P.O. Box 554
Lexington, MA 02420
phone: 781 325-4170
August 1, 2012
Due to vacations, there will be no Update next week. We did however, want to report on the most recent Lexington Board of Selectmen meeting this past Monday. The Update editors will send the next issue of our newsletter in two weeks, on August 16.
Janet Kern and Ken Karnofsky
The following is a summary of a longer letter posted on our website here.
Dear LexFarm Members and Supporters,
The July 30 Board of Selectmen’s meeting marks an important endpoint to the politics that have surrounded the disposition of the Busa Farm and a turning point for LexFarm and the community.
The outpouring of support by community members for preserving the viewscape of the farm clearly had an impact on the Board. The independent work of architect Carl Oldenburg was also compelling. Carl provided a design that included attractive housing of 4 units on 1/3 of the view frontage. The Board ultimately voted to provide space for 4 units of affordable housing on no more than ½ of the frontage of the view from Lowell Street.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Process
In addition, the Board of Selectmen made some decisions about what the RFP for the community farm should include which gives a glimpse into its final version to be presented, possibly by mid-September. Of particular interest were decisions designed to support a start-up community farm which included an initial lease term of 10 years and an annual lease fee of $1500.
This meeting marks an important turning point for LexFarm. We can now give our full attention to preparing a response to the RFP secure in the knowledge that the farm—and its view-scape—will be preserved. The township will continue the proud legacy of the Busa Farm and the Winship Farm before it, while also contributing to the success of a new Lexington Community Farm.
We find ourselves re-energized and hope that all of you will join us in looking forward to what this farm has in store for all of us.
Janet Kern and Ken Karnofsky
Don't Miss It
Eat What You Grow:
A Talk with Meg Muckenhoupt
August 8, 6:30 pm
Join LexFarm for a special event at nourish restaurant with local author, environmental writer, and LexFarm co-founder Meg Muckenhoupt.
Every home gardener grows tomatoes—but they didn’t exist in Massachusetts in 1620. What did people plant to eat? This overview of how farmers’ choice of crops has reflected the Bay State’s changing climate, transportation, economics, and food fashions reveals just how much has changed since the Pilgrims started stewing succotash.
This talk includes a handout with lists of heirloom vegetables and recipes worth reviving.
Dinner is $40 with a portion of the proceeds supporting LexFarm's educational programs. Sign up here.
Board of Directors
Janet Kern, President
Ken Karnofsky, Vice-President
Derek Moody, Treasurer
Margaret Heitz, Clerk
| Due to
vacations, there will be no LexFarm
Update this week. We would however,
like to take this opportunity to thank all
those who contributed to our newsletter in
2012, and invite you to close out 2012 in
support of LexFarm at nourish
Please feel free to send your thanks or other feedback directly to our editors at: newsl...@lexfarm.org
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