East Boston Care Collectives: Healing with Plants at Eastie Farm
For summer 2023, the Institute of Contemporary Art collaborated with organizations and individuals in East Boston who support community healing and well-being. Many are members of the thriving East Boston Community Healing Center Project, a group of 20-plus members who actively offer wellness interventions in response to the stresses and traumas experienced by many residents. Their work in this neighborhood that has for generations witnessed the arrival of new immigrants is culturally rooted and community-led—a hallmark of the community activism historically found in East Boston.
Eastie Farm is a non-profit organization dedicated to pursuing climate justice, improving food access, and fostering community resilience. Eastie Farm builds interactive urban agricultural spaces and environmental education programs in which residents of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to learn and take part in the production of healthy, locally grown, and culturally relevant foods.