November 2010  

Waltham Fields Community Farm
Farm Friends Newsletter
Table of Contents
Join Our Facebook Page
Farm Updates & Offerings
Call Now to Urge Amendments to S510
In Memory of Lyn Harris
COMMUNITY
 EVENT:

  
FREE WORKSHOP ON FOOD POLITICS
Monday, Nov. 22
9:30-12noon
 
In honor of World Food Day, the Public 
 
Conversations Project and The Family Dinner Project are pleased to offer this workshop for anyone invested in issues around food and access to healthy food.  To learn more about this event click here.
 
RSVP by Nov. 19th to Alison Streit Baron.

Join our new Facebook PAGE
 
We've switched from a facebook group to a fan page, which will allow us to communicate with you all in a much more interactive way.

 

   

Click the tab above to check out our page.  Once there, click the "like" tab to stay involved!

WISH LIST

General
 
Mail scale
8.5x11 Paper used on only one side - for our printer
 
Education

Ceramic mugs & bowls

Watering cans

Dish towels

Wheelbarrow

Farm

Small air compressor

Picnic tables

Clean, food grade, 5-gallon buckets

Clean, 55-gallon drums w/ lids
 


 
acorn squash celery
    
Farm Updates & Offerings
 
Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser
Tuesday, December 14, 5pm-close
45 Day St., Davis Sq., Somerville
Part of the evening's pizza sales will go to us. The more pizzas sold the more gets donated! Please bring your friends and family out for some oven-baked pies and check out the bowling lanes too!

Our Annual Appeal is in full swing!
Our annual appeal is in progress.  Please help us raise $25,000 by making a generous contribution today.  Support our charitable programming by helping us meet our year-end goals.

Checks and on-line donations accepted.  Make checks payable to WFCF and send to us at:
Waltham Fields Community Farm
240 Beaver St.
Waltham, MA  02452

or, click here to donate on-line.

Thanks to those who've donated already and got us off to a strong start! 
 
New Perpetual Calendars for sale!
Get a jump on your holiday shopping!

Perpetual Calendar cover

Our beautifully designed perpetual calendars feature writings by our long-time farm manager, Amanda Cather, and original artwork of our vegetables by Graphic Designer, Neva Corbo-Hudak.  They are printed on 100% recycled paper and last for years and years, providing space to record birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates to remember.

Get one or more from us during merchandise sales at farm events, OR find them any day of the week at the following stores:

Magpie, Somerville
Porter Sq. Books, Cambridge

October events a huge success! 
Thanks to everyone who:

- shopped at Whole Foods Market (Fresh Pond or Newtonville) on Oct. 27th in support of our 5% Day.  We will soon be awarded a check for just under $12,000!

- ate at the Elephant Walk restaurant in Waltham.  We will be receiving 3% of gross sales from the month of October.  Stay tuned for the amount...

- brought clothes to the farm in support of our drive with Second Chances.  We collected 545 lbs. of clothes for people in need, surpassing last year's amount by 35 lbs. 
   

Call to Action:
Defend Small Farms
& Local Food Systems

Call Your Senators NOW to
support amendments to
Senate Bill 510

Debate and voting on The Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) is set to begin on the Senate floor immediately (Nov. 17th).  This bill takes some important steps to improve corporate food safety rules but it is not appropriate for small farms and food processors focusing largely on direct sales.

Two amendments will be offered when S.510 comes to the floor tomorrow and both are essential to protecting the supply of locally grown food.

Please call your Senators and ask them to:

  • Vote for the Manager's Amendment
  • Vote for the Tester-Hagan Amendment
  •   

 It's easy to call: Go to www.Congress.org and type in your zip code.  Click on your Senator's name, and then on the contact tab for their phone number.  You can also call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator's office: 202-224-3121.

To learn more about the bill and what's included in the proposed amendments, click here.  
 
In Memory of Lyn Harris
Autumn Hills Orchard

All of us at the farm were saddened last week to hear of the sudden death of Lyn Harris, the orchardman from Autumn Hills Orchard who has been responsible for our outstanding apple shares over the past few years.  Although his body was aging and tired from the challenging growing season, Lyn's spirit seemed full of the inexhaustible vigor of youth, his curiosity about and concern for the world as strong as ever.  He would arrive at the farm each week with a new story and, often, a new treasure that he had gleaned from somewhere along the way: a chess set with figures in the shapes of Saracens and Crusaders; a rare etching of a bird that only he had recognized in the dusty backroom of an antique shop; a photo on his telephone of his beloved flock of pet geese taking flight on the main road to the orchard.  As another farmer remarked, the challenges of this growing season were wearing on Lyn as the season went on.  He arrived later and later each week, as though he were warning us of an imminent absence that even he did not yet know was coming. 

 

Once, late in October, he told me that he had met a young and very beautiful woman who had remarked that he looked tired and invited him to spend the winter with her at her villa in Abruzzo.  I agreed that this sounded like an excellent antidote to the rigors and disappointments of his growing season.  "If I wasn't so in love with my wife..." he murmured, stepping back to his car to unload more boxes of apples.  Now, only a few weeks later, I imagine Lyn's spirit closing his weary eyes in the hospital and opening them, delighted and bemused, in a beautiful orchard in a place very like Abruzzo, filled with shadowy antique shops, delicious cheese and fruit, and beautiful people for him to befriend and regale with stories.  Books and treasures galore line the walls, and birds of all kinds flock to the courtyards of the villa where he wanders, rested and full of renewed energy, waiting for Ann to join him. 

 

Lyn's death leaves a gaping hole in the fabric of our local agriculture.  While there are countless local orchards, there are not many who would work so closely with community supported agriculture programs to provide custom-packed shares of their award-winning apples at a reasonable price, let alone deliver them in person with such enthusiasm and patience for conversation.  Lyn was serious about apples, but he was also committed to community-building among farmers and eaters, and was so generous, always lending us his cider press, donating apples and cider for our events, and supporting our silent auction fundraiser with the donation of a country picnic for four at his orchard, complete with a gourmet lunch prepared by his wife, Ann.  Lyn constantly spoke of all the farmers he worked with, as well as the Jamaican workers who manned his own orchard, with respect and admiration.  His deepest respect and admiration, however, he reserved for Ann.  Her intelligence, skill, and beauty were never far from his mind or his stories.  We will miss him. 


Sincerely,
Amanda Cather
Waltham Fields Community Farm Staff

Claire Kozower, Executive Director 
Jericho Bicknell, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Marla Rhodes, Development Coordinator
Amanda Cather, Special Projects Coordinator   
Deb Guttormsen, Bookkeeper & Tech Coordinator
Andy Scherer, Farm Manager  
Erinn Roberts, Assistant Farm Manager
Dan Roberts, Assistant Grower
Amy Cook, Assistant Grower

Waltham Fields Community Farm | 240 Beaver Street | Waltham | MA | 02452