Read our press release here.

Many thanks for the generous $10,000 grant from the Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL), an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. This grant will help ensure the sustainability of LexFarm as a community resource where residents of all ages and abilities can access locally grown produce and education about farms and conservation. The grant will allow LexFarm to retain consulting services for board development, create a business plan for long-term planning, and establish an analytics dashboard to help manage the farm, the community-supported agriculture program and the SNAP/EBT program.

LexFarm will use the grant from CEL to hire a management consultant with experience advising for-profit and non-profit organizations, including other community farms. The LexFarm board thanks  Community Endowment of Lexington for their support of our mission.

Community Endowment of Lexington, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, promotes a spirit of philanthropic giving to help enhance the quality of life for all Lexington citizens now, and for the future. CEL provides a permanent source of grant funding to support Lexington’s community needs and opportunities. For more information, visit www.lexingtonendowment.org.

Seeking Volunteer Coordinator

Lexington Community Farm (LexFarm) seeks a Volunteer Coordinator to design and pilot a robust on-farm education-by-volunteering program. LexFarm has secured grant funding for 2016 for this position. The volunteer coordinator will develop and deliver a curriculum for a volunteer orientation to the farm that highlights LexFarm’s focus on soil health and the local food system. For a detailed job description and how to apply, click here: LexFarm job posting

Summer Education Programs Now Open for Registration!

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Our summer season of programs is now open for registration!  Our popular children’s programs include:

Story Hour on the Farm Join us on the farm for a morning of stories, crafts, and a visit to our neighboring goat yard! (Age: 0-5 years old)

Dirt Play Come join us for a morning of digging, making mud-pies and having fun in the dirt. Meet new friends with some dirt fun– and learning– on the farm. (Age: 0-5 years old)

Little Gardeners Calling all beginner gardeners! We will talk about seeds, read stories, take care of our garden, meet farm animals, and explore bugs. (Age: 3-6 year olds)

Farm Hands We invite children and their caregiver for a morning of farm work and fun! Learn more about soil, pollinators, plants, goats, rabbits and chickens … and have fun along the way! (All ages)

Soil Scientists We will dive into the soil beneath our feet and learn more about what’s in it, why it’s important, and how its health plays a vital role in the health of our planet. We will do soil experiments and investigate just what it means to have “good soil.”  (Age: Grades 1- 5)

Good Morning Goat Yard! Are you interested in helping us with the Goat Yard chores? The goats, bunnies and chickens all need fresh water, food and snuggles! (All ages)

For more information and to sign up go here.

Flower CSA Shares Still Available

notes-from-fields-septFlower picking will start in a few weeks.  We still have a handful of flower shares available.  Pick 2 bouquets a week for 10 consecutive weeks for less than $5.50 a bouquet. The perfect thing to bring to those summer BBQs, all you social butterflies!  Sign up here.

 

Lexington’s Board of Selectmen is seeking public feedback on a draft Conservation Restriction (CR) for the property at 52 Lowell Street, which the Town purchased from the Busa family in 2009 and now leases to LexFarm.  This CR defines the guidelines for land preservation and agricultural use on the property.

Because the Town used Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to purchase the property, the Town is required by State law to place a Conservation Restriction (CR) on the property and record this restriction with the Registry of Deeds.The Town of Lexington, working with its Community Farming Committee (CFC) as well as Town Counsel, has drafted the CR for this property.
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Events on the Farm

SAVE THE DATE: Block Party
LexFarm will hold its second annual Block Party on Saturday, July 23rd. Like our Facebook Page for updates.

Volunteer with our Food Donations Team
LexFarm aims to donate 10 percent of its harvest to local food pantries and food rescue organizations that serve people experiencing food insecurity. For more information or to RSVP, contact foodaccess@lexfarm.org

Community Potluck Dinners Begin in June
Join us for a community potluck on Wednesday, June 29th, from 5:30-7:30pm!  The event is free and open to all who support our farm and our amazing community, so please bring a dish to share incorporating some of our farm’s bounty and join us for a great night of cuisine and conversation. BYO kids, plates, cutlery and water bottles. Please label ingredients for those with food allergies.  We look forward to seeing you and celebrating the growing season together!

