April 2008
Waltham Fields Community Farm
Farm Friends Newsletter
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Volunteer Opportunies
Spotlight on Our Programs
Beyond the Farm

EMS 20% Off!Member Discount April 17,18 and 19

As a member of Waltham Fields Community Farm, you can get a 20% discount at Eastern Mountain Sports' Newton Store (300 Needham St.) on April 17,18 and 19.  Just print this email out as proof of your membership.  Have fun!


Walk for Hunger, Sunday, May 4th

Have you been thinking of doing the Walk for Hunger this year?  We'd love for you to join the Waltham Fields Farm Friends team!  All you have to do is register yourself as a walker (you can even be a virtual walker and raise money without actually walking!), and assign yourself to the Waltham Fields Farm Friends team.  The company name to use is "Waltham Fields Community Farm", and the company type is a "Project Bread Funded Agency".  Many thanks to Project Bread for supporting our Hunger Relief efforts! To register, go to www.projectbread.org. 


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Volunteer Service

Dear Farm Friend,

Welcome to our new electronic newsletter for members of Waltham Fields Community Farm! 
Farm Friends Newsletter will focus on the programs that your membership dues support: Hunger Relief, Children's Learning Garden, Farmer Training, and Outreach. 
We'll keep you posted on member benefits (check out the EMS discount!), lots of opportunities to volunteer with us and with other great organizations, and ways to continue to support Waltham Fields. 
Speaking of which, I hope to see you May 2nd at SPROUT!  It's going to be a wonderful night.  (See below to buy your tickets right now!)
Thanks for all you do to keep this good work happening.
Happy spring,
Meg Coward, Executive Director


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.

Hunger Relief Prep

Want to help out with our hunger relief efforts?  Have a little bit of time in the evening?  This year we will be coordinating volunteers to pack up leftover produce after each CSA distribution (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights at 7PM).  The boxed produce will be delivered the next day to emergency food programs.  Email Andy at volunteer@communityfarms.org to let him know you want to help!


Children's Learning Garden

Do you enjoy working with children in out of school settings?  Then consider volunteering with our Children's Learning Garden program to give young visitors to our farm a taste of farm life.  Programs take place weekdays from May through October.  You can volunteer regularly, or for just a few hours.  We're also looking for a CLG Assistant to work with the program throughout the season;  a modest stipend will be provided.  Contact Amanda at farmmanager@communityfarms.org to express your interest.

Volunteer Drop In Hours on the Farm  Come work with our farmers as we get the season off to a great start.  Drop in hours are now Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9AM to Noon.  No need to tell us you're coming, just meet us at the CSA Shed on the farm.  For more information,check our website:  Volunteer Info


Spotlight on Our Programs:
Farmer Training

Notes from the Field
Assistant Grower Jonathan Martinez cleaning out the hoophouse for the spring with volunteer Heidi Strauss and Assistant Farm Manager Andy Scherer.

We always know that spring is truly here when our Assistant Growers arrive for the season.  Erinn Roberts and Jonathan Martinez began their work with us on April 7th, and we are thrilled to have them with us.  Erinn and Jonathan each have experience on other farms and hope to be prepared to manage their own farms by the end of this year.  Amanda Cather, our Farm Manager, will guide their training throughout the season.  During their first week at Waltham Fields, Erinn and Jonathan worked with Amanda to establish their goals for their Farmer Training experience.  They are especially focused on learning more about crop planning, disease and pest identification and management, soil fertility, and tractor use.  They are also both very excited to work with the hundreds of children and adults who will come through the farm this season.  Please help us welcome them to the farm!


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

Mark Walter, Children's Learning Garden Coordinator