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Boston issues RFP to create new farms in Dorchester

On July 12, 2011, the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and Boston Redevelopment Authority issued an RFP seeking community groups to create organic farms on three city-owned sites in Dorchester.  Boston will issue five-year leases on the sites at the cost of $500/acre with the option to extend the leases for an additional ten years.
A major objective is to foster community development, so applicants must provide a plan for community participation and engagement in the farm operations and business activities, including how farm neighbors will be involved “in the decision making of the farm and its activities.”  In addition applicants must have a plan to provide “community benefits and outcomes sought by the community,” including but not limited to: making some of the produce available to local residents at an affordable price; providing job training and internships to local residents, particularly youth; making a portion of the produce available to local schools; donating a percentage of produce to food pantries; and making a portion of the produce available to local stores.

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