Seasonal Job Openings — Farm Crew & Shopkeeper

oliverLexington Community Farm Coalition has two openings for the 2016 season:

  • Part-time, seasonal farm crew member/shopkeeper (May-October)
  • Part-time, seasonal farm crew member (May-August)

For detailed job descriptions and how to apply, click here: LexFarm job posting

Farm Stand is Now Open!

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 to kick start your vegetable garden or brighten your yard with our beautiful selection of flowers. The farm stand will be open every Saturday and Sunday in May from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Every week there will be additional vegetable seedlings available as the weather warms up.

CSA Shares Almost Gone!

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Time is running out. The CSA season starts on June 1. There are less than 6 Produce shares left, all for Friday/Saturday pickup. Don’t regret that you didn’t sign up. 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.

Do it 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.

Many Thanks to all our Volunteers

volunteers3We held our first farm cleanup Sunday April 24. Dozens of volunteers, including members of Lexington High School’s Honor Society, turned up to clean up the farm stand, remove debris and make the farm a more welcoming place for visitors.

Saturday, May 8 was Yale University Service Day, and friends, families and alumni of Yale came out to the farm and got their hands dirty helping with some of the spring projects, such as transplanting onions and cleaning up the small hoop house.

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!