The Flats Mentor Farm assists and supports small farmers of diverse ethnic backgrounds by providing them with access to land, farming infrastructure and marketing assistance needed to promote and sustain successful farming enterprises. Located in Lancaster, Massachusetts.
Flats Mentor Farm is a Program of World Farmers
The Flats Mentor Farm (FMF) is located on a 70-acre river bottom parcel of land in Lancaster, Massachusetts. FMF assists and supports small farmers of diverse ethnic backgrounds with the land, farming infrastructure and marketing assistance needed to promote and sustain successful farming enterprises. FMF promotes economically viable agricultural production that protects the environment through the practice of sustainable farming methods. This program offers resources, hands-on-training and technical assistance on soil fertility, irrigation, pest and weed management and marketing. FMF also provides opportunities for beginning farmers to increase their economic returns, and quality of life.
Immigrant farmers have been farming at this location since 1985. In 2005, after many trials and tribulations, the farmers at the Flats Mentor Farm formally organized becoming FMF. Since then, with the support of Heifer International, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, USDA and many others. The farmers at FMF have evolved from growing enough for their immediate and extended families to selling their produce at farmers’ markets in and around Boston. The number of farmers selling at these markets, and the sales generated, have increased each year from 6 farmers markets in 2005 to over 30 in 2008.
Flats Mentor Farm