Mark your calendars for community potluck dinners on the 4th Wednesday of every month throughout the summer (July 27th, August 24th).

Volunteers Needed for Farm Beautification and Maintenance
We have lots of small carpentry jobs that need to be done. If you have the skill and tools please help us out. Contact propertycoordinator@lexfarm.org

Speaking of helping out, thanks to John Chamberlain and supportive volunteers, the porch is looking brighter and more welcoming. The front of the farm stand has a fresh coat of “Cherry Cola” red.

The plan is to paint the entire exterior this year. But we can only do it with your help!

Meet Stewey, Our Mascot!

steweyMeet Stewey, Lexington Community Farm’s new mascot.

Welcome Stewey!

A big “thank you” to all who helped us to name him for your creativity and enthusiasm. When we told him, he thought the name was “Stew-pendous”, and so do we!

LexFarm Receives Grant from Community Endowment of Lexington

LexFarm is grateful for the recent $10,000 grant from the Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL). The generous grant will allow LexFarm to retain consulting services from Lori Rutter of Adviza Consulting for board development, create a business plan for long-term planning, and even better manage the farm itself, the community-supported agriculture program and the SNAP/EBT program.

Community Endowment of Lexington, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, promotes a spirit of philanthropic giving to help enhance the quality of life for all Lexington citizens now, and for the future. CEL provides a permanent source of grant funding to support Lexington’s community needs and opportunities. For more information, visit www.lexingtonendowment.org.

LexFarm Update: On and Off the Farm

Farm Improvements:

We’ve been busy this spring starting to execute some of the many projects we have planned for 2016. New lines have been painted, including a van-accessible handicap space.

Thanks to volunteers from the Yale University alumni group and employees from MathWorks, the small hoop house that was next to the farm stand has been removed. We plan to use the space as an outdoor vegetable processing area where our farmers will wash and pack produce. We are making progress on converting the existing swallow house into a LexFarm information and pick-your-own kiosk.

IMG_4305-webA Musical Feast for LexFarm:

On May 22nd, LexFarm supporters were treated to a musical feast at the first LexFarm Benefit Concert to support LexFarm’s education and food access programs. Headliners Darol Anger and Emy Phelps brought their special brand of fiddle magic and vocal craft with a spirited blend of originals and traditional tunes. We are truly fortunate to have these influential and admired musicians as friends and neighbors.

Arlington’s wunderkind Fiddlin’ Quinn Eastburn and his Big Folks band wowed the audience in the opening set and joined Darol and Emy for the rousing finale.  We’ll be hearing from Quinn for many years to come.

Thanks to the musicians Darol and Emy, Quinn and Chris Eastburn, Noah Harrington, and Aidan O’Donnell, First Parish Church, the volunteer organizers, and to all attendees.  You all made it happen!

Traveling Worm Farm:

Our traveling worm bins were featured at the Children’s EarthFest on the esplanade last month. At LexFarm’s booth, children were invited to dig for worms, pose for a photograph and learn how worms help the earth. If you would like to learn more about LexFarm’s worm programs or how you can purchase a ready-to-use worm composting bin, click here.

LexFarm also presents hands-on school programs about worms and composting. At Lexington’s Bridge Elementary School, children enjoyed our popular science enrichment program once again this spring. Here, children are examining the red wigglers up close. Did you know that worms do not have eyes or ears, but they have five hearts?! I’ll bet you didn’t. But if you did, you’re probably a “book” worm! Click here to learn more about a classroom worm program for your child’s school.

Food Link Container Garden Project

LexFarm was a proud sponsor and participant in the Food Link Container Garden Project. The goal of project is to increase the capacity of food insecure community members to supplement their grocery needs by growing organic vegetables at their residences.  Food Link worked with a network of community collaborators to bring organic vegetable seedlings to Menotomy Manor, a low income housing unit in East Arlington in May. More than 40 households representing over 120 individuals chose from seedlings of beets, cherry and full size tomatoes, kale, spinach, collard greens, eggplant, scallions, lettuce, arugula, onions, celeriac, mustard greens, spicy greens mix and several varieties of hot and sweet peppers. LexFarm’s seedlings were so vibrant they emerged the crowd favorite.