August 2011    

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Farm Friends Newsletter 
 

See our 2011 Program Calendar                            

Table of Contents
Upcoming Events
Workshops: Pickling & Cooking w JJ Gonson
Wish List
Volunteer on the Farm
Our New Strategic Plan
State Rep. Tom Stanley Visits the Farm
Electric Bike
Fall Youth Programs
UPCOMING
EVENTS AT THE FARM:
     
Empty Bowls Dinner - SOLD OUT
 
Sat., Sept. 10

5-7pm

(Rain Date: Sept. 11) 

 

Our Empty Bowls Dinner is now SOLD OUT.  Thanks to all those who bought tickets. We look forward to this special evening. 

 

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Waltham Farm Day

Sat., Sept. 24

2-5pm

Rain or Shine!

 

FREE!  All welcome!  

 

Join us for an afternoon of farm fun in celebration of MA Harvest for Students Week and farming in Waltham.

 

Apple Cidering, Healthy Waltham cooking demonstrations, Live Music by Royer's One Man Band, Scarecrow Making, Pumpkins for Sale, Yarn Sale, PYO carrot patch, Family-friendly field activities and more!

UPCOMING
WORKSHOPS:
   

Pickling Workshop

Thurs., Sept. 8 

6:30-8:30pm

 

At the Farm

240 Beaver St.

 

$25/members $30/non-members

 

Learn the basics of lacto-fermentation with veteran expert Audra Karp.

 

Sign up now!

 

    

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Cooking Class

w JJ Gonson of Cuisine en Locale Thurs., Oct. 6

6-9pm

 

SAVE THE DATE - more details to come soon...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WISH LIST:
 

Farm:

 

Box Truck (a refrigerated one would be great!) 

 

Clean 5-gallon buckets w/ lids, food grade

 

55-gallon barrels w/ lids

 

Education: 

  

Dish/Hand Towels

    

Paint brushes, lg. & sm.

 

Office:

 

Mail Scale

 

Digital Camera

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule your volunteer group visit today!
 
OR
 
Join us for volunteer
drop-in hours
on Saturdays
 
Click here to see our website with specific dates and age guidelines, as well as a calendar of available dates for group scheduling.

  

 

acorn squash celery
    
 
 WFCF Board Approves New Strategic Plan!
  
Among a renewed commitment to organic food production and food access initiaitves, our new Strategic Plan for 2012-2014 reflects an agreement to take on fiscal agency (and possible future management) of the Waltham Farmers' Market, as well as continuing coalition support and programs in farm education, training future farmers, and promotion of healthy lifestyle choices.
  
Check out our Strategic Plan 2012-2014 as well as our 2010 Annual Report on the Newsletters and Reports page of our website.  Feel free to share any feedback!
 

State Representative Tom Stanley

Takes 2-Hour Farm Tour

  

Waltham resident and State House Representative Tom Stanley took some time this month to discover what a treasure the farm is.  As we toured the UMass property that serves as our base of operations, Tom met our farmers (Andy and Dan were bringing in the onion harvest, and Amanda and Erinn were installing an electric fence around the melon patch to keep the coyotes from getting their jaws on any more of them), he chatted with children in the Farmer for a Week program about their favorite vegetables and farm activities, and he witnessed one of our CSA pick-ups in full bloom.  We discussed everything from soil fertility and community-building programs to a vision for long-term land protection and site revitalization.

Tom Stanley w Farmers Dan and Andy

State Representative Tom Stanley (left) joins farmers Dan Roberts and Andy Scherer in the greenhouse as they make space next to the curing garlic to lay out freshly harvested onions

 

Six Tractors and...

an Electric Bike!

  

The newest member of our fleet, the Izip Sereno, is an electric moped/bike generously donated to us by longtime WFCF member David Kricker.  It's coming in really handy for in-field communications and checking on things in the back forty (uh - I mean back eight!). 

Our Farmers in Training, Larisa Jacobson (left) and Lauren Weinberg (on the electric bike) have a morning laugh before the harvest gets underway.
 

Fall Youth Programs at WFCF

       

Join us in the Learning Garden this fall to experience the bounty of the harvest at Waltham Fields Community Farm! Activities include farm explorations, harvesting and putting the beds to rest for the winter, educational games, and farm-to-table food preparation.

 

Children's Learning Garden Afterschool Programs!

 

For Grades 3-5

Thursdays for 6 weeks

Sept. 22 - Oct. 27
3:30-5pm

Price: $80/WFCF members, $90/non-members

Register Today!

 
For Grades K-2

(Offered through the Waltham Recreation Dept.) 

Tuesdays for 5 weeks

Sept. 20 - Oct. 18

3:30-5pm

Price: $40

Register through Waltham Recreation Dept. starting 9/4
 

Fall Farm Visits For School & Community Groups

For ages pre-K through Grade 8

Available through October

Price: $5/child

See full Farm Visit program description here

 

Scholarships Available for all of our programs.

Contact Jericho to inquire.

 

Particpants in this summer's Farmer for a Week program prepare their freshly harvested veggies for sharing with their families!

 

Waltham Fields Community Farm Staff
 

Claire Kozower, Executive Director

Jericho Bicknell, Education & Volunteer Coordinator 

Amanda Cather, Farm Manager 

Andy Scherer, Field Manager 

Dan Roberts, Field Manager 

Erinn Roberts, Greenhouse/Field Manager
Marla Rhodes, Development Coordinator
Deb Guttormsen, Bookkeeper & Tech Coordinator

Assistant Growers/Farmers in Training:
Larisa Jacobson and Lauren Weinberg
  
Farm Crew:
Rachel Dutton, Andy Friedberg, Courney Giancaterino, Rachel Kaplan, Sam Powers, Shira Tiffany, Laura Van Tassel
  
Learning Garden Educators:
Marie Benkley, Rebekah Carter, Kristin Cleveland, Dede Dussault, and Paula Jordan
  
Summer Fellow (from Stanford's Center for Public Service):
Joanna Rosene-Mirvis
  
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