LexFarm Update: LexFarm Community Farm Proposal Submitted!

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Jeanne Lin

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LexFarm Update

June 6, 2013

RFP Update

logoThanks to the scores of people who contributed in many ways over the past two months, on Monday, June 3rd, LexFarm submitted its proposal to the Town of Lexington in response to the RFP to lease the Busa Farm land and operate a community farm. Special thanks to LexFarm VP Ken Karnofsky who did a tremendous job leading the effort. Thanks also to the 183 individuals and families who strengthened our proposal by pledging over $25,000 to demonstrate community support and commitment to LexFarm's vision. We do not yet have a timeline from the Town regarding when they will make a decision, but we will keep you updated!

We are starting to do more updates on Facebook and Twitter, so that's another way to hear the news as it happens!

LexFarm Presents:
Genetic Roulette:The Gamble of Our Lives Film Screening

Monday, June 10, Cary Library, 6:30pm, Free

A must-see film!

LexFarm and Nourish restaurant will be holding its first film screening this summer on the documentary that uncovers the truth about GMOs (genetically modified organisms), which will change the way you think about food and how it grows.

Come join friends and neighbors for a night of film and discussion.  The film will start at 7pm; admission is free and refreshments will be served beforehand.  Jack Kittredge of NOFA/Mass will lead a discussion afterwards. 

To attend, please RSVP at eve...@lexfarm.org

Goat Yard Update:  Parent and Youth Volunteers Needed!

Naya's family" by Mike DecoteauThe new kids are growing fast and enjoying daily exercise in the Goat Yard while the adults, including their mother Naya, have pasture time.

LexFarm is looking for pairs of volunteers (parent and youth 10 and up works well) to commit to regular shifts at the Goat Yard over the next month and throughout the summer to help pasture the herd while watching and protecting the baby triplets.

If you'd like to help and can commit to a regular shift (1 - 2 hours/week), please contact Josh Vatsky: jo...@lexfarm.org.

Please note: all volunteers must be LexFarm members: lexfarm.org/membership.

Welcome New Board Member Josh Vatsky

JoshAt our May 21st meeting, LexFarm's Board of Directors appointed Josh Vatsky to the board to fill a two-year term ending in 2015.

Josh is an electrical engineer who recently took a year off to WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, or "Willing Weeders" On Organic Farms).  The majority of the WWOOF stays were in New Zealand and included work at a permaculture and micro-alternative-energy teaching facility; a hydroponic salad greens business, a vineyard; and in several "homestead"-type settings involving various levels of food and energy self-sufficiency.  After returning, Josh was thrilled and heartened to discover the LexFarm endeavor and is very excited by the prospect of a community farm coming to fruition on the Busa farm land. In turn, the LexFarm board is thrilled to have Josh on the board with his unique perspective, skills and experience. Josh is coordinating all volunteer activity at the LexFarm Goat Yard, including weekly visiting hours. Thank You and Welcome, Josh!

"Have you seen the LexFarm ABC Book?

abcbookWe want to say a special thanks to Ms. Owens and her Kindergarten class at New Covenant School Arlington. Over this past school year, the class visited Busa Farm and the LexFarm Goat Yard for three field trips, where they observed what was growing on the farm in different seasons. At the end of the year, the class presented us with their LexFarm ABC book, with wonderful, drawings and photographs of what they saw and experienced. It's funny (check out "I" is for Ionia), heartwarming, and beautifully drawn!

You can see an online version of the book at slideshare.net/lexfarm

Membership Corner

Show Your Support, Become a member

A donation of $20.00 for an individual membership or $35.00 for a family membership will help us meet our current expenses and plan for the future.  You can sign up online here or send a check payable to LexFarm at P.O. Box 554, Lexington, MA 02420. If you have any questions, contact Brenda Netreba at membe...@lexfarm.org.

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 Seventeen: Lambs Quarters (Chenopodium Album)
lambs quartersLambs Quarters, a.k.a., White Goosefoot, Pigweed, and Wild Spinach, are weeds that can be found anywhere there is fertile soil.  They are often available for picking from late May to early June, however, can be found long after if they are persistent enough.  The leaves of Lambs Quarters are shaped like a goose foot and often have a white dusting on the inner leaves of each leaf cluster.  The leaves and stem are edible only when the plant is about 3 to 7 inches tall.  They are mild in flavor, can be substituted for spinach, and can be eaten raw or cooked. The seeds, which resemble poppy seeds, can be collected and made into a flour similar to buckwheat.  

