We would be spending more time celebrating, but we have been busy getting ready for this weekend’s seedling sale and the opening of the farm stand!

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Seedling Sales happening every weekend in May!
Saturday 9 am – 4 pm & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Our Farm Stand will open June 7, 2017!
Wednesday 1 – 6 pm
Thursday 3 pm – 7 pm
Friday 1 – 6 pm
Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

We are looking forward to seeing you on the farm soon!

2017 CSA Shares are Sold Out!

notes-from-fields-septBut we still have a few PYO flower shares left!

The flowers are beautiful! Stand in a field of flowers and pick your own bouquet on a summer afternoon. We’ve got classic varieties you’ll recognize from your grandmother’s garden, and some gorgeous new hybrids too! You can get more details and sign up here.

Put your name on our waiting list to be notified if any CSA shares become available for this season. You will also receive notice in advance of the general public when shares become available next year. We will add you to the LexFarm mailing list so you can hear about what’s going on at the farm this season.

Don’t forget that the farm stand is open to all so you can still enjoy this summer’s harvest and other local farm products!

If you have any further questions, let us know at csa@lexfarm.org.

Upcoming LexFarm Events

Saturday, May 20, 7 am-noon, Lexington Field and Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale
Where: DPW Building 201 Bedford St., Lexington
In addition to sales at the farm, look for us at the Lexington Field and Garden Club’s annual plant sale.  We will be offering annual vegetable and flower seedlings, and they will have a wide selection of perennials, ornamentals, and more!

Saturday May 20th, 10 am, Lexington author Jane Sutton is returning to the farm for a special Story Hour on the Farm.
Jane will be sharing two of her books: What’s Up With this Chicken? – based on a true story about a hen who refuses to get off her eggs – and Don’t Call Me Sidney, about a pig who wants to be a poet. We hope you can join in the fun! For more information and to register, click here: https://lexfarmjk.wufoo.com/forms/story-hour-on-the-farm/

spring-plant-saleEvery Weekend in May, Spring Plant Sale Come to the farm to find all your gardening needs. Pick up seeds, seedlings, and potting soil to get your garden started.  More details here.

New for 2017 In addition to our weekend hours, our seedlings are NOW available on a self-serve basis during weekdays.  More details here.

Volunteer Opportunities We are looking for volunteers to help with transplanting seedlings in our fields. The majority of our field work takes place between April and October.  Sign up for a project and come learn from our farmers, lend a hand, and get an up-close look at how your food is grown!   More details here.

 

LexFarm’s 2016 Annual Report

2016 was Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm)’s third year operating the farm. Our Annual Report highlights all the great accomplishments that made 2016 a success!

Read the Report.

Thank you!

We are delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of our members and donors, over $56,000 was raised in our 2016 annual appeal!  We appreciate the support and participation from all 430 member households and businesses!!

Your donations allowed us to accomplish these activities in 2016:

  • Continue to practice organic growing methods so we can pursue organic certification in 2017!
  • Work with a soil consultant to help us create a long-term plan to improve LexFarm’s soil through targeted cover crop planting and reduced tillage.
  • Increase farm production in a year of extreme drought, to provide CSA shareholders with 15% more than the value of their share.
  • Donate over $15,000 of produce to local food rescue organizations Lovin Spoonfuls, Foodlink, and Boston Area Gleaners, exceeding the goal of 10% of the farm harvest.
  • Staff the farm and farmstand with knowledgeable crew and work-for-share members.
  • Make many improvements to the property, including:
    • Moving the access driveway to the right side of the farmstand
    • Building an information kiosk
    • Repairing and improving the large hoophouse and its electrical and heating systems, allowing us to better heat the space and use it for starting seedlings.
  • Reach over 500 children and adults through our education and revamped volunteer program, and reach hundreds of area residents who attended on-farm events, shopped at the farm stand and visited our table at Lexington and Arlington town events.

