April 2008
Waltham Fields Community Farm
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Dear Farm Friend,
Apologies for two emails in one week!  We promise that our newsletters will not clog up your inbox - generally you will get one every month or two.  This is just an update to let you know about an event that we are cosponsoring this coming Monday, April 21st.  (We somehow omitted it from our newsletter). It should be very interesting. 
By the way, we'd love to see you at the Work Party this weekend, and we hope you'll buy your SPROUT tickets soon!  (See below for more info.)
Come Hear Richard Heinberg
Widely acclaimed author and oil-depletion educator
Peak Oil and the Future of Food and Land Use
Monday April 21st 7:00pm to 9:00pm
First Parish-Unitarian Church, 50 Church Street, Waltham, MA

Heinberg is a senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, and his latest book
Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines addresses resource depletion and the challenges we face as nature rapidly dictates our new limits. He will be talking about the end of cheap oil and its impact on society and government. Come learn how communities can prepare now for growing uncertainties and stresses from the fossil fuel shortage and climate crisis. Following each talk the audience is invited to participate in a discussion of local/community solutions to peak oil currently underway.

This talk will focus in particular on the impact of peak oil on agriculture and food supplies, and the urgent need to rethink land-use policies in light of these new critical challenges. This has particular relevance to the effort by the state to close and sell off for intensive development the 200-acre Fernald home for the severely disabled. Co-sponsors include Mass. Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC), the Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (WATCH), the Fernald Working Group, Waltham Fields Community Farm, and Lexington Global Warming Action

Richard Heinberg is the author of eight books including The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies, Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World, The Oil Depletion Protocol, and Peak Everything. He writes a regular column for The Ecologist, and has also authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in magazines, journals, and across the world-wide web. He has appeared in numerous video documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio's 11th Hour.  www.richardheinberg.com

Upcoming Events

SPROUT!  Friday, May 2nd, 7 to 10PM at the Paine Estate in Waltham. 
Live blues music, delicious food and drink, and an amazing silent auction - all to benefit our hunger relief and education programs. What's not to love??
Get your tickets soon - last year we sold out before the event!  Members get a discount on tickets.  You can purchase yours online or mail in the ticket purchase form and a check.Buy SPROUT Tickets
Volunteer Opportunies

Work Party!  Saturday April 19th and Sunday April 20th, 10AM to 3PM.  Our farmers would love your help building a small pole barn and a walk-in cooler.  Come for as long as you can.  Bring your own water, snacks/lunch, and dress for the weather.  We'll meet you on the farm.  Bring tools if you've got 'em!  Rain date will be Sunday, April 27th.


From all the staff at Waltham Fields Community Farm:
Meg Coward, Executive Director
Amanda Cather
, Farm Manager
Andy Scherer, Assistant Farm Manager
Deb Guttormsen, Administrative and Financial Coordinator
Jonathan Martinez and Erinn Roberts, Assistant Growers

Mark Walter, Children's Learning Garden Coordinator