The Community Barn, located at 37 Wheeler Road, Grafton, MA, is a frequent the site for Grafton Historical Society program events.
From the Mass. Pike:
- Take Exit 11 (Millbury, Rt. 122), turn right onto Rt. 122 South.
- Proceed a little over 2 miles, during which time Rt. 140 will merge in from the left, and you will then pass under the Mass Pike.
- At the base of a down grade, look for Wheeler Road on the right – turn in there. If you reach the Stop & Shop you have gone too far.
- Follow Wheeler Road up the hill until near the point where it ends at North Brigham Hill Rd. You will see the farm and barn on the left.
In the 1970’s, Bill and Rose Abbott of Hopkinton, MA began to donate vegetables from their farm to hunger relief organizations in the Boston area. As their efforts grew, Food for the Needy was formed, which became Community Harvest Project in 2002 when the barn was completed.
The Community Barn is the headquarters of the Community Harvest Project (link) and the Grafton Land Trust (link). Construction began in 2001 as part of the Community Harvest Project’s mission “To build an engaged and healthier community by bringing volunteers together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief.” The barn and surrounding farm has been visited by the United States Speaker of the House of Representatives and other dignitaries interested in fostering the aims of the Community Harvest Project.
You can see the story of the barn’s construction at the CHP website: (link).
Learn more about the Community Harvest Project’s history at: http://www.community-harvest.org/about-us/mission-history.