February 2012     

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Table of Contents
Upcoming Events
Spring Seedling Sales
Wish List
New Land Lease
Welcome Kim!
CSA Shares for Sale
UPCOMING
EVENTS:
     
Sat., April 14

5:30-8:30pm

Charles River Museum of Industry

 

WFCF's annual fundraiser to support our food access and education programs 

 

 

 

Silent auction items wanted!  Please consider donating sports or theater tickets, gift certificates for your business, original artwork, overnight stays at vacation homes, or other special items.  Contact Claire to make a contribution.

  

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WFCF Farm Programs

at the Waltham Public Library
735 Main St.

FREE 

 

For children ages 6-10 and their caregivers!
 

Tuesday, March 13 3:30 - 4:30pm

Worms and Other Decomposers
 

Tuesday, March 20, 3:30 - 4:30pm

Plant Cycles

 

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Come visit our table at these community events:
 

Let's Move

Family Day
Saturday, March 3, 12-3pm
Waltham YMCA
725 Lexington St. in Waltham

 

Arlington Eco-Fest
Saturday, March 31, 10am-2pm
Arlington Town Hall
730 Mass. Ave. in Arlington

Seedling Sales at the farm  
Our own organically grown vegetable seedlings - and a few herbs and flowers too!
 
Varieties chosen to perform well in local home and community gardens. 
 
SAVE THE DATES: 
 
Sat., May 12
Sat., May 19
Sun., May 20
 
All sales 9am-4pm
 
WISH LIST:
 

Farm:

 

Long-handled shovels 

 

Box Truck (a refrigerated one would be great!) 

 

Clean 5-gallon buckets w/ lids, food grade

 

 

Education: 

  

Kid-size garden tools (rakes, shovels, trowels, watering cans, etc.)

 

Dish/Hand Towels

    

 

Office:

 

Auction Items for our Sprout fundraiser

 

Mail scale 

 

Ethernet switch

 

Recycled paper for our printer - used on one side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

acorn squash celery
    
 
 WFCF Takes on New Land Lease! 
 
Gateways land visit_2011
Amanda Cather - WFCF's Farm Manager (w/ Sadie),
Daniel Lenthall - USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist,
and Julie Hyde - Landowner and former Gateways Farmer
walk the Gateways land last September looking at
quality, parcel size, and water access.
After two years of talks with the Danforth/Hyde family in Weston, MA, WFCF has signed a three-year agreement to farm 4-5 acres of their fallow farm fields, bringing the total land under our management to 15 leased acres this year!   

Gateways Farm, known historically as the Wellington Farm, has been owned by the same family since 1899 and farmed since 1705.  Its trademark red barn can be seen from the Massachusetts Turnpike, and its prime agricultural soils have supported crops from potatoes to pumpkins to dairy cows over the past three hundred years.   
 
In 2012, we plan to grow row crops on about 2.5 acres of this new land and keep the rest in cover crops.  While there will certainly be some harvested produce this year, we plan to bring the Gateways fields back into production slowly.  Over time, as encroaching forest edges get pushed back and we build strong soils and infrastructure, we will make use of more area. 
 
We are fortunate to have staff member Andy Scherer take on the role of Gateways Farm Manager this year, in his sixth season farming with WFCF.  Andy's hard at work these days with crop planning, fertility assessments, and irrigation and equipment research.  Andy will be presenting his farm plan to Weston's Conservation Commission at their February 21st meeting, which is open to the public.

 

We are thrilled for the opportunity to grow more fresh, organic vegetables for community members on a parcel of high quality farmland just eight miles away from our Waltham base.  And we are also overjoyed to have our first ever multi-year land lease! 

  
 

Welcome Kim!  WFCF's New Education & Volunteer Coordinator

 

Allow us to introduce you to Kim Hunter, who started in her role as WFCF's full time Education and Volunteer Coordinator in January and has jumped right in lining up a terrific season of programs.  Kim has a strong background in biology, food science, and farm education, having most recently been a high school teacher at Charlestown High School in Boston and before that a Program Manager with the Urban Ecology Institute.   Check out our upcoming events for a chance to meet Kim this spring and stay tuned for our full program calendar to be released in March.
 

CSA Shares for Sale - Tell Your Friends!

  

We have about 35 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares left for purchase, including a number of 1/2 price shares reserved for low-income households.  Please help us spread the word!  

 

See the How to Join page of our website for more information about our 2012 share offerings.    

 

Greenhouse and Field Volunteering

Starts Soon 

         

 Schedule your volunteer group visit today

OR 
Join us for individual drop-in hours!

 

Click here to see our website with specific dates and age guidelines, as well as a calendar of available dates for group scheduling.
Waltham Fields Community Farm Staff  

Claire Kozower, Executive Director 

Kim Hunter, Education & Volunteer Coordinator 

Amanda Cather, Farm Manager 

Andy Scherer, Farm Manager, Gateways 

Dan Roberts, Field Manager 

Erinn Roberts, Greenhouse/Field Manager
Marla Rhodes, Development Coordinator
Deb Guttormsen, Bookkeeper & Tech Coordinator 
  
240 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452 www.communityfarms.org 
Waltham Fields Community Farm | 240 Beaver Street | Waltham | MA | 02452