November 2013     

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Table of Contents
Waltham Fields Events
Community Events
Honoring Farmer Andy
Farm Bill Update
 Waltham
Fields Events
  
Harvest Potluck/ Annual Meeting
Thurs. Nov. 7
5:30-7:30pm
In the Greenhouse
Free
  
  
The Crusha
Sat. Nov. 9
1-4pm
At the Farm
Bike-powered cider fundraiser 
  
Join WFCF Board Members and fellow farmers Meryl LaTronica and Chris Yoder for this 3rd annual event.  Make a donation of any amount to the farm and hop on the bike for some cider-pressing fun and deliciousness.
  
Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser
Tues., Dec. 10
5pm to close
45 Day St.
Davis Square
Somerville
  
A portion of all pizza sales (dine in or take out) will be donated in support of our charitable programs.  
  
Flatbread will incorporate some of our farm produce into the evening's menu. Stop by our table to say hi and check out our fantastic raffle items. Prizes drawn hourly! Dining tables and bowling lanes can be reserved for parties of 8 or more.
 
Upcoming
Community Events/Programs
  
Beginning Farmer Network of MA (BFN/Mass)
Fall Forum
Tues. Nov. 12
10am-3pm
Charlton Public Library, 40 Main St. in Charlton
  
This free networking event brings together those farming or thinking about farming w/ service providers and others concerned w/ farmer success. Waltham Fields is proud to sit on the BFN/Mass Steering Committee. 
Click here to learn more.
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Chasing Ice Film Screening
Thurs. Nov. 14
7pm at the Waltham Public Library, 735 Main St. in Waltham
  
Don't miss this breathtaking film documenting the real effect of climate change using time lapse photography to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.  Click here to learn more about the film and watch the trailer. This free event is being hosted by Christ Episcopal Church in cooperation with the Appalachian Mtn Club.
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COGdesign Benefit: Transformation - Through the Eyes of a Designer
Fri., Nov. 15
6-8pm at the
Lexington Depot
1332 Mass Ave. in Lexington
  
WFCF's Executive Director, Claire Kozower, is one of the presenters for the evening.  Talks will be
in photo flash format, so Claire will have 10 slides and 20 seconds per slide to tell the story of A Year of Food Access and Education on a Community Farm.   
$10 in advance, $15 at the door. 
  
COGdesign is a Waltham-based nonprofit providing landscape design services to under-resourced groups. 

 

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 Harvest Potluck/Annual Meeting 
Thursday, Nov. 7th
5:30-7:30pm
In the Greenhouse on the Farm
240 Beaver St. Waltham
 
FREE EVENT
ALL ARE WELCOME!
  • Bring a dish to share
  • Celebrate the season
  • Learn about plans for next season
  • Meet our Board Members
  • Thank our Volunteer of the Year
  • Children's activities provided 
Guest Speaker:
Tammy Donroe Inman - Wintersweet Cookbook Author, Food on the Food Blog Writer, and WFCF Member
Wintersweet is a collection of unique dessert recipes using storage produce and seasonal fruits. Gorgeously packaged and full of standouts like Sweet Potato Flan, Beet Ice Cream, and Parsnip Cupcakes w/ Maple Frosting, Wintersweet makes for a great holiday gift.  Meet Tammy, try one of her recipes, and get your signed copy of the book at the Farm on Nov. 7th!
 
To volunteer with set-up or clean-up, contact Alex, our Education & Outreach Coordinator.   

Thanks to Andy Scherer for 7 Years of Incredible Service! 
 
From his contributions as a core member of our farm staff, to coordination of our volunteer and food access programming in 2007-09, to managing the reclamation of farmland on our newest land lease in 2012, to the sharing of skills and advice over the years, Waltham Fields is a stronger organization because of Andy's presence and dedication. Whether you spent time with Andy in the fields, worked with him in distributing food donations, or chatted with him at one of our many social events throughout the year, you surely were touched by his gentle way with people and his passion for farming and food justice.  We were also lucky enough to benefit from Andy's experience as a production potter, with him generously donating his hand-crafted pieces to our Sprout silent auction and Harvest Potluck raffles each year, with a tremendous effort in 2010 to make 100 bowls for an Empty Bowls soup dinner on the farm that he conceived in support of the Farm's hunger relief/food access work.
  
In 2014, Andy will move with his family up to the NH/VT border.  It won't be too long before we hear of Andy getting some land to start his own farm on, but for the season to come, he has accepted a position with Sunshine Farm, run by Chuck Wooster (brother of Bruce Wooster, who together with his wife Jenny, operate Picadilly Farm - a long-time partner of Waltham Fields in serving our robust share program).
  
In the words of our long-time Farm Manager, Amanda Cather (who is completing her 10th season with Waltham Fields), "Andy is resourceful, smart, determined, funny, and has taught almost everyone on the farm how to drive to tractor."  We will miss him greatly, are so appreciative of all he has contributed to Waltham Fields Community Farm. 
  
Come on out to the Harvest Potluck on the evening of November 7th to wish him well!

 

Farm Bill Update 

  

Our US Farm Bill expired in 2012 and the process to pass a new five-year bill is rife with delays and disagreements.  The Farm Bill encompasses a wide range of the country's food and farm policies, including food production, land conservation, crop insurance, and food assistance programs, most notably the federal food stamp program (now called SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

 

As the Farm Bill debates continue, there is public outrage over proposed cuts to SNAP, with the issue coming to the forefront of the political agenda this week.  On Monday, a group of 39 senators submitted a letter advocating for the conference committee to reject any proposed cuts to SNAP. In the letter, the House-Senate conference is urged to drop both the $4.5 billion in SNAP cuts in the Senate farm bill and the $40 billion in cuts over 10 years in the House version. The current proposals erect major barriers to program participation that will negatively impact millions of seniors, children and families, with over a quarter-million children slated to lose their free school meals benefits if action is not taken.

Click here to read more about this as well as to see the full text of the letter. 

Waltham Fields Community Farm Staff  - Fall/Winter 2013

 

Claire Kozower, Executive Director 

Alexandra Lennon-Simon, Education & Outreach Coordinator

Marla Rhodes, Volunteer & Development Coordinator 

Amanda Cather, Farm Manager  

Dan Roberts, Field Manager 

Erinn Roberts, Field Manager
Andy Scherer, Farmer
Rebekah Lea, Bookkeeper & Office Coordinator
Assistant Grower: Zannah Porter
Winter Field Crew: Naomi Shea, Lauren Trotogott
 
240 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452 www.communityfarms.org