May, 2013     

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Table of Contents
Rhubarb Feast at Tempo
Seedling Sales
Herb & Container Garden Workshops
Learning Garden Open House
Farmers To You
Sprout Benefit Success
Science Boot Camp Recap!

Rhubarb Tasting Menu at
Tempo Bistro
All Month Long!

 
  Tempo Bistro in downtown Waltham has crafted a special Rhubarb Tasting Menu with our own farm-grown rhubarb as a fundraiser for us, available only during the month of May!
Make a Reservation for dinner at Tempo Bistro and proceeds will go toward our education programs!
474 Moody St., Waltham.
     

 

  Seedling Sales
   at the Farm
     9am-4pm
  Sat. May 11th
  Sat. May 18th
  Sun. May 19th
 
 
Our own organically grown vegetable seedlings - and a few herbs and flowers too -while they last!
 
Also, we'll have 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
5:30-7:30pm
At the Farm
With WFCF Member Katherine Gekas. Make tinctures, salves, teas, balms and more.  More info and register here.
  
Container Gardening
Saturday, May 11
10am-12pm
At the Farm
With Dede Dussault, the creator and maintainer of WFCF's own Container Garden. Learn more and register here.
  
Click here to see our full calendar of 2013 events and programs. Coming up on June 18th...our popular annual Wild Foraging Walk with Russ Cohen, this year at the Lyman Estate!
 
Learning Garden
Open House
10am-12noon
Saturday, May 18th
**FREE**  
 
Our Spring Learning Garden programs are full but if you're looking for summer opportunities for your children or for youth groups you work with, please drop in during our Learning Garden Open House on 5/18 to check out our garden space and solar kitchen.  During this time, we'll have activities for kids ages 0-17 to engage in.  Come on by!  ContactKim Hunter, our Education and Volunteer Coordinator, with questions or inquiries.
 

 

acorn squash celery
    
 Introducing Farmers To You:
 New Farm Partnership 
for Waltham Fields' Members
 Farmers To You
Farmers To You works to connect regional farms with Boston-area consumers, with the majority of foods sourced from Vermont. Waltham Fields Community Farm is pleased to be a pick-up site for Farmers To You in 2013, providing our members with access to a wider variety of products, such as meats, dairy, cheeses, fruits, pantry items and more!  
 
As soon as the first 25 orders are received, pick ups will begin.  Distributions will take place on Thursdays, from 4-7pm.  Click here to learn more about this new partnership and browse the product list.  Also, if you are interested in serving as a site coordinator for the Farmers to You pickup in exchange for food credit, please contact Simeon.  The site coordinator will manage the pick up process, support the driver, and assist with communications.
  
Farmers To You is the newest relationship designed to complement our own organically-grown vegetable offerings with additional farm products.  Our longest-running partnership with Chestnut Farms (located in Hardwick, MA) will of course still continue, and if you're not already getting one, we encourage you to check out their year-round meat shares with once-a-month weekend pick ups at Waltham Fields. 
  
We look forward to a collaborative year with all of our Farm Partners!   

SPROUT BENEFIT A BIG SUCCESS
  
We are thrilled to report that our Sprout benefit at the Charles River Museum of Industry was a big success this year! We raised over $40K, surpassing our goal for the evening, and putting us on track to meet our overall fundraising target of $250,000 for the year.  This money will be used to help grow and distribute vegetables and provide farm-based education for community members in need of assistance. 
  
Many thanks to our Sprout sponsors and to all of our Local Business Heroes for their support - especially to our top event contributors Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and Hobbs Brook Management.
  
sprout 2013 cheese etc
Delicious local cheeses, pickled green tomatoes and Waltham Fields' own carrots, baby radishes and greens started the meal at Sprout, while rainbow chard seedlings graced the tables as centerpieces.
  

 

Science Boot Camp Highlights!
  
Our first ever April vacation week program offered 5th graders farm fun and science education in preparation for the students taking the Science MCAS test this May. Science Boot Campers spent their days combining garden tasks and healthy snack preparation with life cycle explorations, weather and climate investigations, test-taking practice, and journal writing.  We had six campers from Boston proper and nearby suburbs, half of which participated with thanks to help from our scholarship fund!
  
Highlights of the week included planting potatoes, climbing on the compost pile, digging a hole to China, making popcorn and carrot spread, visiting the decaying opossum in the woods, taking a blindfolded sensory walk, and playing games involving working together to solve challenges. 
 
Science Boot Camp 1

Science Boot Camp 2

 

Science Boot Camp 3 

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