July 2009  

Waltham Fields Community Farm
Farm Friends Newsletter
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Table of Contents
Kids Garden Program Sign Up
Seeking Board Members
Wish List
Upcoming Events
Erinn's Garlic Braids
WFCF in the News
Summer Garden Program for Kids

We still have a few openings in one of our summer Children's Learning Garden programs this summer for kids ages 6-11.
Tues & Thursdays, 1:30pm-4:00pm, July 7 - August 13
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Join WFCF's Board of Directors

Would you like to serve on the Board?
Let the food movement sweep you off your feet! Join our board of directors to become more deeply involved in the mission of WFCF:  the operation of a sustainable, high-production vegetable farm, farmer recruitment and training, community educational programming, and the distribution of free and low-cost produce to surrounding communities.
We'd love to talk with you if you have time to give, energy to put toward fundraising, and experience in any of the following areas: financial management and accounting, public relations, human resources, farm operations, fundraising, and non-profit work. Please contact
Kathy Diamond
Office Needs
A QuickBooks expert
Laptop computer
Stiff-bristled door mats
Microwave oven
Paper cutter
Frying pan
Mixing bowls
Mixing spoons
Child size scissors for cutting herbs
Garbage bin
Large plastic bins with lids
Heavy duty, reusable plastic drinking cups 
Empty coffee cans/other tins of different sizes
Hand towels
Garden tools, kid and adult sizes 
Clean, food grade, 5-gallon buckets
Clean, 55-gallon drums w/ lids
Upcoming Events At the Farm
Digging in the Dirt Family Programs,  
Fridays, 7/10 and 7/17  
These are the first in a series of programs that we will be offering this summer for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers. We will have 2 programs for each of the following: Waltham residents, farm members, and urban groups so keep an eye out for the programs that apply to you!
Friday, July 10th: For WFCF Members & Area Residents
Friday, July 17th: For Urban Groups (this includes Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, and other towns around Waltham).
Activities will include worm exploration, spreading compost, hunting for insects, and much more. $10/Adult w/1 child, $2/additional child
Email Jericho Bicknell, WFCF Education and Outreach Coordinator, to sign up!
Tour the Bee Hives at the Farm, Saturday 7/11 
Join Natasha Hawke from The Honey Farm for a tour of her beehives on the farm and find out about joining her honey CSA.  There will be protective helmets available for anyone wanting to get up close and personal (bring your own gloves, and long sleeves/pants and don't wear black) but there will be information to hear and things to see for those who would like to keep their distance too.  
Greens Breakfast on the Farm, Saturday 7/18
Anytime between 8 and 10am 

Come on out for a lite breakfast and cooking demonstration by Chef Joh Kokubo of Kitchen on Common Restaurant in Cushing Square, Belmont.  Joh is known for his simple and delicious preparations highlighting local, farm fresh foods.  Kale, collards, and swiss chard should be your best friends - learn how to love them with Joh at the helm.  Suggested donation: $5 per individual, $10 per family.  Brink blankets!    
Tour de Farms Bike Ride, Saturday 8/1
Waltham Fields Community Farm is a stop on the Third Annual Tour de Farms 40-mile Community Farm Loop. There's also a shorter 15-mile Boston Urban Farm Loop to experience.  The event is sponsored by Urban AdvenTours and is part of the MassBike Spin Series. Both rides offer a chance to sample fresh, locally grown food, learn the benefits of supporting local agriculture.  There is a $10 registration fee. 
Microenterprise Projects for 2nd Year Growers in WFCF's Farmer Training Program
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Garlic Braids Coming Soon! By Erinn Roberts 
As second year assistant grower I have been given the opportunity by Waltham Fields Community Farm to develop and pursue my own small enterprise.  A few years ago, I worked on a market farm in California that extended its offerings later into the fall by creating beautiful garlic braids, dried floral bouquets and small floral and herbal wreaths.  Using techniques learned through that experience, this fall I'll be offering for sale garlic braids interwoven with beautiful everlasting flowers such as strawflower, globe amaranth, statice and cornflower.  The simple beauty of summer's garlic plaited with delicate papery flowers hanging in a kitchen can do a lot for one's spirits during a long snowy winter!
Planning for the garlic braids began last fall, when I ordered and planted 600 cloves of  softneck artichoke red garlic next to the farm's main garlic planting.  Because of its pliability, garlic used for braiding is usually of the softneck variety, which does not create the delicious scape and consequent stiff neck of the hardneck types grown for the CSA.  Softnecks also tend to be milder in flavor, have a longer storage life and a more abundant amount of various sized cloves per bulb. All of the garlic seemed to respond well to an organic fertilization scheme that included adding compost and lime to the field in autumn and a weekly application of fish and kelp emulsion in April and May to help satisfy nitrogen and micronutrient needs.  The cool, cloudy and wet weather of June has not been ideal for the final stages of bulb growth in a garlic crop but we may still get a couple of weeks of heat and sunshine to help it along before we begin harvesting in early-mid July.  I've also planted a single bed of flowers at the edge of our squash/cucumber/melon field that I will harvest exclusively for the garlic braids.  In a sense this will be a trial year for the garlic braid endeavor, and crop production plans were based on creating a total of 50 handmade braids.  I'm hoping to begin selling these beauties during CSA distributions in early fall, just in time for you to take home a memento of what will hopefully be another wonderful season at Waltham Fields Community Farm! 
Please check the farm website or future CSA newsletters later in the season for dates of sale. 
WFCF in the News!
Community Farming Reflections:
Our Farm Manager, Amanda Cather, wrote a 2-part piece on Community Farming for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Organization (NOFA) this spring.  Her articles were featured in the March-April and May-June editions of the NOFA Mass News.
Part I: It Takes a Village to Raise Some Vegetables The Life of a Community Farm and a Community Farmer
Read Part I

Part II: It Takes a Village to Raise Some Vegetables The Life of One Boston-Area Community Farmer
Read Part II
WFCF Enters the World of Blogging:
We are also thrilled to have started a blog in partnership with Boston.com.  Our weekly postings focus on what's happening on the farm and tips for home and community gardeners.  Contributions include original writings from staff, interns, and volunteers, in addition to culling from Amanda's Notes from the Field, which she writes for our weekly CSA newsletter.
Follow us on the Boston.com Waltham page!
Click here to read a recent post by our summer intern Samantha "Herbert" Tanzer on greens, including some links for recipes!  Herbert is with us from Swarthmore College, thanks to the Summer Social Action Award Program.  
The Staff of Waltham Fields Community Farm
Jericho Bicknell, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Amanda Cather, Farm Manager
Amanda Dumont, Field Crew
Debra Guttormsen, Admin/Finance Coordinator
Paula Jordan, Spring/Fall Children's Garden Assistant
Sarah Kielsmeier-Jones, Field Crew
Claire Kozower, Executive Director
Brad Leatherbee, Field Crew
Jonathan Martinez, Assistant Grower 
Blake Roberts, Outreach Market Intern
Dan Roberts, Assistant Grower
Erinn Roberts, Assistant Grower
Nina Rogowsky, Children's Learning Garden Teacher
Samantha "Herbert" Tanzer, WFCF Summer Intern 
Andy Scherer, Assistant Farm Manager
Lina Yamashita, Summer Children's Garden Assistant
Waltham Fields Community Farm | 240 Beaver Street | Waltham | MA | 02452