Further Thinking

A public hearing on GMO Labeling Bills will be held at the State House on June 11th from 10 am to 1 pm.  Come join Jack Kittredge of NOFA/Mass and other local farmers who support consumer awareness on GMOs.  Go here to learn more.

We welcome your feedback

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

Jeanne Lin and Allison Moody

Membership Corner

Wild Edible Series

Part Seventeen:  Lambs Quarters

Further Thinking

MA Bills on GMO Labeling

Area Events

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

June 8, Drumlin Farm, 10 am - 4 pm
Dairy Day
Celebrate National Dairy Month at Drumlin Farm with many special activities: try your hand at milking a cow, make your own butter and cheese, create kid-and-calf crafts and get mooving with fun and games.
$14 non-member, $12 member

June 9
, Boston, 9:30 am - 3 pm
Third Annual Tour De Hives
Join fellow bike and bee enthusiasts for Boston’s yearly bicycle tour of urban bee hives.  Join for a single site demo or spend the day touring by bike from hive to apiary as you gain insight into urban beekeeping. Total mileage from start to finish is just about 6 miles.
$10 suggested donation

June 10, Journeyman Restaurant, Somerville, 6:30 pm
Green Salon
This informal gathering to enjoy food, drink  and conversation will bring together progressive experts in the fields of architecture and food to foster discussion and collaboration over the complex challenges facing our food system. Hosted by architects Jim Newman and Sarah Slaughter and chefs/restauranteurs Tse Wei Lim and Diana Kudayarova. Reservations required at in...@journeymanrestaurant.com.

June 12, Dracut, 4 - 6 pm
Organic Pest Management
After a long, hard, and dormant winter here in the Northeast, if you think you're ready for some fresh local produce, just wait to see how hungry the bugs will be!  Join New Entry in the fields to learn about identifying and organically managing common insect pests in the Northeast. We will cover management practices such as prevention, cultural controls and the appropriate application of organic (OMRI listed) pesticides.

June 14 & 15, Somerville
Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest
Calling all foodies, artisan craft food devotees, craft brew fans, localvores, brew hobbyists, and the curious minded! This event is a celebration of local craft brews in conjunction with Sustainable Business Network’s Boston Local Food Programs. The goal of this program is to transform the local food system by raising awareness about the abundance of wonderful locally grown and produced products in Massachusetts and New England and by encouraging individual consumers, food and beverage producers, and vendors to Think Local First.
$35 per session

June 15, Newton Community Farm, 9 am - 12 noon
The Mid-Season Bounty and Thinking Ahead
Weeding, harvesting and tips on how to dry and store your harvest. Check in with your compost system and begin to plan for your late season harvest.
$45 non-member, $40 member

June 15, Drumlin Farm, 10 - 4 pm
Strawberry Day
Come celebrate a tasty summer tradition and pick your own strawberries.  Like all Drumlin Farm produce, the strawberries are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Special programs throughout the day.
Regular admission- $7 non-member adult, $5 non-member child, Free for members.  Strawberries are not included in the price of admission.

June 22, Lexington Center, 9 - 11 am
Garden Tour
Garden tour participants will have the opportunity to learn from local gardeners’ knowledge and expertise and acquire tips for their own gardens. This year’s tour will focus on sustainable gardening practices and edible plants. Rather than admiring traditional decorative gardens as has been the focus in past years, this year’s participants will see gardens that engage in composting, growing your own produce, and even raising chickens and goats. Space is limited, so sign up early either at the Lexington Farmers' Market or by e-mailing Helen Theodosiou. Proceeds will benefit SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program).
$20 suggested donation

June 26, Dracut, 4 - 6 pm
Weed Management
Whether you've been fighting an uphill battle against weeds in your fields for years, or are a newcomer to these competitive pests, this workshop is for you.  This workshop will cover how to identify the most common weeds that may be taking up residence in your fields. You will learn how to effectively manage weeds in an organic and sustainable way, whether you have a large farm or a smaller market garden.  You will be working with farm equipment such as walk behind tractors, cultivators, hand tools and flame weeders. Weeds beware.

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Board members

Janet Kern, President
Ken Karnofsky, Vice-President
Derek Moody, Treasurer
Nancy Gold
Jay Luker
Brenda Netreba
Betsy Pollack
Charlie Radoslovich
Josh Vatsky
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