Get out of the heat and into one of of the many generous restaurants taking part in this fundraiser to benefit Mass Farmers Markets (MFM), a nonprofit supporting farmers' markets throughout the State.
Order the strawberry dessert made with local strawberries and proceeds from your sale will benefit MFM's good work!
Just 1 week left! Click here to see a list of participating venues.
------------------------ NOFA SUMMER CONFERENCE - Get the early bird discount!
The 38th Annual regional summer conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Associaton will be held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. This year's event includes over 200 workshops on organic farming and gardening, food politics, alternative energy, permaculture, sustainable landscaping, cooking and more! Register by July 10th for the best price!
Clean 5-gallon buckets w/ lids, food grade
Garden Carts, any size
Collapsible Stepping Stool
USB Hard Drive (external drive) 60GB or higher
Waltham Fields Learning Garden produce featured at Tempo Bistro in Waltham!
We are pleased to have our produce featured in a second local restaurant starting this month, through a special new partnership with Tempo Bistro in Waltham. With the large majority of our produce going toward our food access/hunger relief efforts and Community Supported Agriculture share program, we only direct a small amount toward restaurant sales, working closely with just one restaurant on this initiaitve since 2009, Kitchen on Common in Belmont (see side bar for info about our Breakfast on the Farm event with Kitchen on Common). This year however, we are excited to be supplying vegetables to Tempo Bistro as well!
This new program was the brainchild of Rebekah Carter, who wears many hats for the farm (education assistant, Learning Garden workshare, and blogger extraordinairre) as well spending most of her evenings waitressing at Tempo. Thanks to Rebekah's hard work and dedication we now have a process in place to deliver surplus produce from our Learning Garden to Tempo, with all the proceeds providing support for our educational programs!
Our first harvests of tender arugula, blushed butterhead lettuce and robust radishes for Tempo took place this week and are being featured in mouthwatering salads!
Rebekah Carter in the Learning Garden tending to the crops
Little Sprouts Drop-in Day - Thurs., June 28
For Caregivers and Pre-K Kids
Join us with your little ones in the Learning Garden on 6/28 from 9-10am for a morning of gardening, exploring, and healthy snack preparation. $10/family. Please let us know if you plan to come.Email us or call 781-899-2403 x2
From pineapple weed and lamb's quarters leaves to jewel weed seeds and Russ' own preparations of sumac tea, toasted shagbark hickory nuts and autumn olive fruit leather, treats were plentiful for the folks that braved the high temperatures and humidity to attend the foraging walk on the farm on June 20th. Thanks so much to Russ Cohen for sharing his love of edible wild foods with us, as well as offering thought-provoking information about conservation concepts, nutritional analysis, and plant lore.
To see a list of future walks that Russ is leading in the area, check out his schedule. Russ' book, "Wild Plants I Have Known... And Eaten", is available through the web as well as on any of his walks, with all proceeds benefiting the Essex County Greenbelt Association.
National Spotlight - Farm Bill Update
The US Senate passed the Farm Bill this week, and it is now headed to the House of Representatives for further debate. Despite some big disappointments, including voting down labeling for genetically modified organisims (GMos) in food and cutting the SNAP food stamp program by 4.5 million dollars in favor of subsidizing insurance companies, there are some amendment votes worth celebrating.
The good news includes:
$35 million for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
$50 million over five years for the Value-Added Producer Grants program that helps farmers transition to new markets and products that return more of the consumer food dollar back to the farmer and the local community.
Reinstating funding for the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program.
To keep updated on the Farm Bill and other food policy issues, see the websites of the following organizations: