Blue Hill stand offers fresh produce, helps homeless

A community-run farm stand that opened for business on Bue Hill Ave. last week will help a local homeless shelter serve some of the neighborhood’s neediest residents. The farm stand— located at 1062 Blue Hill Avenue — will pass its proceeds along to ReVision House, a nearby facility that helps women and their children.

Fresh produce will be sold at a 50% discount to residents using EBT through the “Boston’s Bounty Bucks” program. Much of the produce sold at the farm stand will be grown by ReVision Home resident volunteers, local interns and youth at the nearby ReVision Urban Farm, a project with enough output to feed 1,200 people their daily servings of produce.

“There is this stereotype that urban communities don’t have any interest in organic produce. But this event shows that there is strong community support for this type of program,” said Victory Program’s President Jonathan Scott.

Since its founding in 1973 Victory Programs has merged with several other community organizations, including ReVision Home in 2005. In addition to shelter and work at the farm, ReVision home also offers internships and career training to its residents.

The farm stand is located on a high-traffic parcel of land owned by the City of Boston, which was licensed to Victory programs for the project. The stand will be open 12– 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October.