The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan is a vacant and distressed Boston Landmark with two historic buildings and abundant open space. The site is being repurposed as a training center for prospective commercial urban farmers, and as a place where the public can learn how to grow and prepare good local food. The project restores the 18th century house for offices and meeting spaces, and the 19th century carriage barn for a classroom and teaching kitchen and the 10,000 sf of land as growing beds and greenhouse for the training program.
The project is a unique multi-disciplinary partnership of Historic Boston Inc., the Urban Farming Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and North Bennet Street School. Members of the team, along with their building and landscape architects, will present the details and challenges of this property’s renewal and talk about its potential to create a distinctive place and to influence broader neighborhood change in Mattapan.