April 2010  

Waltham Fields Community Farm
Farm Friends Newsletter
Table of Contents
Events On & Off the Farm
Wish List
Sprout 2010
Call for Volunteers
Farm Program Openings
Sign on with Slow Money!
Spring Into Gardening Festival and Seedling Sale! Saturday, April 17th, 1pm-5pm
An afternoon of activities and presentations.
- Kids' Activities
- Seedling Sale 
  talk & walk on
  Edible Wild Plants
  from UMass
  Extension - talk
 on Ethnic Crops
2nd Seedling Sale
Saturday, May 8th
Get your plants, put them in the garden then clean up and head on over to Sprout that evening!
Warm-up to Earth Day: Indoor Market featuring local products!
Saturday, April 10, TOMORROW! 
at St. Mary's Church 133 School Street, Waltham. 
Richard Heinberg in Lexington
The Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition presents: Global Warming, End of Oil, Perfect Storm
Thursday, April 29 
7:30pm Cary Hall
1605 Mass Ave.
Sprout Auction Items
  Event is 5/8
If you have connections for any of the following items, please contact Claire - weekend or week-long stays at vacation homes,
inns or B&Bs; sports ticketsor other event tickets; and
gift certificates to delicious local restaurants.
Toaster oven
Color printer that can also copy & scan
Garden tools, kid and adult sizes
New Garden Gloves 
Clean, food grade, 5-gallon buckets
Clean, 55-gallon drums w/ lids
 Sprout To Be Held at CRMI
Despite Recent Flood Damage
Sprout 2010:  A Benefit to support food access and education programs at Waltham Fields Community Farm
Saturday, May 8th
Recent flooding along the Charles River in Waltham caused signicant damage to the infrastructure of the Museum of Industry, but crews have been hard at work and while all the exhibits won't be reinstalled in time for our event, there will still be plenty to see and the function room was unharmed.  
We're gearing up for another great event with some old favorites for our silent auction (Summer CSA shares from our farm, a 6-month meat share from Chestnut Farm, Kathy Diamond's cooking classes, handknit specialties from Janet Yeracaris & Debbie Von Rechenberg) and new additions too (a multi-week practice program w/ Never Too Late Basketball; Restaurant gift certificate to Bistro 5, 15 Walnut, and Centre St. Cafe; tickets to one of JJ Gonson's One Night Culinary Event and to the New Repertory Theater & more!).
This year's food is generously being provided by Whole Foods Markets and the open bar will be stocked with beer and wine from Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors. 
Live jazz provided by the Valerie Walton and Tad Hitchcock Trio! 
Call For Volunteers!

Lend a hand to make our
 events and programs a success...
To take a shift at the Spring Into Gardening Festival on Saturday, April 17, please contact Jericho.
 For help with Sprout on Saturday, May 8th please contact Claire.
Or call us at 781-899-2403
Field Volunteering: Saturday hours begin!
We welcome your help on the farm.
Drop-in hours: Tuesday-Saturday, starting at 9am
 Thanks to Jericho Bicknell's dad Jim for building and mounting a Volunteer Kiosk for us! 
  It's already getting great use.     
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  P.S.  Stay tuned for our Volunteer Interest and Member Information Survey being sent to you soon...
Farm Program Openings!
Sign Your Child Up Now!
There are still a few spots left in both our
Teen Carpentry Workshop
Saturdays, June 12th and 26th, 9a-1p
Age: 10-18 yrs
Saturdays, June 12th & 26th, 9-1pm   Ages: 10-18 yrs. 

Join teacher/carpenter Mark Walter for a two-day workshop in which you will learn basic carpentry skills and safety, and then use those skills to build a fence right here at the farm!  Class limit

8 people.  Fee: $45 members/$50 non-members. 
 For more information or to sign up, contact Jericho

Heard of Slow Money?
Slow Money is a new nonprofit organizing an international movement to build local and national networks, and develop new financial products and services, dedicated to:
  • investing in small food enterprises and local food systems;
  • connecting investors to their local economies; and,
  • building the nurture capital industry.
The principles of slow money are about common sense and basic morality. The idea of slowing money down means to not invest for a quick killing and maximum return for investors, but to invest for long term goals and the good of both investment and investor.
Sign on to Slow Money's 6 principles on their website!  One of the principles is:
  we must learn to invest as if food, farms and fertility mattered. We must connect investors to the places where they live, creating vital relationships and new sources of capital for small food enterprises. 
To get involved locally, contact Eric Becker, one of Farm's members and a founding member of the Slow Money Alliance.
Waltham Fields Community Farm Staff

Claire Kozower, Executive Director 
Jericho Bicknell, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Marla Rhodes, Development Assistant 
Amanda Cather, Special Projects Coordinator   
Debra Guttormsen
, Admin & Bookkeeper
Andy Scherer, Farm Manager  
Erinn Roberts, Assistant Farm Manager
Dan Roberts, Assistant Grower
Amy Cook, Assistant Grower 
240 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452 www.communityfarms.org