LexFarm Update: Local Fish & Wine Dinner and Food Day

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Jeanne Lin

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LexFarm Update

October 11, 2012

Local Fish & Wine Dinner at nourish

� Tuesday, October 16th, nourish, 6-9 pm

fish_wineWe can't think of a better way to spend an evening than sampling local wines and enjoying a dinner of freshly caught local fish, while learning about the challenges of growing grapes, and making a living off the ocean from the people who do the work! We also can't think of a better venue than at nourish restaurant, where owner Karen Masterson has been so supportive of LexFarm's work.�

The event will run from 6 - 9 PM on Tuesday, October 16th. Tickets purchased in advance are only $50 per person at namanet.org. You can also buy a ticket for $60 at the door on the day of the dinner.� For more information, you can call the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance at 978-281-6934 or call Karen at 508-641-0878.

Food Day 2012- October 24th�

food dayFood Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The Second Annual Food Day takes place on Wednesday, October 24th to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation�s food policies. You can join this push for a stronger, more united food movement by attending a Food Day event in our community. Many schools in the area are using the day to improve the school lunch offerings and highlight healthy eating.�

Here's a list of just some of the events open to the public that you might want to attend (please note- not all take place on the 24th):

October 20, 1 - 4 pm, Lincoln: Food for Thought Workshop and Farm Tour with The Food Project (free)

October 20, 2 - 3:30 pm, Cambridge: Didi Emmons: Chefing for The Greater Good, How One Chef has Forged a Path in Public Health at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts (free)

October 21, 2 - 5 pm, Boston: Food Day Swap with Boston Food Swap (free)

October 23, 5:30 - 7 pm, Wellesley: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the World of Food at Babson College (free)

October 24, Cambridge: Harvard Square's 20 Mile Radius Restaurant Challenge

October 24, 4 - 5 pm,
Brookline: Secrets of the Vegetable Mom (free)

October 24, 6:30 - 9 pm,
Waltham: Waltham Fields Farm Benefit Dinner at The Elephant Walk ($45)

Goat Yard Open Every Sunday

��� Every Sunday, LexFarm Goat Yard, 3 - 5 pm

Stop by the Goat Yard this Sunday (weather permitting) during visiting hours and see what Ionia and the kids have been up to.� Free for LexFarm members and Goat Yard Adopters.�

Bring acorns if you can!

"If These Walls Could Speak�" The Jacob Whittemore House

whittemore house
What was it like to operate a farm in Lexington in the 18th century?� On Sunday, October 7, LexFarm members and guests recently had an opportunity to explore this question with Polly Kienle, Ranger at Minute Man National Park.�

Kienle has been researching the history of the Jacob Whittemore House, constructed around 1717, which is located in the park on the western edge of Lexington.� In her program, she shared with participants many of the historical documents she has found and invited us to investigate them to bring the Whittemore family to life.�

As one group studied the home�s physical structure to see how it had grown over time, others studied the family structure, and read the will of Nathaniel Whittemore, �yeoman and physician,� dated 1754.� Nathaniel left the bulk of his �home place� or 114 acres to Jacob, his youngest son�more than enough land for a sustainable farm at that time; his eldest son Nathaniel received less than half as much.�

Farming, we learned, was so difficult in the New England ecosystem, that older generations developed a tradition of giving land to the youngest son so that he would have enough time to make it productive.

Even so, another group examined a tax assessment and an inventory of Jacob Whittemore�s household goods and determined that, by the 1770s, Jacob was struggling to make a go of it.

We�d like to thank Polly Kienle and LexFarm member Carolyn Goldstein for working to offer this program through LexFarm. We look forward to continuing to bring more farm history programs like this to you in the future!

Wild Edible Plant Series, Part One: Groundnuts

This series will cover 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.

groundnutsThe groundnut (Apios Americana) is a vining plant with chocolate-colored blossoms that look similar to those of peas and bean plants.� The edible part of the plant, in addition to the bean pods it produces, are its tubers, located 2-3 inches below ground level.�

Groundnuts were crucial to the survival of original European settlers during their first winter in the New World.� They even found it to be such a reliable food source, that attempts were made to grow and domesticate them back in Europe, yet were unsuccessful.

You can find groundnuts in damp, sandy soil where they can be harvested any time of the year when the ground is not frozen.� Groundnuts are high in protein and can last for up to a month when refrigerated.� Though these tubers are edible raw, they are tastier when cooked.� It is important to note that since they are related to peanuts, they may cause an allergic reaction for some.

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 Lexington Community Farm Coalition at P.O. Box 554, Lexington, MA 02420. If you have any questions, contact Brenda Netreba at membe...@lexfarm.org.

Further Thinking

As an example of "thinking outside the box," Silicon Valley restaurateur Kimbal Musk has developed a new, cost-effective product for creating school learning gardens that doesn't require raised beds.� Read more about it here in the Washington Post.�

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

Further Thinking

Area Events

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

October 13, Newton Community Farm, 9 am - 12 noon
Season Extension and More
Learn about the different methods of season extension; row covers, hoops and mini greenhouses. Discuss what crops can be grown over the winter and the role of cover crops. Revisit your compost system and learn about the importance of turning and also how to store your compost. Finally learn about the importance of seed saving and how to begin your own collection.
$45 non-members, $40 members

October 13
, Concord Museum, 10 am - 3 pm
Family Farm Day
Hands-on activities explore Concord�s farming history and celebrate our present-day farms. Handle tools from 3,000 years ago, use a cider press, make and taste sauerkraut with Gaining Ground, decorate pumpkins, visit with chickens from Drumlin Farm, make cornhusk dolls, enjoy refreshments by Trail�s End Caf�, and much more!
Free with Museum admission

October 13, Mattapan, 10 am - 2 pm
Harvest Festival and Perennial Divide
Help Boston Natural Areas Network celebrate the harvest season with honey bees and fresh-pressed cider. Dig up your perennials to share and shop for plants from the City Natives nursery.

October 19, Concord, 7:30 pm
Film Screening: "Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives"
This powerful documentary about the impact on our health of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food we eat�is the second film in ConcordCAN�s fall film and discussion series.

October 20, Waltham Fields Community Farm, 2 - 4 pm
Seed Saving Workshop
Join master gardener, Brian Madsen, at Waltham Fields Community Farm for an afternoon to learn the basics of seed saving. During his presentation, Brian will show you the foundations of saving seeds from a few beginner friendly plants. He will share best practices and discuss how to begin planning for your first season of saving seeds. All participants will prepare and take home seed packets of three different crops that grew in WFCF's Learning Garden this season.
$10 members, $15 non-members

October 21, Cary Hall, 7 pm - 9 pm
Climate Change and Geoengineering
Should we try to limit climate risks using planetary scale climate engineering?� Learn about the latest research from world expert David Keith.� Sponsored by the Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition.

October 27 - 28, Boston
Boston Vegetarian Food Festival
This Festival brings together an amazing array of vegetarian natural food providers, top national speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors in a fun and welcoming environment. It is a chance to talk directly to food producers, learn the newest items in the marketplace, taste free food samples, shop at show special discounts, or simply learn what vegetarian foods are available and where you can find them.

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