LexFarm Update: LexFarm Cheese-making Class a Success!

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Jeanne Lin

Jan 31, 2013, 6:44:59 AM1/31/13
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January 31, 2013

LexFarm Cheese-Making Class a Success!

cheeseThis past Sunday, LexFarm, in conjunction with the Belmont Food Collaborative, had the pleasure of hosting its very first cheese-making class, which was held at the Church of Our Redeemer in Lexington Center.� Cheese-making gurus Joan Teebagy and Lisa Fox demonstrated cheese-making step-by-step and provided useful information to a class full of inquiring minds, covering topics including pasteurized milk, heat regulation and cheese-curdling, the many uses of whey, and where to find the best cheese-making supplies.� Class participants watched cow and goat's milk magically transform into three varieties of beautiful, creamy, and delicious cheese, including ricotta, chevre, and paneer.� By the end of class, everyone got to sample the tasty end-products, enjoyed the cooking camaraderie, and shared unique recipes for home-made cheese preparations to come.

Calling All Goat Yard Volunteers!

goatsAll those interested in learning about the LexFarm Goat Yard and opportunities to help out - are invited to visit the Goat Yard at 1:30 pm on Sunday, February 3rd. We will be holding our usual public visiting hours, with a special tour and goat walk for interested volunteers.

Cost $5; Free for LexFarm members.

"Planting the Seeds for a Community Farm"

As LexFarm prepares its response to the forthcoming RFP for a community farm, we invite everyone to get involved to help shape programs and events that will form a basis for future programs and reflect the priorities you have for YOUR community farm.

LexFarm member Nancy Gold is looking for LexFarm supporters interested in farm-based education to work with her on developing a fun and exciting farm-ed curriculum and summer program for children.� She owns a large number of excellent resources, periodicals and books on the subject, in addition to having experience with school gardening and children's environmental education.

Please email Nancy at nancya...@gmail.com if you'd like to get involved.

Lexington Community Conversation: Climate Change: How can we make a difference in Lexington?

Tuesday, February 26, Keilty Hall St. Brigid's Church, 6:45 - 9 pm

Join neighbors, town staff, LexFarm members and other community groups to learn how other towns are preparing for potential problems and share your thoughts about this issue in Lexington. This is an opportunity for those concerned about our local food production to voice those concerns and help place agriculture and organic gardening on the list of priorities for Lexington.

The planning committee for this second annual Community Conversation includes members of the following Lexington groups: the League of Women Voters; the Global Warming Action Committee; Citizens for Lexington Conservation; Sustainable Lexington; LexFarm; the Planning Board, and the Town Manager's office.

Membership Corner

A Big Thank You to Brenda / 3rd Annual Meeting

We would like to extend our very best wishes and sincere thanks to our Membership Director, Brenda Netreba, as she takes a break from actively attending to LexFarm membership renewals and prepares for the arrival of her own new family member, some time around February 17th.� We also thank LexFarm member Amy Swanson for stepping in to help keep our membership records up to date, while Brenda is on leave.

But we still need YOUR help as we plan for a pivotal year and plan for a community farm: If your membership has lapsed, or it expires before the end of March, please consider renewing today.

Become a member or renew by February 22nd in order to vote at this year's annual meeting (see below)!


Mark your calendar for LexFarm's 3rd Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 24th at 2:00 pm at the Lexington Depot. We'll elect our 2013-14 Board of Directors, share details about LexFarm's RFP response, and make some exciting announcements about plans for the upcoming year... you won't be disappointed!� More details will be sent to our members list.

(Note: You can email membe...@lexfarm.org if you'd like to check on your status.)

Wild Edible Plant Series

This series covers wild edible plants found in New England as told in Russ Cohen's book, "Wild Plants I Have Known... and Eaten."� If you haven't had the chance, take some time to read this delightfully informative book to find out more on wild plants for sustainable eating.

Note:� If you are unfamiliar with harvesting wild edibles, please consult a plant expert before attempting to forage on your own.

Part Eight: Pineappleweed (matricaria matricariodes)

pineappleweedThe pineappleweed plant shares many characteristics to its cousin the chamomile and is used similarly as well. It is made up of petal-less yellow flowers, is cone-like in shape, and smells like pineapples when crushed, hence its name.� You can find these weeds in gravelly, nutrient-poor soil, such as gravel pathways or vacant lots.� In Essex County, the pineappleweed is best harvested around mid-June and are best enjoyed as a tea, dried and steeped in some hot water.� They are thought to have many healing properties, including treatment for colds, upset stomachs, and other forms of abdominal pain. Similar to chamomile, it can also be made as soothing, stress-reducing tea, and is sweeter in taste without requiring added sweeteners.

