LexFarm Update: LexFarm Presents "Farming: Then and Now"

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Allison Moody

Mar 14, 2013, 11:52:45 AM3/14/13
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LexFarm Update

March 14, 2013

LexFarm presents... "Farming: Then and Now"

Sunday, March 17, LHS Main Auditorium, 1 - 3 pm

lexcelebrateAs part of the celebration of Lexington's 300th anniversary of the town's incorporation, LexFarm will be presenting a farm history panel titled "Farming Then and Now" on March 17th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Lexington High School. The panel of four distinguished speakers will explore who the town's farmers have been and the strategies they have pursued to keep their farms sustainable in response to regional, national, and global developments in agriculture.

In addition to being treated to lively slide presentations, attendees will be invited to join in the conversation about the important turning points in local and regional farming and the many factors that contributed to changing understandings of what a "farm" can be.

The panelists will include August "Gus" Schumacher, Jr. who grew up on a farm in Lexington, served as Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and currently serves on the 21st Century Sustainable Agricultural Task Force of the National Academy of Sciences.

The event is FREE; We have 25 "Golden Tickets" available for priority seating available to any LexFarm member who arrives before 12:45 pm. LexFarm members click here to reserve a ticket.

Nourish Newsletter

nourishWe want to highlight the great work Karen Masterson is doing in the community through her restaurant, nourish. In addition to being a great partner and holding fundraising programs for LexFarm, Karen provides a delicious menu of responsibly (and often locally) sourced food at reasonable prices in Lexington center. We hope you'll consider subscribing to her e-newsletter and stay up to date with the many programs and menus available through nourish. Read her March 6th newsletter here and click the button to sign up and receive it every week.

And mark your calendar now for May 21st...the next Wild Edible Walk with Russ Cohen and lunch at nourish to benefit LexFarm!

Farm Share Fair- TODAY

March 14, Cambridge, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

                            share fairBelieve it or not, it's time to start thinking about the summer harvest.  If you haven't already joined a CSA farm share, you may want to attend the Farm Share Fair taking place in Cambridge TODAY, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

Or you can try one of the following area farms. They all have have available shares for 2013 and offer certified organic or organically-grown produce.  Share prices refer to vegetable shares (some include fruit), but several farms also offer fruit, flower, or egg shares at additional cost:

Busa Farm - pick up at the Lexington farm stand, $400/full share, $200/half share, pesticide-free

Drumlin Farm - pick up at the Lincoln Farm, $630/share, organic practices

Enterprise Farm - several pick-up locations (including Arlington and Winchester), $700/large share, $500/small share, certified organic

First Root Farm - pick up at the Concord farm or in Somerville, $650/share, organic and sustainable practices

Land's Sake - pick up at the Weston farm, $715/share, sustainable practices

Lindentree Farm - pick-up at the Lincoln Farm, $900/large share, $750/small share, certified organic

Picadilly Farm - several pick-up locations (including Arlington or Winchester), $670/share, certified organic

Red Fire Farm - several pick-up locations (including Somerville or Cambridge), $530/main season share, certified organic

Siena Farms - pick up at the Sudbury farm or in Cambridge, $1000/peak-season share, organic and sustainable practices

The Farm School - pick up in Cambridge or Watertown, $625/share, certified organic

The Food Project - pick up at the Lincoln farm or at several pick-up locations (including Arlington), $700/on-farm share, $500/off-site share, sustainable practices

Waltham Fields Community Farm - pick up at the Waltham farm, $650/share, organic practices

World PEAS Cooperative CSA - several pick-up locations (including Lexington), $810/large share, $540/small share, organic practices

This list is certainly not complete. To find additional CSAs in the area, check out LocalHarvest.

News from the Goat Yard

goatsDespite over a foot of snow that fell on the Goat Yard on Friday, March 8th, by Wednesday it had all melted, and the herd was enjoying the warmer weather and promise of more spring-like days to come. Pictured here are Naya, the mom-to-be (left) and Ionia, her mother. Naya is expected to kid in May and appears very healthy.

