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Land of Providence Holyoke, MA
25 acres

About Land of Providence

Through the generosity of a religious order long committed to Holyoke, everyone can now experience a unique floodplain forest and a riverside working farm with strong ties to urban residents.
 
At this fertile, 25-acre oasis located just minutes from downtown Holyoke and busy I-91, you can picnic alongside the Connecticut River, learn about community farming, and explore the crucial relationships that bind people and place. (You’ll enjoy some memorable views, as well.)

Generously donated by the Sisters of Providence, Land of Providence reservation provides farmland to Trustees partner Nuestras Raices (“Our Roots”), a local nonprofit organization that promotes urban agriculture and cultural pride among Latinos and other immigrant populations. Dozens of local residents, from master farmers to youth groups, farm the land and raise livestock, not only feeding their families but providing fresh, local food to the community as well.

As you walk the farm roads and footpaths, you’ll enjoy an up-close look at busy chickens and get an earful from “talkative” roosters and whinnying horses. Be sure to check out what’s just been planted, what’s ready for harvest, and what’s for sale. Or wander along the riverside path and pause to ponder its flow at a bench along its banks.

When to Visit
April 1 to November 30, daily, sunrise to sunset. Land of Providence can be accessed from our Route 5 entrance and from the entrance on Jones Ferry Road.

Facilities
Public restrooms (open seasonally) nearby only!

 

Regulations & Advisories

To help protect this unique resource, we ask that you please comply with the following regulations:

  1. Please respect the tranquility of Land of Providence for everyone's enjoyment of their visit here.
  2. Land of Providence is open from April 1 – November 30, daily, sunrise to sunset. Entering or remaining on the property at other times is prohibited.
  3. For your safety and the safety of your children, please stay on the marked trail and away from parking agricultural areas, farm equipment, and tool storage areas.
  4. Please DO NOT help yourself to food. Food grown on the farm is the property of the farmers, who sell it for their livelihood. Please DO visit the farm store where you can purchase produce.
  5. The following are prohibited at Land of Providence:
    • Littering, dumping, or other trash disposal
    • Unauthorized vehicles (including bikes)
    • Unauthorized fires, camping, or hunting
    • Pets
    • Disturbing, defacing, or otherwise damaging a natural feature, sign, structure, or other property.

Land of Providence is a property of The Trustees of Reservations. Visitors are welcome, but with the understanding that they use the area at their own risk and that they comply with all the above regulations.

Whoever disregards or violates any of these regulations is subject to arrest, fine, and imprisonment as provided by law. The Trustees of Reservations cannot assume responsibility for injuries or for the loss or theft of personal property.

Directions

Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01330
Telephone: 413.532.1631
pvregion@ttor.org

Latitude: 42.1652
Longitude: -72.6325

Get directions on Google Maps. 

Directions to Main Parking Lot

From I-91: Take Exit 14 and proceed downhill towards the Mass Pike, but instead of turning into the Mass Pike entrance, drive straight onto the ramp for Route 5 North, Riverdale Street , Holyoke. Once on Route 5 you will go through three lights. The Land of Providence entrance is 0.4 miles from the first traffic light at the intersection of Route 5 with Highland Avenue and Marion Street. At the third traffic light, signal and move into the right lane and turn sharply before the sign for Land of Providence into the entrance and parking area.
From I-90:
Take Exit 4. Pass through the toll and immediately exit right onto the ramp for Route 5 North, Riverdale Street, Holyoke. Once on Route 5, follow the directions for I-91, above.
From Route 5 Northbound
: Land of Providence is on the divided section of Route 5 directly across from Providence Behavioral Hospital. The entrance is 0.4 miles from the light at Highland Avenue (the left turn for Holyoke Mall). After that intersection, follow the directions for I-91, above.
From Route 5 Southbound
: Land of Providence is on the divided section of Route 5 directly across from Providence Behavioral Hospital. You need to travel past the Hospital and make a U-turn at the light at Highland Avenue. After the U-turn, you will go through two traffic lights. After the second, signal and move into the right lane and turn sharply before the sign for Land of Providence into the entrance and parking area.
Public Transportation
: PVTA Red 25. There is currently no bus that goes directly to Land of Providence. However, you can take the Red 25 PVTA bus to Providence Hospital. Land of Providence is a half-mile walk down the hill and then north along Route 5/Main St. The entrance to Land of Providence will be on your right.