Thanks to local grant makers and a private fund, we had some additional accomplishments this year:

  • Thanks to a Willow Tree Fund donation last year, we purchased a shiny new Kubota tractor in September! This powerful, safe and reliable tractor will help us be more efficient in spring field preparation.
  • Thanks to a grant from the Lexington Council of the Arts, Lexington artist Nancy Gold led 6 free workshops to create giant vegetable props for LexFarm’s Patriots’ Day Parade entry. The beautifully constructed props won first prize for civic entry!
  • Thanks to a grant from the Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL), an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, we hired a consultant to support the Board’s development and business planning.  We have now laid the groundwork for shifting from a volunteer-run organization to a staffed non-profit community farm. This transition to staffed leadership will ensure the sustainability of the farm as a future community resource.
  • Thanks to an Adobe Foundation grant (Newton Office), we hired a Volunteer Coordinator to streamline our individual and group volunteer sign-up system to be used for years to come!

We are all looking forward to an exciting 2017!

Get Involved! 

Interested in volunteering on the farm this winter?

This winter we’ll be hosting Farm Property volunteer days on the farm as we get our big hoop house ready for seedling production. In March, we’ll be looking for volunteers to help with greenhouse work. Check our Volunteer page soon to find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities!

Interested in Committee work?

Do you:

  • Enjoy writing publicity, have social media skills or have WordPress design and/or editing skills?
  • Have a background in fundraising or event planning?
  • Feel excited to teach about sustainable farming?

More details and contacts can be found at http://lexfarm.org/volunteer.

Donate used materials!

This season we’re looking for:

  • lightly used farm-themed toys and children’s books
  • plywood scraps larger than 2’x2′
  • cardboard egg cartons
  • a drill (electric or battery-powered)

If you’ve got any of these just taking up space in your home, please pass them along to us by emailing elena@lexfarm.org to set up a drop-off time.

A Day in the Life: The LexFarm Winter Farmer

What do farmers do in the winter? Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes!

Dec 22, 2016
It’s the day after the solstice. For the first time since June 21, there will be more daylight today than yesterday. We’ll be starting up the greenhouses again in no time! With this in mind, it feels right that I’m spending my day preparing for the 2017 season.

At 9:00 am it’s still below freezing outside, so I settle in at my desk to work on the 2017 Crop Plan. Today’s project is to finish a spreadsheet outlining the CSA share contents each week. The outline will determine how much, how frequently, where, and when to seed each crop.

After lunch I step away from my spreadsheets, and head to the local irrigation supplies store. Today I’ll be wrapping up the first outdoor winter project—upgrading the water supply to our hoop house and wash station. After inserting the final valves and adapters, the project is complete! Now, thanks to the digging efforts of volunteers Mark Gabrenya and Jeremy Marin to bury the new pipe below the frost line, we’ll be able to run water into the hoop house in March without worrying about the line freezing, and fill up the sinks in the wash station twice as fast!

I begin work on the next winter project—relocating the small hoop house from the side of the farm stand to the equipment storage area. The hoop house will store our red Farmall tractor and field supplies. We’re waiting on a building permit before moving the structure, so today I’m only prepping the metal frame.

At 4:15 the sun dips below the alpaca shed at Silk Fields, and I return to my spreadsheets for the rest of the day. I write a budget for the parts we’ll need to complete the hoop house project, and return to the Crop Plan.

As much as I look forward to harvesting the results of the Plan, the winter has brought a welcome change of pace. Once the farm stand is open the season will be so hectic we’ll only have time to jot down improvement projects as they come up, to tackle next winter. With the fields cover cropped and no vegetables to harvest in the winter, we get to make progress on improving the CSA, the farm stand offerings, and the property itself.

– Assistant Farm Manager, Elena Colman

Calendar Year Membership–Renewal Time!

Have you renewed your LexFarm Membership yet for 2017? We highly value our members and donors.  We depend on you to help support our programs. 

Renew now! lexfarm.org/membership

All memberships will be valid January 2017– December 2017. Member benefits include: discounts on LexFarm programming (including the seedling prebuy program), early notice about CSA share sign-up, and voting rights at the Annual Meeting.

Membership dues are $25 (Individual level) and $45 (Household level) per calendar year.

To be a 2017 CSA shareholder each participating household must hold a 2017 LexFarm membership at the Household level or higher.

Note: If you donated during our year-end appeal (after 11/1/16) your donation also went towards membership.  Thank you!