Upcoming LexFarm Events

Lexington Farmers’ Market. Lexington Community Farm will be participating in the LFM 8th Annual Thanksgiving FEASTival

When: Tuesday November 21, 12-4pm
Where: Seasons Four, 1265 Mass Ave, Lexington

Delicious, local food available just in time for Thanksgiving!

It will be the last chance to shop for fresh organic veggies from our farm in 2017. We’re expecting to have the following for purchase (while they last):

Sage, Winterbor kale, Red russian kale,
Leeks, Cilantro, Rosemary, Oregano, Greens,
Beets, Watermelon radishes, Delicate squash,
Celeriac, Sweet potatoes, and more!

We will also be accepting SNAP and HIP.

Go to http://www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.org for a list of other vendors.

Volunteer Opportunities Our Volunteer Program offers opportunities for individuals, families and groups to participate in the life of Lexington Community Farm. Volunteer work happens in the fields, greenhouses, around the farm property and in Board of Director and committee meetings. Watch for greenhouse volunteer opportunities in the spring. We start up our greenhouses in February, and by April we are potting up thousands of flower, tomato, pepper, eggplant and herb seedlings.  More details here.

Are you interested in being more involved in the “behind the scenes” work that makes everything you enjoy about the farm possible?

Board Members

The LexFarm Nominating Committee is seeking new board members to join our active Board.  Use your interests, skills and talents to help LexFarm.  New Board members will be elected at our Annual meeting in March.  If you have any interest, please contact Sue Schiffer, vicepresident@lexfarm.org.

Committee Members

We’re seeking volunteers to join our committees to help with the following:

  • fundraising
  • writing
  • administrative tasks
  • events

If you’re interested in helping LexFarm continue to thrive, please send an email to one of the committee contacts, listed below, or to info@lexfarm.org.

The Community Education and Engagement Committee helps with community outreach through education, communications and events. Under this committee are other working groups:

The Education Committee builds farm-based curriculum, creates on-farm educational signs, leads or administrators on- and off-farm programs, runs children activities during farm events, and works with local schools.

We are looking for individuals who are interested in educating the community about sustainable agriculture, local food and organic practices. We welcome teachers, students, parents and anyone who has a passion for teaching the community (and learning along with them) about just where our food comes from. Contact Education Committee member, Amanda Maltais, education@lexfarm.org.

The Communications Committee keeps LexFarm members informed about what’s happening at the farm and in our community.

We are looking for people who enjoy writing and would like to get involved in publicity. Contact Communication Committee member, Mary Rose Scozzafava at
communications@lexfarm.org.

The Development Committee is responsible for fundraising to support LexFarm programs. We connect with farm members and donors through calls and emails, farm tours and thank you events and we generate a year-end appeal mailing. We are currently looking for 2 people to join our committee to help us write fundraising materials and with donor outreach. Contact Development Committee member, Sue Schiffer, VicePresident@lexfarm.org.

The Agriculture/Property Committee works with the farm staff to support farm operations and programming by proposing needed property improvements and a plan to complete them using a combination of professionals and volunteers. Contact the Agriculture/Property Committee chairperson, Mark Gabrenya, propertycoordinator@lexfarm.org.

End of Season Report

This summer season we truly hit our stride in the fields thanks to several staff returning, a supportive customer-base, sold out vegetable and flower CSA memberships, and favorable growing conditions. With a hard-working crew, an enthusiastic group of work-for-shares, and many devoted volunteers, we reached many milestones, including:

  • receiving organic certification in May
  • increasing our production by about 25%
  • distributing nearly $700 value of veggies in your $600 20 week share and $150 in your $100 flower share
  • taking great joy in watching you pick abundant PYO crops
  • continuing our transition from a volunteer-led to a sustainably staff-led organization
  • meeting our ambitious budgetary goals for farm production
  • and planting our first permanent roots in the ground—a healthy stock of perennial herbs and flowers.

endofseason-3Growing Season: Weather, Plant Diseases and Pests

By mid-May 2017, we had officially rebounded from last year’s drought. The 2017 growing season brought a healthy amount of rainfall, a hot May, cold June, and cool summer nights. Overall, we were relieved to have generally favorable growing conditions.

The warm early spring days yielded an abundance of broccolini for the first three weeks of your share. The plentiful rain in spring gave our allium (onions, scallions, leeks, and garlic) field a healthy start, resulting in fresh or stored onions almost every week of the CSA season. A few cold nights in early June almost knocked out our Italian eggplant, making it susceptible to flea beetle damage. The cool nights in July and August slowed the ripening of heat-loving crops like watermelons and sweet potatoes, but provided plentiful greens through the end of the CSA share. The fact that we grow over 40 varieties of crops ensures that conditions will always favor something—a great insurance policy.

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Fall Bulk Vegetable Sale — Preorder Now

bulksaleOur Pre-order for Fall Bulk Vegetable Sale is live! We are excited to offer bulk quantities of fall storage veggies for pick up October 27 and 28. Pre-ordering is required. Follow this link to find out more:
http://mailchi.mp/lex…/fall-bulk-vegetable-sale-preorder-now

Over 500 People Enjoyed the Harvest Festival

Thanks to everyone who joined us this weekend for our Harvest Festival! Special thank you to Jeff Jam, Fiddlin’ Quinn & his Big Folk Band, ButternutMagic bites bakery, and Food Link MA for being part of our celebration! It was a beautiful day to celebrate the Farm and all its bounty!

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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 and Flower Sales Ongoing!
We still have lots of seedlings and flowers available. Shop during farm stand hours or self-serve when the farm stand is closed.

Our Farm Stand is now open!
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.

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.