Mattapan Farm Stand

Mattapan, Boston, MA

About .......................................................................................

Public art installation
Completion: 2012

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Credits   ..............................................................................................................

  • Project Team
  • Hansy Better Barraza
  • Anthony Piermarini
  • Chris Bull
  • Mykel Terada
  • John DiSalvo
  • Kristen Zeiber
  • Nick Polansky
  • Eugenia Yu
  • Loren Howard
  • Bike Consultant
  • Arc-En-Ciel Studio
  • Metro Pedal Power
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
  • STRUCTURES WORKSHOP
  • Steel Fabricator
  • Trimount Ironworks
  • Photography
  • John Horner

Overview   ..............................................................................................................

It’s a well-documented fact that rates of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes are highest in neighborhoods with inadequate access to sources of fresh food.  In collaboration with local health advocacy group Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition (MFFC) and Brookwood Community Farm, BR+A+CE designed a pedal-powered mobile farm stand for one of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods. The idea was simple; if people can’t get to fresh food, we wanted to bring fresh food to them. The mobile farm stand sells its produce at a local public transit hub, a senior residence, and a popular playground at different times during the day. The farm stand is uniquely designed to draw attention to healthy foods but also to serve as a promoter of biking as a form of physical activity.  The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and its youth arm, the Vigorous Youth, operates the mobile farm stand.  BR+A+CE supplied technical and design expertise as well as organized the fundraising effort and fabrication of the human powered wheeled structure.

BR+A+CE: Building Research + Architecture + Community Exchange is a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization co-founded by the Principals of Studio Luz Architects.