The LexFarm Goat Yard will be closed on Sunday, 3/17 and Sunday, 3/24 so that we can host the farm panel and our annual meeting. We hope to re-open on Sunday, March 31st, weather and volunteers permitting!

Membership Corner

LexFarm Annual Meeting

March 24, Depot in Lexington Center, 2 - 4 pm

LexFarm will be holding it 3rd Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 24 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Depot in Lexington Center. In addition to our business meeting and a special Thank You to members, we will hear from nourish Restaurant owner Karen Masterson about the work and challenges of sourcing locally and responsibly. Karen has been a great friend and partner to LexFarm, and we hope that you'll come and learn about how we can support her work.

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 Eleven: Beach Plums (Prunus Maritima)
beachplumsBeach plums grow as bush plants commonly found on Plum Island and along the coastline of Essex County.  Similar to juneberries, beach plums can be easily identified when in bloom in the spring time, however, their fruit doesn't ripen until late August to mid-September. They are best eaten when three-quarter of an inch in diameter and taste similar to cultivated plums, yet have a slightly bitter, but not off-putting flavor.  They can be eaten freshly picked and also make for delicious jams and jellies.

Further Thinking

In A Simple Fix for Farming in the New York Times, Mark Bittman highlights the benefits of crop rotation as a convenient method in organic, sustainable farming and a feasible alternative to pesticide use.

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

LexFarm Annual Meeting, 3/24

Wild Edible Series

Part Eleven: Beach Plums

Further Thinking

A Simple Fix for Farming

Area Events

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

March 16 & 17, Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, 9 am - 1 pm
Sap-to-Syrup Farmer's Breakfast
Real Vermont maple syrup on fresh pancakes is the centerpiece of Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm's annual Sap-to-Syrup Farmer's Breakfast, but don't forget about the homemade sausage and roasted potatoes! Before or after your breakfast, walk the sap-to-syrup trail to explore the natural history of maple trees, and see how sap is collected from Drumlin Farm's sugar bush.
$15 for adults, $12 for children, Free for children under 2

March 16 & 23, Newton Community Farm, 9:30 - 11 am
Defensive Urban Gardening
You have just spent your weekend planting your little seedlings only to come and inspect your work a day later to find that some local critter has had a tasty snack!! Ways to outsmart local critters, birds and insects is just one of the topics to be covered in this two part class. You will also address issues such as protecting against extreme temperatures, fungi, birds and insects using methods such as nets, row cover and even some more creative techniques.
$45 non-member, $40 member

March 18 & 24, Via Lago, Lexington, 5 - 9 pm
Mondays in March for Lexington Farmers' Market
Sit down and dine at Via Lago any Monday evening in March and Via Lago will donate 20% of sales to the Lexington Farmers' Market.  Don't forget to mark your calendar for the Market's grand opening on Tuesday May 21st.

March 19 & April 2, Drumlin Farm, 6:30 - 9 pm
Working with Wool
Join Drumlin Farm for an exploration of wool! Sheep were the earliest domesticated farm animal and wool is one of the most ancient and important fibers in the world. You will move through all the stages of preparing fleece - cleaning, carding, and dyeing, and then learn ways to use the fleece you've prepared - spinning, felting, and simple weaving. You will meet the ewes and lambs that produce the wool and try to spend time with them each session.
$48 non-member, $40 member

March 23, Land's Sake, Bill McElwain Sugar House, 9 am
Sugaring Off
Join Land's Sake to celebrate the end of another Maple Season.  Come for a pankcake breakfast, live music from The Whiskey Boys, tours of the sugar house and of course their very own maple syrup.

March 30, Newton Community Farm, 9 am - 12 noon
4 Season Gardening: Garden Structures and Planting
Assist in the building of a simple three bin composting system and learn how to incorporate and build simple trellises and arbors into your garden infrastructure. Begin early season planting and learn about transplanting and direct sowing as well as tips on watering.
$45 non-member, $40 member


March 22 - 23, Concord, NH
New England Meat Conference
The goal of the New England Meat Conference is to enhance the production, processing, and marketing of sustainable, nutritious, humanely-raised, and delicious meat from New England farms by providing educational and networking opportunities for meat producers, processors and consumers.

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