Mount Grace’s purchase of the former Workers’ Credit Union Building in Orange marked the beginning of a new partnership between the trust and the North Quabbin Community Co-op. The building now serves as the home for Quabbin Harvest, the Co-op’s retail store and headquarters.
Mount Grace and the Co-op are joining together to support local farms with a robust local market for their produce. The partnership with the Co-op is part of a farmland conservation strategy that addresses existing gaps in our local food system in order to help keep our region’s farmers on the land.
Land conservation alone is only part of the solution to keep our farms in production. Increasing access to affordable farmland, processing and storage infrastructure, local markets, and distribution networks is just as important.