Shares for the 2016 CSA program at Lexington Community Farm are now on sale! This year, we will be offering a 20-week produce share, a 10-week produce share with pickups every other week, and a 10-week flower share.
While continuing to focus on improving the health of our soil through cover cropping and soil amendments, we plan to bring more land at Lexington Community Farm into production this year. As a result, this year’s share will include more Lexington Community Farm-grown produce with the remainder supplied by Picadilly Farm in Winchester, NH. In addition, the share includes “Pick Your Own” (PYO) crops grown at the farm.
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We are delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of our members and donors, $106,700 was raised in our 2015 annual appeal! We appreciate the support and participation from over 350 member households!!
Of that, $53,700 covered items on the organization’s operating budget. Your donations allowed us to accomplish so many things in 2015:
- Start restoring our fields to health by spending approximately $18,000 on field enhancements
- Continue offering CSA shares despite keeping 1/2 of the farm fallow
- Invest in the improvement of the farm buildings, hoop houses, and retail equipment
- Reach over 500 children and adults through its education and volunteer programs and hundreds of area residents who attend events and shop at the farm stand.
- Donate 5,371 lbs or $11,336 worth of produce reaching many families in need, through donations of produce to Lexington Food Pantry, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Boston Area Gleaners and Fresh Truck.
In addition, we would like to express our enormous thanks to the Willow Tree Fund for a capital gift of $53,000. This very generous donation will allow us to purchase much-needed farming equipment and make energy-efficient improvements to the farm stand and greenhouses, together going a very long way toward making the farm operation self-sustaining.
We are all looking forward to an exciting 2016 and being able to do even more for our community in the years ahead, thanks to everyone involved!
The Lexington Community Farm Board
You Are Invited to Attend a Series of FREE Fun Patriot’s Day Parade Prop Making Workshops with The Lexington Community Farm!
What: FREE Parade prop construction workshops for Lexington Community Farm, run by two local artists
When: 6 Saturdays: January 23 – March 5 (skipping February 20)
Time: 12 noon – 4:45 pm
Where: Lexington Community Center
Who: All ages
How to sign up: use this link: https://lexfarmjk.wufoo.com/forms/lexfarm-patriots-day-parade-prop-workshop-2016/
Participants will gather at the new Lexington Community Center in the Arts and Crafts space to build facsimiles of giant vegetables and giant seed packets to be carried in the Lexington Patriots’ Day Parade. Two area artists will lead the workshops.
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We are thrilled to collaborate with the Lexington Farmers’ Market to host a winter market in early 2016. The Lexington Farmers’ Market’s first ever winter market will take place bi-weekly from January through March. It will be open every other Saturday, starting January 9, from 10 am – 2 pm in the farm stand at Lexington Community Farm. See more details here.
Dates: January 9th and 23rd • February 6th and 20th • March 5th and 19th
If you like to plan ahead, the Annual Meeting for LexFarm members will be held on Saturday, March 19th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Lexington Depot located at 13 Depot Square, in Lexington Center.
Our large plastic hoop-house is getting a makeover! Thanks to the hard work of farmer Tim and a few volunteers, a new wooden end-wall has been constructed and bracings are being installed for the roll-up sides. They plan to take advantage of the next warm winter day to put a new, inflated, double-layer of plastic over the greenhouse. When all is complete, the greenhouse will have better insulation and improved circulation. We are looking forward to using the newly renovated greenhouse for seedlings this spring!
Benefit Concert for Lexington Community Farm
Sunday, May 22, time TBD
Lexington First Parish Unitarian Church
Lexington Community Farm is pleased to announce that Darol Anger will be performing a benefit concert at Lexington’s First Parish Unitarian Church, 7 Harrington Rd, on Sunday, May 22.The time of event and ticket price will be announced in January.
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It has been an exciting year at the farm. In 2015, based on the knowledge of using organic growing methods on our farm gleaned by our 2014 farm managers, we put about half of the farm into production, bringing in most of the market-style portion of our share from Picadilly Farm. This allowed us to learn about the farm, build relationships with other local farms, actively manage the issues identified in 2014, and plan to put more of the farm into production in 2016.
What We Learned
We learned that addressing issues on the farm using organic practices will take time, and with a thoughtful plan — one that is sustainable for the land, the farm staff, and the organization — we can eventually bring the farm back into full production. In 2015, we began to tackle the soil diseases and weed pressures in our fields using organic practices and a targeted approach. Thankfully, we continue to observe that the farm has fertile soil, and we are looking forward to growing here for seasons to come.
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We highly value our members and donors. We depend on you to support our food access and education programs.
Effective January 1, 2016, LexFarm is moving to a universal calendar membership renewal date.
This system will better serve our members by making it easier to monitor your benefits and will also simplify the program’s accounting. Since benefits are tied to the growing season, calendar year benefits will be less confusing.
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Thank you so much!
Through your support, in 2015 the community enjoyed another terrific season on the farm. Together, the farm staff and volunteers grew beautiful produce and flowers, provided hands on learning experiences and distributed fresh produce to needy families.
Through your renewed commitment to the long-term vision for a community farm, you will help the farm connect all ages with farming, access to local food and sustainable agriculture.
Please consider contributing to Lexington Community Farm’s Year-End Appeal.
Your donation to Lexington Community Farm will expand the farm’s capability to:
- Take advantage of this year’s soil improvements by growing more food for CSA, farm stand and food access programs
- Engage more community members through educational and outreach programs
- Increase membership and partnerships with local organizations
Your tax-deductible gift is an investment in Lexington Community Farm’s future. Thank you in advance!
Allison Guerette, President
Donate online: http://lexfarm.org/donations