Community Garden Iniative at Native Gold Farms

For release 2 p.m. EDT
May 25, 2018

Native Gold Farms launches Community Garden initiative to share sustainable farming methods with Dighton residents 

Personal plots of land and professional guidance are available at no cost

DIGHTON, Mass. — Native Gold Farms, a 100 percent sustainable grower of New England Winter Squash based in Dighton, today announced that it has launched a Community Gardens initiative that will make available personal plots of farmable land to town residents at no cost. The initiative’s goal is to provide a supportive environment where community members can learn to grow organic fruits and vegetables. Members will be able to develop their agriculture skills while learning from others in their own community.

“We truly have some of the richest farm land in the entire world right here in New England,” said Michel A. Medeiros, Founder and Executive Director of Native Gold Farms. “Creating a space where we can have members of the community learn and develop their agriculture skills is something that we are extremely passionate about.”

Native Gold Farms was founded in January 2017 by Medeiros and Neal F. DosSantos. The Dartmouth natives specialize in growing roughly a dozen varieties of Specialty Winter Squash, including Butternut, Spaghetti, Blue Hubbard, Gold Nugget, Sweet Dumpling, Carnival, Kobacha, Jester, Delicata, Georgia Candy Roaster, and Acorn.

“For the most part, we have no idea what goes into the foods that we put on our plates on a daily basis,” said Medeiros. “By producing locally and choosing to practice only sustainable methods of fertilizer, hydration and pest control, we can begin to understand what goes into the foods that we consume. A healthy lifestyle starts with what you eat and by practicing organic methods you can ensure you are producing fruits and vegetables that are nutritious for your body.” 

A large meta-analysis published in 2014 in the British Journal of Nutrition, which included data from more than 300 studies, found that organic crops have substantially higher concentrations of a number of antioxidants and other potentially beneficial compounds.

For instance, organic crops had about 50 percent more flavonols compared with conventional crops. Flavonol compounds have been shown to protect cells from damage, which can help fend off disease. The study also showed that organic crops contain lower levels of pesticide residues and lower concentrations of the metal cadmium, which is naturally occurring in soil.

“Health benefits of eating organic aside, we should all be adding more fruits and vegetables to our diets,” said Medeiros. “A plant-based diet is widely recognized as the most beneficial for our overall wellbeing and is the most effective for maintaining a healthy weight. There is no better way to make vegetables a major part of your diet than by growing them yourself.”

To learn more about the Community Gardens initiative, visit NativeGoldFarms.com or reach out directly to contact@nativegoldfarms.com.

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