September 2013     

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Table of Contents
Learning Garden Programs
Artefact Shopping Extravaganza!
Produce & Purees - Upcoming Workshops
Waltham Farm Day - Oct. 5th
Fall Events
A Farewell to Kim
Policy Action - Food Safety Act
Arrigo Farm Update
Local Pumpkins Grown for Autumn Ale
Fall Programs
in the Learning Garden
 
 
LG planting potatoes spring little sprouts 2012
 
Garden Explorers Afterschool for children entering K-3rd grade, on 6 Tuesdays starting Sept. 17.
  
Little Sprouts Family Programs for children 0-4 and caregivers, on 6 Tues. or Wed. starting Sept 17/18.
  
Farm Visits for school & community groups, preK-8th grade. 
  

 

Shop at Artefact Home/Garden

Sat., Sept. 21

10am-6pm

1000 Pleasant St.

Belmont, MA

  
A 2013 Best of Boston award for decorative accessories for the home is just the latest in a stream of much-deserved recognition for sisters Maureen and Sue Walsh, owners of Artefact.  Stop by on Saturday, Sept. 21 between 10am & 6pm to shop for a cause with 10% of all proceeds donated toward WFCF's charitable programs!
  
Save 20% on all products, including furniture, lighting, textiles, garden containers & accessories. Spend $50 or more and be entered into a drawing for a hand-carved serving board with special accoutrements. Phone orders count too!
  
Click Here to see and share our event flyer with all the details.
  
Cloches
  
Upcoming
Workshops: Farm2Table Cooking and Exploring Peppers & Purees
  
Pepper Varieties
  
Farm-to-Table Cooking Class
Thurs, Sept. 19
5:30-7:30pm
At the Farm
w/ Shannon, Whole Foods Market Healthy Cooking Specialist.
Click Here for full details & registration.
 
Pepper Variety & 
Cooking Workshop
Sun, Sept. 22
2-4pm
At the Farm  
w/ Chef Joh Kokubo of Kitchen on Common Restaurant and Farmer Dan Roberts from Waltham Fields. Sample recipes and make one of our own to take home! 
Click Here for full details & registration.
  
Make Your Own Baby Food
Sat, Oct. 12
10am-12pm
At the Farm
Join Educator Kim Hunter for instruction and practice making organic vegetable purees and other tasty meals for your child/children. Includes samples to take home.
Click Here for full details & registration.
 
 
Waltham Farm Day Sat. Oct. 5th, 2-5pm 
At the Farm
  
Free event celebrating local farming and MA Harvest for Students Week!
  
Click Here to view and share the flyer!
  
VOLUNTEER
HELP NEEDED leading up to and during Farm Day. Contact Kim to lend a hand.

 

acorn squash celery
    
  

 

 

Fall Events - Please Join Us!
 
The harvest season is upon us and the vegetables aren't all that's bountiful - check out our fantastic line up of fall events (see sidebar & our website for details):
  
Whole Foods Farm to Table Cooking Class
Thurs. Sept. 19th, 5:30-7:30pm at the Farm
  
Benefit Day at Artefact Home/Garden Store
Sat. Sept. 21st, 10am-6pm
1000 Pleasant St., Belmont
  
Pepper Variety & Cooking Workshop
Sun. Sept. 22nd, 2-4pm at the Farm
  
Elephant Walk Restaurant Fundraiser
October - All Month - Lunch, Dinner and Brunch
  
Waltham Farm Day - FREE Celebration!
Sat. Oct. 5th, 2-5pm at the Farm
Volunteers needed - email Kim
  
Make Your Own Baby Food Workshop
Sat. Oct. 12th, 10am-12pm at the Farm
  
 
An October Send Off for Kim, with a Welcome for Alex
  
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Alex Lennon-Simon (left) and Kim Hunter (right) amidst the dill and cosmos in the Learning Garden
It will be a bittersweet goodbye for Kim Hunter this fall, as she leaves her post managing our education programs to resettle with her family in California. Kim has worked hard to expand our Learning Garden programming over the last two years, creating new programs like Science Boot Camp and Youth Crew for teens, maintaining strong partnerships with organizations serving low-income children, developing farm-to-fork activities, and welcoming groups throughout Greater Boston and beyond for Farm Visits and volunteer experiences. Kim will be with us right up until her moving day. Her last two Saturdays will be spent spearheading our annual Farm Day event on Oct. 5th and instructing our Make Your Own Baby Food Workshop on Oct. 12th, when she'll share tips and techniques she's honed for crafting farm-fresh organic vegetable purees for her own babies and will guide participants through making some of her favorite combinations for people to take home.
  
