Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, MA chemical-free
Some of what we grow is available year-round.
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Freedom Food Farm is moving to a new farm location in Raynham, MA! The mission of the farm stays the same, to provide healthy, nutritious food to members of the community throughout the socioeconomic spectrum. Our produce, pork, chickens, and eggs are grown and raised using organic and biodynamic principles, striving to model natural ecological cycles. This translates to healthy food for the community! Donating produce and offering a sliding scale for CSA shares ensure that the whole community has access to this nutritious food.
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Raynham, MA - Freedom Food Farm, founded in 2012, is one of the newest additions to the Rhode Island’s farming community. In just a short time, the farm has already become well-known for their fresh, nutritious, and organically grown produce. At the Wintertime Farmers’ Market in Pawtucket, customers line up for hard-to-find offerings such as striped beets, celeriac, and fennel, and many popular local restaurants such as Chez Pascal, the Dorrance, and Local 121 order Freedom Food Farm’s produce through Farm Fresh’s Market Mobile program.
Chuck Currie, the farm’s general manager, ran a successful organic farm in Vermont for four years before relocating to Rhode Island to be closer to family and friends. Currently, Freedom Food Farm is located on ten acres of land in Johnston near the Providence border, which was DiMeo’s Farm from 1912 until the late 1990’s, when the last member of the DiMeo family involved with running the farm passed away. Since plans are underway to turn the land into a housing development, Freedom Food Farm’s lease is only temporary, and Chuck has been actively looking for a new piece of land to lease or purchase.
Chuck‘s studies in Plant, Soil, and Insect Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst inspired him to pursue farming as a career, and his coursework in sustainable agriculture informs his growing methods. From the start, Freedom Food Farm has followed organic practices, rotating animals and covering crops, and the farm will receive official certification in 2013. 60’-wide sections of crops are separated by 10’ strips of grass, which promotes biodiversity by creating a habitat for insects and also prevents erosion.
In addition to their focus on sustainability, Freedom Food Farm’s core principles center on offering equal food access for the whole community. Produce is donated to the Rhode Island Food Bank and local food pantries each week, and CSA shares are offered on a sliding scale so that fresh, healthy produce is available to people at all income levels.
Chuck’s next plan for Freedom Food Farm is to build a larger CSA program, reaching more of the community, while also experimenting with new families of crops to offer the most biodiversity possible. However, both of these goals require the farm to find a permanent home on a larger piece of land. Given how much Chuck and his team have already accomplished in just a year, it’s not hard to imagine that big things are next for Freedom Food Farm. Stay tuned!