Farm Stand Opens Saturday May 7th!

plant-saleThe farm stand will open Saturday May 7th. We will have organic vegetable seedlings and potted plants for sale, as well as garden supplies (organic fertilizer and compost). Stop by for Mother’s Day flowers or to kick start your vegetable garden. The farm stand will be open every Saturday and Sunday in May from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Stop by and check out our beautiful vegetable seedlings and flowers plants.

Act Now! Buy your 2016 CSA Shares Before We Sell Out

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Have you been meaning to sign up for a share? CSA shares have been selling well. Fewer than 20% are left and only the Fri/Sat pickup option is available.  Don’t miss out.  This year, we are offering 20-week and every-other-week 10-week produce shares plus flower shares.

The share includes a mix of produce grown at Lexington Community Farm and Picadilly Farm in Winchester, NH, plus pick-your-own crops grown at our farm, such as tomatoes and herbs.

Sign up today!  Click here to sign up and for more information. If you have any questions, send us an email.

Spring Education Programs Now Open for Registration!

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Our spring season of programs is now open for registration.  Some of our popular children’s programs will return such as Dirt Play and Farm Hands, as well as some new programs such as Little Gardeners and Good Morning Goat Yard.

Don’t worry, adults, we haven’t forgotten about you.  Two adult workshops are coming this spring:  Seed Starting and Home Composting.

See our website for more information and to sign up.

Lexington Community Farm Benefit — May 22nd

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Support Lexington Community Farm to the sound of live music served up by legendary fiddler and multi-string master Darol Anger, standout vocalist and guitarist Emy Phelps, and friends. Feast your ears and help Lexington Community Farm grow.

Starting the set is Arlington’s own Fiddlin’ Quinn and His Big Folks Band.  A prodigy on the fiddle, Quinn has been playing, singing and wowing audiences since the age of 5.

Purchase tickets online ($31 each) and check in at desk inside the main door. No paper tickets will be issued.  Doors open at 2:30. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

 

Patriots Day parade

Monday was a beautiful day for Lexington’s Patriots’ Day Parade and we were so happy to be a part of it! Lexington Community Farm won First Place Civic for our entry in the parade.

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What’s New On and Off the Farm

seed libraryIn conjunction with The Lexington Seed Library, seed starting classes were once again offered in the greenhouse this year.  Participants learned about the difference between hybrid, open-pollinated and heirloom seed varieties as well as the merits of different germination mixes. Light, moisture, temperature and air requirements were addressed and everyone planted a full flat of seeds, using our LexFarm preferred soil mix, to take home and nurture, weeks in advance of the last frost date.

Spring Organic Gardening classes 101 and 102 have begun for a number of Town of Lexington and Lexington Public School Employees. These special classes are offered as an Employee Benefit through the Town’s Department of Human Resources Wellness Programming. Last year a new Community Garden was created behind the Central Office to enable school and town personnel to follow the LexFarm motto of “Growing Community, Community Grown.” Read the article in The Colonial Times.

Our educators are available to help your company put in place a wellness community garden for your employees. Planting the garden or sharing what you all grow is a great team building exercise and good for employee retention and well-being. Contact Education@lexfarm.org for more information.

goatsGreat news! At Silk Fields Farm, located just behind Lexington Community Farm, three baby goats were born on April 1st! They’re all healthy male kids: Charlie, Jojo, and Fudge. The mother goat, Lilac, is doing well. They have a heat lamp in order to keep them warm. You won’t see them outside yet (they are too small), but soon they will be big enough to be out playing with the others!

There will be a Spring Open Barn event at Silk Farm on Sunday, May 15th from 12:00 to 2:30. Come play with the goats, feed the chickens (and our soon-to-arrive chicks), and see the bunnies! There will also be homemade lemonade and warm chocolate chip cookies for sale (all proceeds will go to charity). We hope to see you there!

For more information or questions, feel free to email sidney@silkfields.com.

Welcome, New LexFarm Staff

ElanaElena Colman, Assistant Farm Manager

Born in Illinois, where the topsoil runs meters deep, Elena has spent the last 10 years farming in New England. She comes to Lexington Community Farm with 10 years of growing experience in Concord, MA at Brigham Farm and as the co-owner and manager of Crooked Row Fields. She is excited to join Tim Hines and LexFarm in its third year of growing, and looks forward to efficient, increased production this year. Having spent the last few years with a small farm crew, Elena is excited about the strong, enthusiastic community at Lexington Community Farm, the educational opportunities and conversations created in such a space, as well as new farm-based puns and recipes!

DevonDevon Byrne, Farm Educator

Devon is a transplant from Louisville, Kentucky who first found her way to New England after enrolling in the University of Vermont. There, she became intrigued with the connection between our food system, and our environmental and human health. After graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, she moved to Colorado to complete an organic farm apprenticeship, earning a Permaculture Design Certificate and leading the farm’s youth ‘environmental stewardship’ camp. When not at LexFarm, she is managing the Farmer’s Market at Harvard and completing her certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Having worked with adults and children, Devon is passionate about empowering and inspiring people and communities to achieve optimal health through farm-based education and advocacy for local agricultural systems. If you meet Devon in person, ask her about Teton Waters Ranch, a grass-fed beef company, and if it helped her to “meat” some new people!

Further Thinking: An inside look at what Farmer Tim has been up to

farmerTimOur farmer Tim has been hard at work preparing for the upcoming growing season!  After adding more plastic to insulate our large hoop house, and ensuring that all equipment is in working order, he’s been forecasting the upcoming season as best as possible to ensure an even more productive year on the farm.  While planning out the crops, Tim has been mindful of the diversity and volume necessary for fulfilling our CSA shares, but also for farm stand and restaurant sales.  Tim is looking forward to bringing on an assistant farmer and collaborating with him or her to order seeds for the season. Otherwise, Tim plans to test our soil once again in the spring to measure the organic matter our rye and vetch cover crops have been adding to our soil.  So with some added help, Tim plans on putting more land into production to continue serving our members, our community, and our earth well.  We’re all excited for what the 2016 season will bring!