Raspberry Hill Community Garden Mission Statement

"To create a site where community members can have access to agricultural land, education, and other resources needed to grow healthy, organic crops, with the opportunity to strengthen relationships in our rural community."


Our Project

Our community garden seeks to fill an important void in our area: access to gardening land for those in transition or without land, or for those who need extra support such as education and resources to build organic, nutrient dense soil. In addition, we are in need of more community building activities to strengthen our neighborhood ties in an otherwise isolating landscape. Furthermore, the community garden establishes public space for group garden projects and workshops to benefit the community at large. 

This program is supported in part by grants from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and the Plainfield, Cummington, and Goshen Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 

Raspberry Hill Community Garden is currently sponsored by Raven Wood Freedom Farm and Learning Center, Inc., a 501 C3, non-profit organization created to provide education programs for children and adults. Their focus is on human and ecological diversity including but not limited to farm, nature, and arts programming.

We gratefully accept donations to help with our projects. Please contact us at:

            info@raspberryhillgarden.org






Our Place

In 2007, Evelyn Guyette gifted part of her farm on Gloyd Street in Plainfield, Massachusetts to 
The Franklin Land Trust  in honor of her husband Harry. Guyette Farm is one of a number of properties owned and managed by FLT for wildlife management and education. FLT has established a natural history interpretative trail system on the land for the public to enjoy, and offers community events and educational programs there. They plan to continue adding to the trail system and hope to restore the historic barn on the property. FLT also partners with organizations such as the Student Conservation Association to help with training their members, and with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on wildlife management projects.

 

In 2011, we formed an agreement with the Franklin Land Trust to cultivate part of the land for a community garden. The Guyette family had three large gardens where they were known for their cauliflower and squash. Harry was known as "the cauliflower man." Our community garden is on the site of those gardens and we are restoring the blueberry and raspberry patches. Part of our seed saving project will grow Harry's squash again.