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Table of Contents
Upcoming Events
Wish List
Learning Garden Produce in Tempo Salads!
Little Sprouts Drop-in 6/28
Foraging Walk Recap
Farm Bill Update
UPCOMING
EVENTS:
     
BREAKFAST ON THE FARM with CHEF JOH KOKUBO 

Saturday, July 14th

(rain or shine)

Come anytime between 10am & 1pm 

Enjoy a buffet breakfast made by Kitchen on Common chef/owner Joh Kokubo, featuring WFCF's own farm fresh veggies! 

 

$5/person per plate, 10/family (all proceeds benefit WFCF's charitable programs)

  

Greens Breakfast_Joh_2009 

Our Breakfast on the Farm event is being held in conjunction with Waltham Historic Days! 

 

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EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY:

   

STRAWBERRY DESSERT FESTIVAL 

Throughout June 

Strawberry Dessert Fest_MFM graphic 

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.  

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NOFA SUMMER  CONFERENCE - Get the early bird discount!   

August 10th-12th

 

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!

  
WISH LIST:
 

Farm:

 

Long-handled shovels

   

Clean 5-gallon buckets w/ lids, food grade

 

Picnic Tables

 

 
Education: 

  

Garden Carts, any size

 

Collapsible Stepping Stool

 

Dish/Hand Towels

    

 

Office:

  

Mail scale

 

USB Hard Drive (external drive) 60GB or higher

 

 

 

acorn squash celery
    
 
 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!Butterhead Lettuce bound for Tempo

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 and LG kids
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

 

And we still have space in our week-long Learning Garden summer programs for children entering 1st-6th grades..

 

 

Pineappleweed, Nettles, and Sumac - Oh My!

Foraging on the Farm with Russ Cohen

    

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. 

 

Wild Foraging on the Farm

 

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:

 

- Food Research & Action Center 

- Organic Farming Research Foundation

- Community Food Security Coalition

- New England Farmers Union  

 

 

 

 

Waltham Fields Community Farm Staff  

Claire Kozower, Executive Director 

Kim Hunter, Education & Volunteer Coordinator

Fan Watkinson, Interim 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
 
2012 Seasonal Staff
Assistant Growers: Sutton Kiplinger and Zannah Porter
Educators: Rebecca Byard, Rebekah Byard, Alison Dagger, and Ian Howes
Field Crew: Alison Denn, Anna Linck, Katherine Murray, and David Taberner
Weed Crew: Becca Carden, Kathryn Cole, Annabelle Ho, and Meghan Seifert
Outreach Market Asst.: Kathryn Cole
Summer Intern: Maura Dahill 
  
240 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452 www.communityfarms.org 
 
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