April 2009

Waltham Fields Community Farm
Farm Friends Newsletter
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Free Admission to Earth Day Celebration at NE Wildflower Society's Garden in the Woods
April 25th
Enjoy free admission from 9-5, tour the Garden of Rare and Endangered Plants, visit the Invasive Plant Jail, learn about solar energy and rain barrels!
Meet Miss Earth Massachusetts from 12:30-2:30pm!
More info at www.newfs.org
Buccaneers of Buzz: Celebrating the Honey Bee!
May 1st-3rd

Check out this multi-media performance on May 1-3 in Kendall Square, Cambridge, about the amazing abilities of honeybees and the relationship beekeepers have with their bees.
The show includes video, dance, and music, and recently won a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
It's sponsored both by the Cambridge Science Festival and Rialto Arts, a non-profit arts and environmental organization based in Watertown, MA.
More info at:
Welcome to our newest Farm Residents!
The Hawke Family's Chickens are now living at the Farm. Come say hello!

Dear Farm Friend,

We'd love to see you at SPROUT this year.
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SPROUT 2009: A Benefit for
Waltham Fields Community Farm
Saturday, May 16th
Charles River Museum of Industry
154 Moody St. in Waltham
(no street access, enter from the river path)
Fabulous silent auction - vacations, quilts, restaurant and entertainment gift certificates, CSA shares and more!
Delicious local food prepared by the chef/owner of Prose Restaurant in Arlington!
Open Bar! Live Jazz Music!
Museum Halls Open - Come see the exhibit on the History of the Bicycle!
Purchase tickets at www.communityfarms.org/sprout
All proceeds from the event will be used to support Waltham Fields Community Farm's hunger relief and education efforts.
Happy Spring!
Claire Kozower, Executive Director
WFCF Welcomes 2009 Seasonal Staff
We are thrilled to have hired Jericho Bicknell as the Farm's first Education and Outreach Coordinator! Jericho has a Masters in Nutrition Science and Policy from the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at Tufts University. Her past experiences include educational programming at Shelburne Farms in Vermont, delivering risk management strategies to farmers while working with the University of Vermont Extension Service, and most recently, helping to start up Zing Pizza in Porter Square, Cambridge.

We are also thrilled to bring on Nina Rogowsky as our Children's Learning Garden (CLG) Teacher this year. Nina has been working with Healthy Waltham and the Waltham Public Schools coordinating school gardens and related programming with students.
Paula Jordan will return as our CLG Assistant for the spring and fall programs, and Mark Walter is helping us to build an outdoor classroom in the CLG space, and share his knowledge from his experience as the CLG Teacher for the past three years.

Our Farmer Training program is off to a great start with the returning of Jonathan Martinez, Dan Roberts and Erinn Roberts. Jonathan and Erinn are back for a second year of training, and Dan has entered his first year of the program after being part of the Field Crew last year. This year's 4 Field Crew members will start in June.
Upcoming Events At the Farm
Plant Sale at the Farm on Saturday, 6/13

The Community Greenhouse Project at Waverley Place will be selling herb and vegetable seedlings, as well as annual and perennial flowers on Saturday, June 13th, from 8am-12pm. The sale will be located next to our CSA distribution shed.

The Community Greenhouse Project is a program of McLean Hospital, offering vocational training and employment to adults with chronic psychiatric illnesses. The plants are grown by project members in their greenhouse next to ours at the UMass Field Station.

Second Chances Clothing Drive, 6/20-6/27

WFCF is sponsoring a clothing drive at the farm for Second Chances, a non-profit whose mission is to provide clothing to people in need, inform supporters about issues affecting our community and help people connect with local organizations or issues that resonate with their values, skills and personal experiences.

Lend your support by dropping off your used clothing and footwear anytime between Saturday, June 20th and Saturday, June 27th.
Learn more about Second Chances at www.secondchances.org

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