Client: Mattapan Food & Fitness Committee, Brookwood Community Farm
Design Team: John DiSalvo, Mykel Terada
Supervising Architect: Hansy Better
Fabricator: Trimount Ironworks
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The Mattapan Mobile Farm Stand began with a simple premise: if people can’t get to fresh food where they live, why not bring fresh food to them? In Mattapan, one of Boston’s southernmost neighborhoods, access to fresh produce can be a challenge. In collaboration with local health advocacy group Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition (MFFC) and Brookwood Community Farm, BR+A+CE worked to design a pedal-powered farm stand to supplement the weekly Mattapan farmer’s market and help reach underserved parts of the neighborhood.
The mobile farm stand is capable of safely transporting and displaying eight bins of produce. Aided by gas springs, its origami-like bin covers and top bin carriers hinge open in opposite directions, creating a canopied display area. An abstraction of the letters MFFC is laser cut from the canopy as a custom perforation, casting dynamic shadows when open and reducing the weight of the leaves when in motion.
The Mattapan Mobile Farm Stand was a recipient of a grant from the Awesome Foundation, and a generous donation from the office of the Mayor of Boston enabled MFFC to hire two members of its Vigorous Youth group to operate the farm stand for its inaugural season.