May 2010  

Waltham Fields Community Farm
Farm Friends Newsletter
Table of Contents
REAP Dinner, Tues. FILM Screening, NOFA Conf.
Wish List
A Visit from Baby Goats
Get Your Local Food
Solar System Discount for WFCF Members!
Farm Program Openings
Farm Updates
UPCOMING WFCF EVENTS:

REAP Dinner at Kitchen On Common in Belmont, Sunday, June 13th, 5:30pm

Help WFCF with Raising Funds for Education and Food Access Programs by reserving your seats now!

Enjoy a special meal using our produce and other seasonal foods. $45 per person plus tax and tip.

Call or email Kitchen On Common (617-484-4328) to make
a reservation today!

UPCOMING
COMMUNITY
EVENTS:
  
Green Screen Film Series at Coolidge Corner Theatre:
 
Kick-off this Tuesday, May 25th, 7pm with a one-night-only screening of WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE
 
Filmed over a year, WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE follows two 11-year old multi-racial girls as they take a close look at their food system in New York City. 
 
Tickets are available on-line (or at the door) through the Coolidge Corner Theatre box office.
 
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The NOFA (Northeast
Organic Farming Assoc.) 
Summer Conference is the weekend of August 13-15 at UMass Amherst this year.  This annual conference offers workshops, speakers, great food and fun for the whole family.
  
WISH LIST
 
General
 
Washing machine in good condition (for handling lots of dirty rags and work gloves)
 
Education
Garden tools, kid and adult sizes
 
New Garden Gloves 
 
Farm
 
Picnic Tables
 
Clean, food grade, 5-gallon buckets
 
Clean, 55-gallon drums w/ lids
 
 
acorn squash celery
    
A Visit from Baby Goats!
 
Saturday, June 5, 9:30-noon
Chestnut Farms is shifting their meat CSA pick-up at Waltham Fields Community Farm to the first Saturday morning of each month and Kim and Rich are bringing along some of their spring arrivals to this coming distribution.  Everyone is welcome to come by the farm and meet the baby goats.
 
Get Your Local Produce (and more)!

Our Vegetable CSA (Community Supported Agriculture program) is sold out, but there are plenty of other opportunities to still get yourself fresh, organic produce throughout the growing season...
 
Two farms that still have CSA shares available are ReVision House Urban Farm in Dorchester (with pick-up sites in Dorchester, Cambridge, Somerville, JP, Milton, and Roxbury) and Silverwood Organic Farm in Sherborn.  
 
Both farms are run by former WFCF farm staff (Matt Kotchka is the farm manager at ReVision House and Jonathan Martinez is the assistant farm manager at Silverwood).  ReVision House is having some website problems as they work to redesign it, so please contact Farmer Matt directly if interested in their CSA; Silverwood has a convenient on-line ordering form available through the above link.  
 
And don't forget about your local farmers' markets - opportunities abound for produce, meat, cheese, maple syrup, jam, pies and more.  The Waltham Farmers Market starts Saturday, June 12 and has over twenty vendors lined up this year, including crafters as well as food producers.  Find information about other nearby markets on the Mass Farmers Markets website.  There's a handy locater feature that lets you enter in specific search information related to your zip code, day of the week, or hours of interest.
 

Solar System Installation Discount for WFCF Members
 
Sunshine Advantage, a WFCF Local Business Hero, is offering discounts to our members on solar installations this year!
 
If you've been thinking about going solar, now is the time to look into it.  Roger Lee and his company Sunshine Advantage recently installed a solar electric system for our Learning Garden and we've been super impressed with their commitment to our work and professionalism overall. 
 
Sunshine Advantage is offering discounts for WFCF members and the money saved by you will become a donation to WFCF from Roger's company.  Click the above link to learn more about their work, or contact Roger directly via email. 
 
Farm Program Openings!
 
 
Sign Your Child Up Now!
There are still a few spots left in 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
Farm Updates:
 
Improvements at the UMass property! 
There's been a lot of construction going on these last few months at our main farm site owned by the University of Massachusetts, and all for the better.  The Extension Service has hired crews to put a new roof on the brick building where we have our office and they're working away right now on a new ceiling for the auditorium.  Site improvements should only continue as UMass and its tenants work together to plan for site revitalization over the next few years!
 
Thanks to those who took our WFCF Membership Survey. If you haven't had a chance to do so yet, we will be resending it to you soon - or you can take a minute to respond now through the original email that was sent.  The survey is super short! 
 
Find out more about our programs, workshops and events, including all of our 2010 REAP Meals, by downloading our 2010 Program Brochure.
  
Our 2009 Annual Report is on-line and available for download.  Read about our accomplishments and challenges.  We had a successful year overall and are looking forward to the season ahead! 
Sincerely, 
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
Paula Jordan, Learning Garden Educator
Alex Lennon-Simon, Learning Garden Educator
Dede Dussault, Student Intern
 
240 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452 www.communityfarms.org
781-899-2403