The Field Fund was founded on Martha’s Vineyard in 2017 by three working mothers who were eager to prove that healthy, organically maintained grass playing fields are the safest, most environmentally and financially responsible choice for Island schools, towns, and children.
The Field Fund offers both supplemental maintenance and renovations of playing fields; along with training and support for our partner schools and towns personnel, with the goal of improving the quality of these important recreational spaces for the Island community. Thoughtful, data-driven maintenance allows for intensive use, while minimizing surface-related injuries, rainouts, irrigation, and synthetic inputs. We encourage our partner schools and towns to leave their fields open – and offer additional maintenance in exchange. The grass can take it.
Another happy byproduct of The Field Fund’s work is that the fields serve as a climate mitigation tools by sequestering carbon in their soil and offering a natural cooling effect. Children can enjoy sport in nature, not at the expense of it.
Beyond our work here on Martha’s Vineyard, The Field Fund supports grass growing efforts in communities nationwide. While our formula for success is specific to the Island’s unique soil and climate, community needs, and sports culture, our approach can be adapted and applied to any place looking to better maintain their fields without breaking the bank or poisoning their environment. Our greatest reward is being able to share our experience – pitfalls and all! – with others.
Ran a pilot program to test our maintenance practices and refine our approach
Partnered with The Oak Bluffs School, The West Tisbury School, the Town of West Tisbury, and the Town of Chilmark for a total of about 8.25 acres of fields
Expanded community partners to include Edgartown School and Tisbury’s Veterans Memorial Park
Worked with The Oak Bluffs School and Town to prepare for the rebuilding of its two fields starting in June
Hosted a training with Natural Grass Advisory Group for The Field Fund team and partner groundskeepers
Honored at the MA State House for our work as Champions of Toxics Use Reduction by TURI
Received second community grant from TURI to fund a “Get Out The Word on Grass” campaign which included building this website and creating our videos
Fall 2018 & Beyond
Hosted 2-day professional training with Natural Grass Advisory Group for The Field Fund team and partner groundskeepers
Purchased new moveable soccer goals for Chilmark and Oak Bluffs School
Consider renovation of The West Tisbury School field(s) or Edgartown School field if needed
Full renovation of The Tisbury School fields. We have formally supported the school renovation effort in Tisbury and hope to work with them to realize an updated campus when the time comes