Further Thinking

Brookwood Community Farm is hosting its 2013 Goods and Services Auction, which includes a weekend getaway in Vermont, private yoga classes, and Celtic tickets. All proceeds will go to its mission in restoring under-utilized farmland and address food access in low-income neighborhoods.� The auction will be held until February 16th, read more about it here.

We welcome your feedback

Please write us at newsl...@lexfarm.org with all feedback regarding the Update or if you have suggestions for area events that we can announce.

Jeanne Lin and Allison Moody

Membership Corner

Thank You, Brenda

LexFarm 3rd Annual Meeting

Wild Edible Series

Part Eight: Pineappleweed

Further Thinking

Brookwood Community Farm Auction

Area Events

Note: Member prices refer to membership in the organization hosting the event.

February 2, Medford, 1 pm
Making Maple Syrup: Tapping and Collecting Sap
Join Groundwork Somerville and NOFA Mass for a special wintertime workshop on urban maple syrup-making! Learn about the history of maple sugaring, tree identification, modern tapping and sap collecting technology, and the effect of climate change on maple trees.� Participants will taste-test syrup and participate in a hands-on demo of sugaring techniques by tapping local trees.
$30 non-member, $25 NOFA member

February 2, Drumlin Farm, 1 - 3:30 pm
Backyard Sugaring
Do you have a sugar maple or two in your yard? Do you love maple syrup? If so, then come and join Drumlin Farm to learn how to make your own delicious syrup. They'll cover everything -tree identification, equipment needed, tapping, weather, boiling, finishing, and storing - that you need to know to get yourself started on this sweet project.
$25 non-member, $20 member

February 8, Drumlin Farm, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Stew and Brew- Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Come in out of the cold and enjoy a sampling of tasty winter stews and locally made beers. There will be several stews made from local, seasonal ingredients, including vegetarian options as well as Drumlin-raised lamb and goat, accompanied by hearty breads. In addition, there will be a variety of beer and ale from neighborhood breweries. Meet other locally-minded foodies and enjoy an evening of good food, drink and conversation.
$60 non-member, $50 member

February 9 & 10, Boston, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Organic Bee School
During this two-day Bee School, Jean-Claude Bourrut will go over the basic techniques of organic beekeeping, including materials and equipment; beehive structure; the life cycle of bees; hive development; dynamic, seasonal apiary work; honey and hive products; common pests and diseases, and their organic management.�
$145 non-member, $125 NOFA member

February 16, Roxbury, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
Celebrity Chef Cooking Lesson and Dinner
Join NOFA/Mass for this special fundraiser event at Haley House with celebrity chefs Didi Emmons and Odessa Piper and learn principles of sustainable cooking. Proceeds from this evening will go to support NOFA/Mass' Boston program "CSA Connect," which facilitates subsidized CSA shares for inner city, low-income Boston residents.
$65 for cooking class, dinner and wine, $40 for dinner and wine only


January 31 - February 2, Northampton
Soil and Nutrition Conference: Putting Principles into Practice
NOFA/Mass advocates enhancing soil fertility as a basis for the long-term ecological and economic sustainability of farming, the environment, and society as a whole. The focus of this year's conference is applying practical management strategies on the farm from principles of biological soil fertility. The lead speaker is John Kempf from Middlefield, OH, with Dan Kittredge and Derek Christianson as co-panelists. Watch this interview to see what it's all about.

February 9, Boston
Urban Farming Conference: Cultivating Lands, Nourishing Communities, Building Businesses
The annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a thriving urban farming sector. Boston and other local urban communities in Massachusetts have the potential to offer a fresh, local healthy food supply while promoting economic and environmental sustainability, as well as healthy communities, employment at livable wages, food security, youth engagement and more.

February 10 - February 12, Saratoga Springs, NY
It Takes a Region
This conference sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group is for everyone interested in creating more sustainable food and farming systems in the Northeast. It is an opportunity to share with others in the field how your local efforts make a regional impact, and to work with others to rebuild our food system.

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