May/June 2012     

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Table of Contents
Upcoming Events
Wish List
Journeyperson Mentorship
Summer Programs for Kids
Host a WFCF Benefit!
UPCOMING
EVENTS:
     
URBAN HOMESTEADING DAY 

Saturday, June 9th

(rain date: 6/10)

2-5pm at the home of WFCF members Kimi Ceridon & Oivind Brockmeier.

 

Come anytime/leave anytime

  

Learn about seedling production, salad greens production, backyard chickens and bees, and water catchment.

 

Enjoy garden tours & homemade beer sampling!

 

Suggested Donation:  $5/person, $10/family

(all proceeds benefit WFCF's charitable programs)

 

Registration Required

REGISTER NOW!
 

 Exact address will be sent to all registrants.

 

 

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FORAGING WALK with RUSS COHEN

Wed., June 20th 5:30-7:30pm

(Rain or Shine)
 

At the Farm

240 Beaver St.

 

Join us for an evening of wild edible hunting and tasting!

 

Suggested Donation:

$10/adult, $5/child

 

REGISTER NOW - SPACE IS LIMITED  

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WFCF to Host Information Session for Landowners about Leasing Land to Farmers

  

Wed., June 6th

6-8pm

At the Farm - In the Lobby of the Brick Building, 240 Beaver St.
FREE

 

Presenters Include: Becca Weaver from New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Leora Mallach from Beantown Jewish Gardens, and Rachel Tali Kaplan who was a 2011 WFCF Field Crew member and is currently the farmer for Summer Winter restaurant.

 

For more information, contact Becca Weaver

WISH LIST:
 

Farm:

 

Long-handled shovels

 

Freezer - upright or chest 

  

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 Farm Manager Amanda Cather Chosen as Mentor for New NOFA Journeyperson Farmer Training Program! 
 
In addition to bringing two new Assistant Growers into our own Farmer Training Program this year (welcome Sutton Kiplinger & Zannah Porter!), we are proud to have been chosen to participate in the newly established farm mentoring program through the MA Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.

 

This year-long program pairs new farmers with experienced farmers, providing educational opportunities for new farmers to gain more experience, skills and perspectives.  Farm Manager Amanda Cather is already hard at work in her new role as mentor for Elizabeth Green at Apple Street Farm in Essex, MA.  Here's to growing new organic farmers so that we can continue to nurture and reclaim our precious farmland to grow good food to feed ourselves!
 
Amanda and AGs
Farm Manager Amanda Cather (left) w/ our 2012 Farmer Trainees, Assistant Growers Sutton Kiplinger and Zannah Porter.
 

Sign Up Today - Summer Programs for Kids in our Learning Garden

Farmer for a Week kids-2012

 

We still have space in our week-long Learning Garden summer programs.

 

Learn about food production, play farm games, creat eco-art, explore the farm and woodlands, and eat farm fresh veggies! Each session includes preparation of a delicious and nutritious farm-fresh snack in our solar powered kitchen.

 

FOR Kids Entering 1st - 3rd Grades

 

Garden Explorers Programs

* August 6-10, morning (9am-12pm)

* August 6-10, afternoon (2pm-5pm)

Extended Day options available.

 

TO REGISTER,

download the Garden Explores Registration Form.

 

Learning Garden Programs in partnership with Waltham Rec. - now open to both Waltham residents & non-residents

 

* July 30- August 3, morning (9am-12pm)

* July 30- August 3, afternoon (2pm-5pm)

* August 13-17, morning (9am-12pm)

* August 13-17, afternoon (2pm-5pm)

 

REGISTER online through the Waltham Recreation Dept. website or visit their office to sign up!

 

FOR Kids Entering 4th - 6th Grades

 

Farmer for a Week Program

* August 20-24, 9am-3pm

Extended day options available.

 

TO REGISTER,

download the Farmer for a Week Registration Form.

 

Host an Event to Benefit our Charitable Work!

  

Want a fun way to help further the good work of the Farm? Consider hosting a barbeque, a house concert, a dinner party, or any event that inspires you.

 

Invite your friends/family/co-workers and ask them to make a contribution on behalf of our Food Access and Education programs. Strengthen your own community, share your passion for our mission, and raise money to support our charitable programs-it's a win, win, win proposition!

 

Our Board of Directors is very willing to support these efforts, so if you have an idea for an event, we'd love to hear from you and provide assistance. We've had great success with these kinds of personalized events.

 

Contact Board Member Margaret Post to follow up!

Thank you, as ever, for your support!

 

 
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, 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 
  
240 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452 www.communityfarms.org 
 
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