Mattapan’s oldest building to become urban farming center

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From The Boston Globe:

Mattapan’s oldest building, a 200-year-old farmhouse, might soon see another harvest.

Its barren grounds will transform into planting beds. The 2½-story wooden house will be restored to its 18th-century appearance. It will become a gathering place for residents and a training hub for farming entrepreneurs.

A symbol of the region’s agrarian past, the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm will soon provide a glimpse into the future as headquarters for the Urban Farming Institute.

On Monday evening, community leaders will kick off a campaign to raise more than $1 million to restore the property at 487 Norfolk St. through partnerships with Historic Boston Inc., the Urban Farming Institute, the Trust for Public Land, North Bennet Street School, and the city.

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