Special Story Hour On the Farm with Jane Sutton

jane suttonOn Saturday September 17th, at 9am, Lexington author Jane Sutton will return to the farm for another special story hour.  She will share two of her farm picture 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.

At this event for all ages, Jane will run interactive activities based on the stories and will answer questions about being an author. Attendees are welcome to purchase signed books.  Click here for registration.

Second Annual LexFarm Block Party a Success!

block party1The threat of rain did not keep over 175 people from attending the Second Annual Block Party on Saturday, August 13th.  Returning members and newcomers enjoyed food samplings from farm stand vendors Dove and Figs, Alex’s Ugly Sauce, Bread Obsession, and Roasted Granola Company.  Farm mascot Stewey the Tomato was on site to greet kids and to officiate over the fiercely competitive vegetable races!  Thank you to Silk Fields Farm for opening their gates to attendees. The goats and bunnies were the hit of the day.  Many thanks to all who made the event so enjoyable!

Volunteers Making a Difference

kioskNew Kiosk
Thank you to designer and builder Mark Gabrenya and to the over 15 volunteers who helped take down the old swallows’ nest and repurpose it as our new informational kiosk at the farm! The BRAND NEW, lovingly built kiosk includes details about CSA pick-your-own and farm events.  It also provides a wonderful seating area from which to view our growing fields.

Painting
Thanks to the hard work of volunteers from Ballentine Partners in Waltham and the Forsyth Institute of Cambridge the side of the farm stand looks great!  They also started on the back of the wash house and the hoop house. For information about upcoming opportunities to help paint the farm stand check out the new Volunteer Page.

painting-crews

 

Eagle Scout Project Completed

Dylan JacksonThanks to Eagle Scout Dylan Jackson (third from right) and scouts from troop 160 for building planting tables to use in the greenhouse. Farmer Tim has plans to use the tables for a dual purpose. The tables will serve as a surface for trays of seedlings and transplants in the early spring, and when flipped, may be filled with soil and used to grow greens through the late fall. Multi-purpose, multi-season!

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.

Events on the Farm

Volunteer with our Food Donations Team
LexFarm aims to donate a portion 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 Continue in August
Join us for a community potluck on Wednesday, August 24th, 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!

Volunteer on the Farm
Our Volunteer Program offers opportunities for individuals, families and groups to participate in the life of Lexington Community Farm. We strive to accommodate as many volunteers as possible, within the constraints of operating a professionally managed farm operation. Most volunteer opportunities are for people 16 years and older, although we do have a few farm tasks that lend themselves to people as young as 8. Volunteer work happens in the fields, greenhouses, around the farm property and in Board of Director and committee meetings. For more information go here