Montclair Community Farms’ mission is to serve as a local, hands-on resource that engages and educates the community through urban farming, affordable food access and healthy living. At the heart of Montclair Community Farms are its Coalition, partners and community volunteers. MCF’s vision is to be a vibrant educational hub for growing and sharing food with the community. MCF is educating and engaging the community through farm, food and health.
At the heart of MCF are its Coalition, several part-time staff, partners and dedicated volunteers. While some organizations have become more or less involved over the years, the core of the Coalition has remained relatively consistent and includes HOMECorp, Montclair Health Department, Montclair History Center(MHC), Montclair State University (MSU), Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Essex County (Essex County 4-H and Master Gardeners), and Montclair DIGS/Montclair Fund for Education and Excellence (MFEE).
The MCF is comprised of two sites. The first is situated on a small plot of land nestled in a residential community in south Montclair on Miller Street that is owned and donated by HomeCorp, and the second is a 6,000 square foot plot located behind the Montclair History Center’s Clark House on Orange Road.
University Engagement Opportunities
The MCF provides a ready platform for engagement for Montclair State faculty and students who have teaching, learning and research interests in sustainability, health and nutrition ecology, urban planning, education, etc. This past year, Montclair State University Professor Christopher Matthews, of the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies, led an archeological dig for his service-learning class at the Montclair Historical Society’s community garden, while another graduate student used the future garden for an internship project.
For more information about the MCF, email Bryan Murdock.