April 2013     

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Table of Contents
SPROUT 4/26, Tickets on Sale Now
Spring Seedling Sales
Farewell to Deb Guttormsen
Science Boot Camp for 5th Graders
Staff Book Picks
In the Greenhouse
Fri., April 26


Charles River Museum of Industry


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


Tickets on Sale Now! 


Sprout radishes yellow bkgrd  


...And stay tuned for a link to eSprout, our online auction leading up to the big event.


eSprout begins Friday, April 12th and runs through Sunday, April 21st.  Twenty five items to bid on, including fine art, fine dining, and enticing getways!



Starts April 13  
Our popular Saturday morning drop-in volunteer program is back in action.  Come on out with friends and family each Saturday to lend a hand in the work of the farm.  Arrive promptly at 9am and work for an hour or two, or all the way up until noon.
Or maybe you're interested in one of our new Volunteer Harvest Crew or Crop Steward positions.
See all of this year's volunteer offerings on our website, and we'll hope to see you in our fields!

Rhubarb Tasting Menu at Tempo Bistro
All Month Long!
Order chef Nate Sigel's Rhubarb Tasting Menu made with our own rhubarb, and proceeds will benefit our education programs.
Make a Reservation for dinner at Tempo Bistro in May today!
474 Moody St. in downtown Waltham
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.   
Sat., May 11
Sat., May 18
Sun., May 19 
All sales 9am-4pm
Also, find us with seedlings at the Waltham Farmers' Market during the Watch City Festival on Saturday, May 11th, from 9:30am-2pm.
Our First Workshops of the Year!
Herbal Remedies
(1st of 3 sessions)
Tuesday, May 7
At the Farm
With WFCF Member Katherine Gekas
Container Gardening
Saturday, May 11
At the Farm
With Dede Dussault, the creator and maintainer of WFCF's own Container Garden
Registration will be posted on our website by April 15th
Click here to see our full calendar of 2013 events and programs.


Gathering Spot 


acorn squash celery
A Farewell to Deb,
our fearless bookkeeper &
behind-the-scenes champion!
Deb on the Farm   
After years of devoted service, including everything from a year on our Board of Directors and five years of bookkeeping, database development, and office equipment management to keeping the flower beds well-weeded and chopping apples for cidering during Waltham Farm Day, we are sad to see Deb Guttormsen move on, but we wish her the best of luck!  And she won't be going too far away, with community garden plots neighboring the Farm in the GROW gardens and a willingness to be on call for technical troubleshooting. 
Deb will be with us until the end of June, so if you see her around this spring, be sure to thank her for all her good work!  Her last month will be spent assisting Amanda to make sure our CSA share program gets off to a smooth start and helping to train our new hire. 
Click here to see our job description for a Bookkeeper and Office Coordinator, and share with anyone you think might be a good fit.
We also have openings for:
Field Crew, Weed Crew, and a Youth Crew Leader 
Calling All 5th Graders!
Science Boot Camp wants you
to put your boots on and join us in the Learning Garden for three days of fun,  science-based food and farm explorations 
Tues.-Thurs., April 16-18
9am-2pm at the Farm
We still have a few spots left for this exciting new program, designed to engage 5th graders in hands-on environmental education in line with the Massachusetts Curriculum Standards.
Scholarship Assistance Available
Click here to learn more about this program & other upcoming
education offerings   

Staff Picks - Visit Your Local Library!


Stop by the Waltham Public Library this month and check out our farm display next to the Children's Room.  Or stop by whatever library is closest to you, and look up some recent and non-so-recent staff faves...


Amanda: Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon

Andy: A Wk on the Concord & Merrimack Rivers, Thoreau

Claire: The Earth Knows My Name, Patricia Klindienst

Dan: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, J. Evison 

Deb:  A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm, Edwin Way Teale

Erinn:  The Living, Annie Dillard

Kim:  Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins 

Marla:  Little Bee, Chris Cleave

Sutton:  Tenth of December, George Saunders

Zannah: is going with a children's book, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, in honor of the big blue truck that was just donated to the Farm!  And speaking of children's books...


Amanda's son Jonah (age 9) is into The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley, and her daughter Sadie (age 3) loves I Will Not Ever Eat a Tomato - a Charlie and Lola book by Lauren Child. Andy's daughter Elsie (1 yr.) is enjoying the Igloo book Hide-and-See on the Farm, and Kim's twins Lily and Owen (1 yr.) are glued to Colors by Charlie Harper.   

Library Display  


In the Greenhouse


Thanks to the planning, coordination and oversight of Field Manager Erinn Roberts, with lots of help from work share Naomi Shea and our first drop-in volunteers of the season, the greenhouses are coming alive with greens and table decorations for our Sprout fundraiser, seedlings for the GROW community gardens (also based at the former UMass Waltham field station), seedlings for the public (see our May sale dates in sidebar), and all of the vegetable starts needed for 15 acres of our own organic vegetable production!  Here's a glimpse of the greenhouse environment right now!



Sprouts for Sprout 
Waltham Fields Community Farm Core Staff  

Claire Kozower, Executive Director 

Kim Hunter, Education & Volunteer Coordinator 

Amanda Cather, Farm Manager  

Dan Roberts, Field Manager 

Erinn Roberts, Greenhouse/Field Manager
Andy Scherer, Farmer
Marla Rhodes, Development Coordinator
Deb Guttormsen, Bookkeeper & Tech Coordinator
Sutton Kiplinger & Zannah Porter, Assistant Growers 
240 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452 www.communityfarms.org