Oct/Nov 2012     

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Farm Friends Newsletter   

Table of Contents
Wish List
Our Fall Fundraisers
Food Day Musings
Grain Share Pick Up Site
WFCF Farmers offer workshop to support the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA Mass)!  


October 27, 2-5pm

At the Farm

240 Beaver St.


Pre-registration required$25 for NOFA members

$30 for non-members


This Saturday, our farmers will be leading a workshop on our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  The focus will be on finances, crop planning, and managing harvests for maximum shareholder flexibility.  Our farm partnership with Picadilly Farm will be highlighted.   

Youth 4H Garden Looking for Successor
One of the 4H Club gardens at the UMass site where our farm is based is looking for a young person in middle or high school to help out with its 1500 sq. ft. 4H garden.  
The youth member currently in charge of the garden is going to graduate high school soon and would love to find someone else to keep the garden going.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in gardening and community service, as some of the produce is donated to a local food pantry. 
If interested, contact Gabriel Antonucci.

Volunteers for our Harvest Potluck & Annual Meeting on November 8th:

Help us prepare or help the night of the event.  Contact Kim to lend a hand.


Electric Heaters

Lend or Donate

If you have an electric heater in good working condition to donate or lend to us between now and mid-December, we'd love to hear from you.  Contact Amanda.






acorn squash celery


 Our 2012

Learning Garden

Programs came to an end this week, with our last Little Sprouts and After School Programs of the season.


Stay tuned for

great programming ahead in 2013


Thanks for your participation and support! 


Learning Garden Thanks 

far row of brassicas   


Fabulous Fall Fundraisers

All proceeds support our charitable

food access and education programs



Check out these fantastic benefit concerts...


Folk Baroque String Trio, Sat. Oct. 27th, 4:15-6:45pm

at the home of WFCF Board Member Janet Yeracaris.  Featuring Joy Grimes, violin; Emily Rideout, viola; and Zoe Weiss, viola de gamba; playing an eclectic range of music, from classical to folk, from Italian Renaissance to traditional Irish; the musicians will also talk a bit about their instruments and Baroque style. Hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and other beverages provided! Suggested Donation: $30 per person (partially tax-deductible). Space is limited.

You must RSVP to Janet to make sure there is still room. 


WFCF Benefit Concert at Brandeis University:

Sun. Nov. 4th, 3pm. 

Join WFCF members Barbara Cassidy and Eric Chasalow for the Barbara Cassidy Band's CD-release concert for Leaving Things the Way I Found Them, featuring Barbara Cassidy, Eric Chasalow, Bob Nieske, David "Goody" Goodrich, Dave Mattacks, and Joe Kessler - with special appearances by Peter Mulvey & Pesky J. Nixon

Get Your Tickets Now: $20 ($15 is tax deductible). A limited number of "Friend of the Farm" tickets will be sold for $40 ($35 tax deductible) and include preferred seating and a signed CD.  The concert will be held in the Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University in Waltham, where Eric teaches! We are delighted that Barbara and Eric have chosen to have their concert proceeds benefit the farm, and look forward to seeing you there.


Put your mind & body to work for a cause... 


Farm Trivia Night at Christopher's Restaurant:
Tues. Oct. 30th, Trivia starts at 8pm, but come early for dinner and to make sure you get a seat. Join Board Member Sophia Mansori and test your knowledge with her fresh and locally grown quiz masters. Bring your friends, or play on your own. Teams may have up to 4 people. Compete for prizes and bragging rights! A fun and challenging night is guaranteed. Cost is $20 per person. No reservations necessary - just show up! Christopher's is located in Porter Square at 1920 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.


The Crusha: Sat. Nov. 3rd, 1-4pm. Take a turn on the bike-powered apple cider press. Join WFCF Board Members and fellow local farmers Meryl LaTronica and Chris Yoder for this wonderful event. Bring your own take-home container or a mug for drinking fresh from the press. Donations appreciated based on your discretion & consumption! All are welcome!



Share a meal... 


The Benefit Restaurant Project - All of October

There's still a few days left to eat at The Elephant Walk in Waltham and have 3% of your sale go to us. They are open for lunch and dinner!  Click here to learn more about the Benefit Restaurant Project and read restaurant owner Bob Perry's notes from his recent experience attending The White House Forum on Social Business and Innovation.


Harvest Potluck/Annual Meeting: Thurs, Nov. 8th, 5:30-7:30pm, at Waltham Fields, 240 Beaver St. Celebrate the season behind us and season ahead with a potluck meal at the farm.  Meet our current board members and elect our new board members. 

All are welcome! 

Potluck suggestions (by first letter of your last name):

A - L: dessert

M - S: side dish or salad

T - Z: main dish 


Flatbread Pizza Company Fundraiser:Tues, Dec. 11th. at Flatbread's Somerville location, 45 Day St. Davis Sq. Part of the day's pizza sales will go to us!  Please bring your friends and family out for some brick-oven pies and check out the bowling lanes too.


Food Day Musings 

Food Day Dinner_Bob Perry
Restaurant owner Bob Perry - our gracious host at The Elephant Walk in Waltham!
Food Day Dinner-AGs
Zannah Porter (right) and Sutton Kiplinger (left) shared their experiences in our Farmer Training program.
Our Assistant Growers, Sutton and Zannah, kicked off the Food Day dinner by making important linkages between our farm and community food security, and highlighting what they've learned through our farmer training program.  Table conversations ranged from large policy issues to backyard chickens, hops production for local beermaking, and the art of fermentation.  Thanks to eveyone who came out to celebrate Food Day with us at The Elephant Walk in Waltham.  We packed the house and enjoyed a fantastic meal using Waltham Fields' produce!
Waltham Fields Chosen as Grain Share Pick-up Site
Waltham Fields is
Grains display at Farm Day
Grain guru Walter Fogg attended our Waltham Farm Day event in Sept. to educate about heritage grains and promote his share pick-up at Waltham Fields this Dec.
proud to be one of the 2012 pick-up sites for the Pioneer Valley Heritage Grains CSA share.  Shares are open to the public and have a one-time pick-up on either the first Saturday or second Sunday in December.  You can purchase full shares, which includes a year's supply of grains for a family (2+ lbs. per week), or a half-share, which is suitable for singles and couples (about 1lb. per week).
Products include ancient and heritage wheats, heirloom dry beans, milling corn, barley, rye, and other small grains.
Check out localgrain.org to learn more and sign up.
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
2012 Seasonal Staff
Assistant Growers: Sutton Kiplinger and Zannah Porter
Educators: Rebecca Byard, Rebekah Carter, 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 
Waltham Fields Community Farm | 240 Beaver Street | Waltham | MA | 02452