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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.
Public restrooms (open seasonally) nearby only!