Directions to Jones Ferry Parking Lot

The Jones Ferry Road parking lot is located on Jones Ferry Road off of Main Street in Holyoke. To access Land of Providence, park in the lot and walk through the Nuestras Raices farm and over the footbridge.
From I-90: Take Exit #4 (West Springfield/I-91 exit). After passing through the toll booth, bear right to the Rt. 5 exit. Merge onto Rt. 5 North (Riverdale St./Holyoke). Follow Riverdale Street for about 8/10 of a mile. You will come to a traffic light and a fork in the road. Bear right at the fork onto Main Street. There will be signs directing you to Rts. 116 and 202 and Holyoke Center. Take the first right onto Jones Ferry Road. There will be a sign for a community garden at the entrance to the road. Turn left into the parking lot.
From I-91: Take Exit #14 (Mass Pike). Stay on the left side of the exit ramp and follow the signs for Rt. 5 Riverdale Street. Take the Rt. 5 North (Riverdale St./Holyoke) exit then follow the directions for I-90 (above).
Mapping online: 8 Oscar Street, Holyoke, MA 01040. Please note that Oscar Street is actually the parking lot itself with access from Jones Ferry Road. The Land of Providence Reservation is located along the intersection of Main Street and Route 5 and does not have a street number. To access Land of Providence, walk through the Nuestras Raices farm and over the footbridge.

Admission

When to Visit
April 1 to November 30, daily, sunrise to sunset. Land of Providence can be accessed from our Route 5 entrance and from the entrance on Jones Ferry Road.

Admission
FREE to all

Property History

Property Acquisition History
Gift from the Sisters of Providence in 2009.

Programs

Tours are available by appointment; $2 donation per person welcome. Please call 413.532.1631 x13 or email pvregion@ttor.org.

Maps and Resources

A printed trail map is available for free at the bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies sometimes run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.

To find out more about Nuetras Raíces, please visit their website.

To find out more about Sisters of Providence, please visit their website.



Planning Your Visit

Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.

Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:

  • Protect wildlife and plants.
  • Guard against all risk of fire.
  • Help keep air and water clean.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
  • Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
  • Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
  • Enjoy and share the landscape with others.

Click on links below for further visitor information:

Before Setting Out

Enjoying Trustees Reservations

Safety

About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land

Tell Us What You Think

We’d love to hear about your visit! Here are three easy ways to let us know what you think:

  1. Take our visitor survey. If you have a question for us, you can ask us in the survey and we’ll get back to you.

  2. Post a comment about your visit on our Facebook page.

  3. Share your experiences with other visitors on our website. Simply fill out the form below, and we’ll post your comment right here on this page.


Submitted by Ali on: October 27, 2011
I had the pleasure of visiting Nuestras Raices yesterday with Smith College. As a member of a church that started a community garden in a city with a large Ecuadorean and Brazilian population, I was especially pleased to see such respect for culture, connected with the mission of food production and education. In addition, all of the people we met were wonderful, and provided such inspiration for me and my classmates. We especially liked Jesus, who was incredibly nice, and gave an excellent overview of the many things that the farm engages.



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Announcements & Alerts

Please contact the Holyoke office (413.532.1631) before your visit for the most current visitation details. In general, we invite you to visit us April 1 to November 30, daily, sunrise to sunset. Note that the parking lot is not plowed.

Upcoming Things To Do
No events for this reservation at this time.
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