From Senator Barrett’s Facebook, MARCH 10th, 2019–
We shouldn’t let this happen: By the end of 2019, the University of Massachusetts plans to evict eight nonprofit organizations, each of them involved in advancing sustainable agriculture, local produce, and healthy urban diets for eastern Massachusetts, from a century-old “field station” it owns in Waltham. Profoundly disappointing, to say the least; UMass even concedes it doesn’t want the property for anything else.
Tenants include the Boston Area Gleaners, Mass Farmers Markets, the Boston Area Climate Experiment, and Grow Native Massachusetts. On Saturday, a crowd of Greater Bostonians showed up to begin to fight back. I joined the tenants and Waltham City Councilor Sharline Nabulime in describing the absurdity of a public institution evicting nonprofit tenants working in the public interest. The university system needs to acknowledge that issues around food, health, and healthy choices belong on its agenda.
We ask you to honor the mission, UMass. Preserve the farm. Protect the tenants.