June 2008
Waltham Fields Community Farm
Farm Friends Newsletter
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Volunteer Opportunies
Spotlight on Our Programs
Beyond the Farm
The High Cost of Health Food:  What Can We Do About It

Thursday, June 12, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Waltham Public Library

This exciting forum will frame the issues from the global to local scale, and present successful community models that can be emulated.  The event is free, but registration is recommended.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 10 by calling Jhana Wallace at 617-230-4487 or jhanaw@gmail.com


Welcome to our New Executive Director
On July 1st, Meg Coward will step down as our Executive Director, and Claire Kozower will take the reigns.  We will miss Meg, and wish her all the best.  We are also very excited for Claire to join us.  Please help us welcome her! 
Logo and Merchandise
 CLG Kids Summer 07

Now that Waltham Fields Community Farm has an official logo for the first time, we also have merchandise!  We will be selling t-shirts and tote bags at special events throughout the season.  Look forward to buying them at CSA Orientations, Third Sunday Gatherings, and the Family Folk Chorale Concert. Be sure to bring cash or your checkbook if you hope to get some farm gear.

Wish List
As our office technology improves, we realize that we could make very good use of an ethernet hub or switch with 8 ports supporting 100Base-TX or higher.  If you know what that means, and you have one to donate, please contact Deb at admin@


Dear Farm Friend,

There's so much happening on the farm right now, and many ways for you to get involved. Enroll your child in our summer program, come to the Family Folk Chorale Concert, volunteer and get your hands dirty! 

Read on for details on these and other upcoming opportunities.

And as always, thanks for your support!

Happy summer,
Meg Coward, Executive Director


Upcoming Events

Family Folk Chorale Concert on the Farm
Saturday, June 21st 2PM
Get your tickets soon!
Boston's premiere intergenerational chorus presents "For the Bounty of the Earth," a concert of songs of the land.  Bring a picnic, a blanket, and your whole family and join us for a wonderful afternoon on the farm.  (Learn more about the chorale at their website: Family Folk Chorale) The Chorale is generously donating all proceeds to the hunger relief and educational programs at Waltham Fields Community Farm.  Their concerts often sell out, so get your tickets soon!  WFCF members can buy discounted tickets on our website:  FFC Concert Tickets

Third Sunday Gathering
Sunday, June 15th 5PM
Join us on the farm for a potluck at 5PM - bring your favorite early summer dish (and don't forget that serving utensil!).  After we eat together, we'll be treated to a Farm Equipment Demonstration from our farmers.  They will show us how each tractor and implement works, and explain how they use the equipment to grow all that food! 

Community Volunteer Day
Sunday, June 15th  1:30 - 4:30 PM

This is a family friendly opportunity to work with our farmers for the afternoon.  Bring the whole family, we'll find tasks for everyone.  (Children need to be accompanied by adults who will stick with them as they work.)  Come for as little or as much time as you like, and join us afterward for the Third Sunday Gathering!

Volunteer Opportunies

Join the Waltham Fields Board of Directors
As a non-profit, Waltham Fields Community Farm is overseen by a Board of Directors.  We are currently recruiting board members to join us in January 2009.  We are especially seeking candidates who have financial expertise, fundraising experience, previous experience on a non-profit board, and/or farming experience.  Please contact Kathy Diamond at kathydia@comcast.net or 617-926-6025 if you think you might be interested, or would like to learn more about the Board.

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.Contact Amanda at farmmanager@communityfarms.org to express your interest.

Volunteer Drop In Hours on the Farm  Come work with our farmers in our busiest season!  You'll learn a lot, get dirty and have fun.  Drop in hours are Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 9AM.  You don't need to tell us that you're coming, but we do ask that you arrive on time at 9AM.  You can stay as long as you like, up until Noon. For more information,check our website:  Volunteer Info


Spotlight on Our Programs:
Children's Learning Garden

CLG Kids Summer 07

Today is the last day our first spring program we have offered through the Children's Learning Garden, and it has been a wonderful success!  Every summer for the last ten years, we have offered kids the opportunity to get to know the farm as their own.  They plant, weed, harvest, taste, cook, and generally have a grand old time!  Mark Walter has returned for his third season running the Children's Learning Garden, and is thrilled to be expanding it into the spring and the fall this year. 

Slots are still available for our summer programs!  Children in Grades 1 through 4 are welcome to sign up for one of two sessions.  Session One will be Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 AM, July 8 to August 12.  Session Two will be Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:00 PM, July 7 to Aug 13.  If you are interested in enrolling your child, please contact Kim Scott at the Waltham Parks and Recreation Department, at 781-314-3480.


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

Mark Walter, Children's Learning Garden Coordinator