Homecoming Farm is a community-sustained agriculture project that connects people to the earth by engaging them in growing their own food, learning about sustainability, and taking home organic produce grown right in their own community. CCE Fellows have volunteered at the farm this semester helping the farm get organized and prepare to kick off the season. Last weekend the farm hosted Spring Awakening, “BEE the Change,” which was a day to appreciate the important pollinating role that bees play and how they make it possible to grow all of our favorite fruits and vegetables. CCE Fellows volunteered at the event by greeting guests, helping with the natural honey tasting, and making sure everything ran smoothly as we all learned about the impact of bees.
CCE Fellow and Homecoming Farm volunteer Pakelody Cheam says: “The Bee fundraising event was amazing. I loved being able to see people come together to appreciate what we often ignore. There’s a pure connection between the Homecoming Farm project and the people who work there – it’s refreshing to play a part in it.” The farm invites member families from the community to donate 15 hours of service each season planting, tending, and harvesting. Then 20% of all produce is donated to the Interfaith Nutrition Network (the INN) soup kitchen in Hempstead, NY. The rest is taken home by community members who have worked to grow the food with their own hands and learned about sustainability along the way.
The farm’s next goal is to work on planting crops for the summer and preparing new land for farming. As they expand, they could always use more support from the community. If you are interested in getting involved, visit www.homecomingearth.org or their Facebook page.