Over the next few weeks, Kim will work side by side with Alex Lennon-Simon to share knowledge and systems, enabling a smooth transition for Alex to step in as the farm's next Education and Outreach Coordinator.  We are thrilled to have Alex become a year-round member of our team.  Her credentials include work with ReCover Green Roofs, Groundwork Somerville, Museum of Science, and Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, as well as having taught summer programs for us in 2010 and leading our Youth Crew just this past August.  Stop by the Learning Garden this fall to give Alex a warm welcome!
  

 

 

Help Rework Food Safety Rules

    
In 2011, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and since then the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two sets of proposed rules.  While the overall aim is an important one - to reduce microbial contamination in our food supply - the FSMA, as written, threatens to decrease food access in New England, alter our agricultural landscape, limit economic opportunity in our rural areas, and increase the chemicals in our food.
  
The New England Farmers Union (NEFU), a nonprofit organization working to enhance the quality of life of family farmers and fishermen in all six New England States, has been leading the effort to get consumers involved in advocating for a FSMA that promotes food safety without harmful consequences for agriculture and local food in our region. See NEFU's website to learn more about the issues surrounding the FSMA and the public comment process.  The FDA's comment deadline is November 15th. 
  
And speaking of Food Safety, we're currently working with the Waltham Health Department to prepare our barn for retail sales of our produce as well as other local farm products.  Stay tuned for a progress update soon...
 

Arrigo Farm Preservation Update: Waltham Residents - Save the Date for Upcoming Hearing

    
Last month, we mentioned the exciting prospect of the City of Waltham purchasing the Arrigo Farm property in order to preserve one of the oldest family farms in America - dating back to the 1600s. The Waltham City Council has adopted a resolution to sponsor an application to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) to acquire the farm site under open space and historic criteria for the purpose of leasing this land for local farming. Currently, the application is before the CPC, which will hold a public hearing prior to voting on the application.
  
Waltham residents are encouraged to show support by:
- Stating your views at the next public hearing, tentatively set for for Tues. Oct. 8, 7pm at City Hall.
- Writing/emailing CPC members and/or your Ward and At-Large Councilors to express yourself.
  
Contact the Waltham Land Trust to learn more, obtain address info for public officials, and to receive updates moving forward.
 

 

On Tap

at Watch City Brewery:

Pumpkin Ale Made with 

WFCF's Organically Grown

Sugar Pumpkins!

 

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Watch City Brewery Manager, Patty Paulauski (left) and Claire Kozower toast to their farm-brewery collaboration
    
Stop by Watch City Brewery this fall and try their Pie-Eyed Pumpkin Ale, made with sugar pumpkins we grew for them this year. When you get yourself a pint, please let the folks at the Brewery know how much you appreciate their sourcing from our local farm.
  
Waltham Fields Community Farm Staff  - Fall 2013

 

Claire Kozower, Executive Director 

Kim Hunter and Alex Lennon-Simon, Education Coordinators 

Amanda Cather, Farm Manager  

Dan Roberts, Field Manager 

Erinn Roberts, Field Manager
Andy Scherer, Farmer
Marla Rhodes, Volunteer and Development Coordinator
Rebekah Lea, Bookkeeper & Office Coordinator
 
Assistant Growers: Sutton Kiplinger & Zannah Porter
 
Field Crew: Hector Cruz, Maricela Escobar, Amber Sandager, Lauren Trotogott, Eli Shanks
 
Educators: Mikaela Burns, Matthew Crawford, Sarah Schrader, Fan Watkinson
 
240 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452 www.communityfarms.org