Breakneck Hill Farm is committed to food security and food access for under served communities. People who live in the inner city and use food pantries have little access to quality grass fed beef. We are currently setting up a relationship with the 12 Baptist Church in Roxbury http://tbcboston.org/tbc/food-pantry-ministry-2/. We contacted their food pantry and Anna and Daryl came out to the farm on Sunday to pick up 100 lbs of donated ground beef to distribute on Tuesday. Our 4H club will also be collecting food for donation to the church food pantry. Anyone interested in donating non-perishable food items can drop them off most evenings or contact Paul Bourdon at 508-330-7216. We also hope to host a girl scout troop from the church in the spring.
Our relationship with the Department of Youth Services continued with a visit on a beautiful November Friday. Four boys from Boston who have never seen a farm before came to Breakneck Hill Farm for a tour. We started out with a visit to the Milking Devon cattle and then visited the chickens and pigs. We talked about how cows and sheep are able to eat grass because of their four stomaches and how pigs are omnivores like us. We then went and visited the herd of Belted Galloways in the Community Garden. We went out into the orchard and were able to collect a couple of bags of apples to feed the cows. Finally, we ended the visit by taking Exeter, our Milking Devon bull calf out on a halter. These experiences are taken for granted by suburban kids. Some of these young men had never seen a cow before. Its amazing to see young people who are growing up in very difficult, stressful and violent situations act like they’re kids here. They seem to feel safe here. Unfortunately, the kids in this program will return to the same difficult environment when they finish their stay in Grafton. My vision for this farm is to eventually have a relationship with an inner city program where the kids can come out here and experience the farm on an ongoing basis. I also hope we can also have an ongoing relationship with a food pantry, where we donate our grass-fed beef to people who couldn’t afford it even if they had access.
The 4-H club has changed to a more science oriented club with an agricultural emphasis. We will still offer livestock projects but meetings will explore the science behind the agriculture. The new science club will also be visiting at least one fossil site a year.
For more information please contact: Paul Bourdon email@example.com
Henry and Peter at the 4H fair.