The Farm Stand is Open!

IMG_1487We are so excited about the season opening of our farm stand, Wednesday, June 10! Jaclyn, our new farm stand manager, has been hard at work sourcing the best local products to stock the stand with. We are committed to supporting local foodcrafters and farmers, so everything you buy in the stand this season will be from the great state of Massachusetts!

We are expanding the range of products in the stand, with exciting new offerings like organic pizza dough, non-GMO tortillas and chips, freshly made salsas, a larger selection of locally produced cheeses, and plenty of fantastic pantry staples and snacks. Another new item in the stand will be ice cream! We’ll be selling locally produced ice cream in containers and individually wrapped treats and sandwiches, which will be great for enjoying on a hot summer’s day!IMG_1482

The farm stand will be open Wednesday through Friday from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 9am-4pm, and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Come on out to the farm stand and support local food!

Lexington Field and Garden Club Garden Tour 2015

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“Inspirational Gardens of Lexington—A Tour” is Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 10 AM to 4 PM, rain or shine. Tickets for this biennial event are for sale through the Garden Shop at Wilson Farm and at the Lexington Visitors Center, 1875 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. Tickets cost $20 for advance purchase, and $25 on the day of tour. Proceeds from “Inspirational Gardens” support the plantings of traffic islands, park lands and public spaces in Lexington.  Visit www.LexGardenClub.org

Seedlings For Sale!

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Every weekend during the month of May, vegetable seedlings and flowers grown in our greenhouse will be for sale at the farm stand.  The farm stand will be open Saturdays and Sundays only from 9 am to 4 pm.

There are still some CSA (Community Support Agriculture) shares available for this summer.  Pickup starts the week of June 10.  For full details and to signup, check the LexFarm website:  http://lexfarm.org/csa

 

Calling All Volunteers!

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Farm Clean-up Day

Please join us Saturday, April 18th from 9 am – 1pm for a spring clean-up day on the farm.  Come any time for as long as you can stay.  Wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes and bring work gloves and water.  We would like to get a count of volunteers, so please sign up here.

Drop-in Hours

Our drop-in volunteer hours are a perfect way to get your hands dirty without a formal commitment.  No need to register; just dress comfortably, bring along some water and drop on in.

Right now our drop-in hours are Wednesday morning from 9 am to noon.

Additional days, starting May 1, are:

  • Thursday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30pm
  • Saturday mornings from 9am – noon

Behind-the-Scenes Work

Our volunteer opportunities do not stop there!  If you would like to help in some of the behind-the-scenes work of LexFarm, we have many opportunities. We are looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles from administrative to website development, from event planning to fundraising.  If you have a particular skill or interest, we can find the perfect role for you!  Please send an email to volunteer@lexfarm.org or sign up here.

 

The LexFarm Benefit Yoga class is coming up this Saturday from 2 – 3 PM at Black Crow Yoga at 201 Broadway in Arlington. There is still time to sign up!  All proceeds will go to LexFarm! Whether you are seasoned yoga student or new to yoga, this class is for you!

This one-hour gentle yoga class will be led by Keith Herndon.  Keith is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and a LexFarm member. He leads classes at Black Crow and for the Lexington Recreation Department.

Sign up online at www.blackcrowyoga.com/pages/happenings or call Keith for more information at 781-863-9998.

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Black Crow offers dynamic vinyasa flow yoga, music to connect us on and off our mats, and a welcoming community spirit. Whether you’re looking to get fit, relieve stress and anxiety, increase strength and flexibility, or enhance mental clarity, yoga will help.

Welcome New Farm Manager Tim Hines!

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Lexington Community Farm’s new Farm Manager, Tim Hines, comes from a background of environmental restoration and land stewardship. He worked most recently as a member of the farm management team at The Trustees of Reservation’s Moraine Farm in Beverly. After working with organizations like the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service on various ecological restoration projects, Tim became deeply interested in the social, economic, and environmental forces governing resource management, land use, and food systems.

Tim is extremely excited to find creative solutions to these complex issues at Lexington Community Farm. He feels that the farm has great potential as a source of sustainable and healthy food production, a teaching tool, and a place for the community to come together.  Tim looks forward to the challenge of learning about the land, honoring its deep agricultural history, and educating the community about sustainable farming and healthy food.

Tim enjoys working in the field with volunteers and helping them realize their “soul” vegetable–the vegetable most representative of their personality—as well as sharing cheesy jokes!

Come meet Tim at the LexFarm annual meeting on March 22.

2015 CSA Shares Now For Sale

CSA-BoardThank you for your patience!  We are excited to announce the details for the 2015 CSA offering at Lexington Community Farm.

We will be cover cropping about half of Lexington Community Farm to enrich and renew the soil. Because the farm will not be in full production during the 2015 season, we have signed an agreement with Bruce and Jenny Wooster at Picadilly Farm in Winchester, NH, to supply the core of our CSA shares for this season.  All of Picadilly’s produce is certified organic.  We are in the process of hiring a farmer to manage the cover crops and to grow “Pick Your Own” (PYO) crops on the farm in Lexington, which will also be part of the Lexington Community Farm CSA share.  We plan to return to CSA production on Lexington Community Farm in the future, but we are excited to provide this high-quality CSA from Picadilly with PYO from LexFarm in the interim.

Produce ($550) and/or PYO Flower ($100) shares are currently available.  Full details along with Frequently Asked Questions can be found on our website.  In the first week, over one-third of the shares sold, so if you are interested in participating this year, don’t delay and sign up now.

Lexington Seed Library

unnamedAs the Lexington Seed Library gets ready to launch, Cary Memorial Library is hosting speaker Christie Higginbottom, expert garden consultant and plant historian, on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. Christie Higginbottom will speak on the importance of saving local heirloom seeds. Higginbottom has worked at Old Sturbridge Village, creating period gardens and preserving heirloom plants, and is a recipient of the Thalassa Cruso Award from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

This event will take place in the Large Meeting Room of Cary Memorial Library and is open to all. No registration required.

The Lexington Seed Library is a collaborative effort of Lexington Community Farm, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington Public Schools, and the Lexington Field and Garden Club. For more information, visit http://carylibrary.org/lexington-seed-library or contact the seed library at lexingtonseedlibrary@lexfarm.org.

Happy New Year from LexFarm!

2015 promises to be an exciting year at Lexington Community Farm with many new faces! We hope you will join us in our second year as a nonprofit community farm…as we continue to care for the land with sustainable agriculture , and care for our community through education, volunteering and joining together on the farm.

If you are interested in our 2015 CSA program, please be sure to get on our waiting list so you’ll hear the details first.

If you are not yet a LexFarm member, please join us today!

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving 2014We wish to express our many thanks to the farm and farm stand crew, members, volunteers, donors, neighbors, and friends who all contributed to a wonderful first season on the farm!

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