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Friday, March 8 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Urban Farm Development for Neighborhood Health and Resilience

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Creating equitable, healthy, and resilient neighborhoods asks design and development teams to deliberately engage with the physical, social, historic, and environmental contexts of a site. This panel tells the story of the redevelopment of a historically significant site in Mattapan, one of Boston’s majority Black and Brown neighborhoods. Led by the Urban Farming Institute (UFI) and Historic Boston Inc, the design team created the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. This highly productive urban farm is part of a larger effort by UFI to bring new green spaces, opportunities for education, meaningful employment, and increased access to healthy food to the residents of Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester.

Over the last five years, the founders of the UFI have partnered with local organizations to build a vital commercial agriculture sector in the City of Boston. These projects have connected the will, vision, and initiative of Black and Brown residents with the assets and resources of project development teams to build a more equitable community. The recently completed Fowler Clark Epstein Farm--the project's crown jewel--is a historic corner property in Mattapan. This site is one of the oldest farmhouses in Boston (now a Historic Landmark), and it hosts just under a half acre of growing space, newly renovated offices, a Farm Manager’s Residence, and a teaching kitchen for UFI’s green collar jobs training.

How did this happen, what did our team learn, and how can we adapt this model in Boston and beyond? The members of FCE's design and development team, including Perkins+Will, Historic Boston, the Trust for Public Land, and the Regenerative Design Group, discuss how they worked with UFI to bring a form of redevelopment that serves to increase the resilience and health of one neighborhood with many contexts.

01 / Explore the idea of equity, resilience, and regeneration from the perspective of the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm partners and design team
02 / Understand the project-specific drivers and stakeholders' positions in creating an urban farm in the City of Boston and how these drivers enacted values of equity in this project
03 / Engage with the regenerative approaches to planning, programming, historic preservation, development, and design
04 / Apply ideas, thinking, and strategies from this case study to other urban landscape projects

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 1.5 HRS

avatar for Keith Zaltzberg

Keith Zaltzberg

Principal, Regenerative Design Group
Keith is an environmental designer and founding principal of the Regenerative Design Group. He works with clients to create resilient and productive landscapes that contribute to human well-being and social justice, regenerate ecological vitality, and create beauty. Keith draws on... Read More →
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Stephen Messinger

Architect, Perkins+Will
From Concepts through Construction I lead the design process to ensure a successful project for the Client. Working with an amazing team of talented and dedicated professionals inside of Perkins+Will, I strive to keep the central mission of thoughtful and sustainable design to make... Read More →
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Barbara Knecht

Urban Farming Institute
I say my work has taken me “from dirt to dirt,” and is tied to an enduring obsession with the intersection of people and designed environments - making physical and social environments that work for people. My professional title is architect. Currently I turn vacant lots into... Read More →
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Lisa Lewis

Senior Project Manager, Historic Boston INC
Lisa is a Senior Project Manager at Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI), a non-profit organization that rehabilitates and finds new uses for important at-risk historic buildings that support the vibrancy of Boston’s neighborhoods. Lisa began her work in project management in 1989... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Sage Bowers Auditorium Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  Health, Agriculture
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 1.5 HRS - Self Report

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