Every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. on the Greenfield Common

According to a member of RJR’s coordinating committee, “Back in the last week of May 2020 when George Floyd was killed, Racial Justice Rising vigiled 5 times.  It was clear that this was not going to be pushed under the rug and that the movement we’ve all been longing for was finally happening. RJR sent out the message that we were going to be out there every Saturday from 10am to 11am on the Greenfield Common to keep the presence alive.”



Our monthly program series is supported in part by grants from Amherst, Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Gill, Greenfield, Heath, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Pelham, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick, Wendell and Whately Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Saturday, February 20, 2021, 1:30 p.m.
Food Forests – A 5–Year Plan for The Health of You and Your Environment, 
with Eliza Caldwell and Adam Matlock

View a video of the presentation!

Learn about FOOD FORESTS, a multi-year approach to gardening using fruit trees, perennial plants, and shrubs. Food forests take into account the needs of insects and pollinators, as well as ourselves, and can transform an ordinary garden into a flourishing ecosystem that provides both nourishment and a deeper engagement with our environment.

Food Forests can  mitigate food desert conditions in predominantly Black and Latino communities and serve as a model of future resilience against the increasing effects of climate change.

The program will include time for discussion via chat.

Eliza Caldwell is the Community Gardens manager for Gather New Haven (CT). Adam Matlock is a gardener, music teacher, and accordionist whose Town of a Thousand Gardens project brings food forests and community gardens to his town of Hamden, CT.   Adam and Eliza work actively in their own yard to model the possibilities of a small scale food forest.



Meets twice a month for 1½ hours, via Zoom. The meetings are from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. EST on the first and third Wednesday each month. See Reparations Committee for more information.