FEAST Farm is a collaborative program of the City of Montpelier’s Community Services divisions: Parks, Recreation, and the Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC). FEAST Farm was launched early in 2020 and provides nutritious, local food to our aging population through the FEAST Senior meals program. Additionally, we endeavor to bring people of all ages to the farm in order to provide them with meaningful work and volunteer experiences and to educate them about sustainable agriculture.

In its first year, FEAST Farm grew over 1,000 pounds of fresh produce specifically to provide the FEAST Senior Meals kitchen with organic, local ingredients.

20201021_bta_FEAST Farm (1)FEAST Farm captured by Times Argus Photographer Jeb Wallace Brodeur. Used with permission.

FEAST Farm Journal

  1. September 2020
  2. October 2020
  3. January 2021

Submitted by Jacqueline Huettenmoser, Parks Supervisor and FEAST Farm Manager: Montpelier's Community Services staff gathered early on Monday morning at the FEAST Farm to prepare for the farm tour. We spent the morning tidying up the space, even though we were expecting fewer than ten participants. The busy season has come and gone, and in its wake were scattered tools, tarps lain out and forgotten, and materials cluttered beneath the shed roof for protection from the recent rain. It wasn't long before the farm looked tidier than it had in months. While staff put things in order, our high school crew, the Montpelier Youth Conservation Corps, was busy planting garlic. Mid-October is the perfect time to tuck cloves of garlic into the soil. These won't be harvested until mid-summer next year, exemplifying our dedication to the farm for another growing season. By 10 am all the garlic was in the ground and people began to arrive for the farm tour... and more and more kept arriving! We were elated to greet a total of thirty people who were interested in learning more about what we were up to at FEAST Farm. It was such a joy to share the season's journey with these folks, and I look forward to hosting more community events there.