SOUTH SHORE YMCA

South Shore YMCA Family Farm

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY FARM!

Located between the South Shore YMCA’s Early Learning Center in Hanover and the Emilson branch of the South Shore YMCA in Hanover, the SSYMCA Family Farm exists to provide the community and our visitors with tangible learning experiences in organic farming.

LOCATION: 1075 Washington Street Hanover, MA, 02339. The SSYMCA Family Farm is located immediately behind the SSYMCA Early Learning Center – access the Family Farm via the ELC entrance on Route 53 and proceed to the back of the building/parking lot. 

Mission and Purpose

The South Shore YMCA Family Farm invites visitors to participate in hands-on learning while giving back to the community. This previously vacant land has been brought into cultivation using sustainable and ecologically sound practices, integrating with the natural landscape. The farm supports the mission of the YMCA by providing educational opportunities and growing fresh produce to donate to food pantries.

Volunteering

Volunteers are crucial for the farm’s operations. Individuals, families, and groups volunteer their time to help with all aspects of the farm, such as planting, weeding, harvesting, composting, and mulching. Volunteers also help with special projects, such as building picnic tables, benches, and flowerbeds.

The South Shore YMCA’s Family Farm in Hanover is now open for planting! 

  • Drop-in volunteer hours: Saturday mornings, from 8:00am-11:00am. These are family-friendly opportunities and all are welcome!

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CONTACT

For Volunteering Opportunities

Nina Rogowsky, Director of Farming
nrogowsky@ssymca.org | 781-427-6167

Chris Jacobs, Executive Director, SSYMCA South Shore Natural Science Center
cjacobs@ssymca.org | 781-659-2559

To Support The Farm Through Donations

Michelle Duggan, Senior Development Director
mduggan@ssymca.org | 781-264-9416

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Education

Children enrolled at the Hanover Early Learning Center and at Camp Gordon Clark at the Emilson branch are able to walk to the farm with their groups, where they experience firsthand how to grow food and care for nature. With child-sized tools and interactive features, the farm is designed to engage children’s natural curiosity while providing a safe environment for exploration.

Feeding Our Food Pantry

The majority of the produce grown at the SSYMCA Family Farm is donated to food pantries, where fresh foods are not typically available. It is critical to the farm’s mission, as well as the broader mission of the South Shore YMCA, to promote healthy living by making these fresh foods available to those in need.

Donation

The majority of the produce grown at the SSYMCA Family Farm is donated to food pantries, where fresh foods are not typically available. It is critical to the farm’s mission, as well as the broader mission of the South Shore YMCA, to promote healthy living by making these fresh foods available to those in need.

Donate to the SSYMCA Family Farm

The majority of the produce grown at the SSYMCA Family Farm is donated to food pantries, where fresh foods are not typically available. It is critical to the farm’s mission, as well as the broader mission of the South Shore YMCA, to promote healthy living by making these fresh foods available to those in need.

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