The Community Food Collaborative (CFC) helps foster a greater sense of community by involving neighbors, volunteer organizations and mentoring local youth throughout each growing season to produce nutritious organic vegetables for the Saint John Paul II Food Pantry which serves the hungry in both Southbridge and Sturbridge.
We are putting out the call for more Partners to join us in developing the organic garden such as local companies, organizations, schools, seniors, community volunteers, social groups. We plan to involve volunteers of all ages working together, getting to know each other, having fun and feeling good knowing we are helping those in need in our local communities.
Current Partners include:
Rotary Club of Sturbridge
Rotary Club of Southbridge
Joseph Coan Landscape Architecture
Sturbridge Federated Church
St. John Paul II Food Pantry
The CFC garden is located at 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566. It sits directly behind Sadie Green’s Emporium and alongside Route 84. It can be accessed from Maple Street, turn left after the Town Hall and drive to the very back parking lot where you’ll see the CFC Garden sign.
After researching and visiting four different available sites for the garden, we chose the site on Maple Street. Several years ago it had been a garden for the members of the Federated Church of Sturbridge. Currently full of weeds, it already has a fence, raised beds (which need some repair), and a tool shed that needs painting. We are excited to get working on it in preparation for spring planting.
CFC is a volunteer based non-profit community organization that has come together to build a community garden which will provide fresh, organic vegetables for those in need in Sturbridge and Southbridge and we donate 100% of what we grow.
The idea was suggested by Joseph Coan, a local Landscape Architect. The Rotary Club of Sturbridge liked the idea and have been joined by the Rotary Club of Southbridge. One objective of Sturbridge Rotary has been to help feed the less fortunate and have been doing so for a number of years with an annual dedicated fundraiser for the St. John Paul II Food Pantry. Southbridge Rotary has done something similar. Therefore, it was a logical transition for both Clubs to add another level of help for the Food Pantry. Sturbridge Rotary took the initiative to organize within the structure of a Rotary Community Corps of Sturbridge & Southbridge. This Corps oversees all aspects of the CFC.