February 2010  

Waltham Fields Community Farm
Farm Friends Newsletter
Table of Contents
2010 Program Brochure
Farm Advocacy Works!
Businesses Supporting Local Food Production
Felt Workshop Sat., 2/20 10a-4p
Join Jericho in learning about felting and make yourself a lovely felted bag to go home with.  
2 Tuesdays
3/9 & 3/16, 6-7:30p 
We're taking advantage of Farmer Amanda's new role on the farm this year as she works part-time on some special projects and tends to her 6-year old son Jonah and baby daughter Sadie (born on 1/14)!
Here's your chance to spend two evenings with Amanda to get your own garden plans set for the season.  Learn about seed and variety selection, planting schedules and maintenance strategies with WFCF's Farm Manager for the past 6 years! 
Farm Share Fair   Thurs. 2/25, 6-7:30p
50 Paul Revere Rd.
Arlington Heights
While we don't have any CSA shares left aside for the ones up for auction at our annual fundraiser in May (Sprout 2010), we're excited about participating in this upcoming event connecting area residents with farms that still have CSA shares available as well as ones such as ours that have other opportunities to offer, such as service learning and education programs.
3/9 and/or 3/16
Join WFCF and our fabulous Farm Educator Paula Jordan for programs on the Risky Life of A Seed and Soil Habitat for children ages 6-10 and their caregivers.
Sprout 2010   Sat. May 8th
Join us at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation for our silent auction (including CSA shares), live music, delicious food and an open bar.  Ages 21+.  Tickets go on sale in early April. 
Sprout Auction
  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 tickets or other event tickets; and
gift certificates to delicious local restaurants.
Toaster oven
Garden tools, kid and adult sizes
New Garden Gloves
A carpenter to build us a small kiosk for our volunteers to check in (we'll provide the wood/supplies). 
Clean, food grade, 5-gallon buckets
Clean, 55-gallon drums w/ lids
acorn squash celery
Preview the First Draft of our
 2010 Program Brochure!

Now that our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Jericho Bicknell, has a full time position at the Farm, we are able to offer increased program offerings for a variety of ages and areas of interest.  Jericho has been hard at work brainstorming ideas with partner organizations and nailing down dates for programs and events to come.  We are proud to offer you a Program Brochure this year, detailing the range of opportunities to get involved with WFCF throughout the year.  The first draft of this brochure is available on-line now and will be mailed out to members along with our Spring newsletter in March.  We will continue to update the on-line version as need be and hope you find value in the creation of this resource. As you take a look at our online Program Brochure, make sure to check out some of the new items of note such as Adult/Teen Workshops, R.E.A.P Dinners, A Spring Festival, An Evening of Winter Crafts, and a Preschool Program!

Thank You for Advocating in Support of Healthy Food, Local Farming & Farmland Preservation!


Two Things to Share Here:


1.  Thank you to everyone who contacted their Reps urging passage of the School Nutrition Bill and Local Farm Products Bill; Special thanks as well to Representatives Peter Koutoujian of Waltham and Jeffrey Sanchez of Jamaica Plan for championing these bills in the State House.  Thanks to calls like yours, the House was inundated with pleas for support and the bills passed easily with 152 votes in support and only 4 opposed.  We are thrilled that the Local Farm Products Bill was included in this vote and that so many of our farm friends made their voices heard!   Passage is still needed in the Senate and according to the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA), this will not be easy.  Please visit the MPHA website soon to make sure you are aware of how you can help secure passage of these bills in the weeks ahead!

2.  Last May, the Town of Lexington  purchased an 8-acre farmland parcel from the Busa family, and the Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm) has been working to preserve as much of the parcel as possible for farming and advocated for the creation of Lexington's own community farm. Several of WFCF's staff and board members have attended meetings and hearings to support the Lexington group, and most recently WFCF member/shareholder Margaret Heitz lent her voice to the effort during a forum for residents to pose questions to candidates for Lexington's Selectmen and Planning Board.  Click here to see a youtube video created from Margaret's most eloquent testimony!

There are many competing interests for the use of this valuable farmland including ballfields and affordable housing and LexFarm has not yet received assurances that a farming interest will be represented on the Land Use committee, yet to be formed by the Selectmen. All those who live in Lexington and would like to see a community farm should write to the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager to insist that a farming interest be represented on the committee. For more information visit www.lexfarm.org, or contact Janet Kern.

Business Supporting Local Food Production

Purchase Eco-Friendly Products from LetsGoGreen.biz and 25% of your purchase can go to Waltham Fields Community Farm!
Many of you have asked us where we get our compostible cups and plates for events, and the answer is LetsGoGreen.biz.  The company sells a range "green" products including serviceware, light bulbs, cleaning products, recycled paper products and more.
LetsGoGreen has recently enrolled us in their donations program, enabling us to receive 25% of purchases if our name is selected from the Fundraiser drop down menu during your checkout process.
Visit LetsGoGreen.biz today to shop from their catalog and support WFCF's food access and education efforts. 
Shaw's Rewards Card holders can help raise funds for WFCF!
We recently enrolled in the Shaws Community Rewards Program, enabling us to receive 1% of eligible purchases Tuesdays through Thursday at any Shaw's or Massachusetts Star Market store. 
If you have a Rewards Card, please go to http://www.albertsons.com/cp/shaws/ to link your card to our non-profit organization.  The ID # for Waltham Fields Community Farm is: 49001024655.
New Fish Store in Town Receiving Raves!
There's a new fish store in town and we're glad to hear they're supporting local fishermen.  WFCF member Julie Johnson McVeigh is already a big fan! 
Waltham Fresh Fish and Prime
36 Spruce St., Waltham
(a side street off of Moody St.) 
Waltham Fields Community Farm Staff
Jericho Bicknell, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Amanda Cather, Special Projects Coordinator 
Debra Guttormsen, Admin/Finance Coordinator
Claire Kozower, Executive Director
Marla Rhodes, Development Assistant 
Erinn Roberts, Assistant Farm Manager
Andy Scherer, Farm Manager
240 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452 www.communityfarms.org
Waltham Fields Community Farm | 240 Beaver Street | Waltham | MA | 02452