Every spring Saturday in New England should be devoted to digging in the dirt. This past weekend it seemed particularly important for some of us to come together as a community and not only dig…but plant some seeds for the future.
In our “Learn and Work: Pasture Planting” Day, we loosened up some soil at the goat yard, and planted some oats, red clover and chicory – future forage for the goats, improved soil for the earth, and renewed hope for the rest of us! LexFarm’s tagline is: “Growing Community, Community Grown” – this past weekend we did both! Happy Earth Day Every Day for Everyone!
If there were ever any doubt that LexFarm is a fun group, you only had to see us with our giant vegetables in the Patriot’s Day parade yesterday…
In addition to winning 3rd place in the Civic category, we also handed out hundreds of organic seed packets to children from “Seeds of Change“: let’s get those gardens growing! Are you someone who found this website after seeing us in the parade?
Help us Grow: Please Donate or become a Member today !
We had a great turnout and great feedback for our “Farming: Then and Now” farm history panel last Sunday. We are hoping to make it available OnDemand through LexMedia for those who missed it. Meanwhile, Carolyn Goldstein reports that the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. has launched a new initiative to collect farm history stories from around the country. These stories are part of the development of a new exhibition entitled “American Enterprise,” which will open in a few years. We hope that some Lexington farmers will participate. Spread the word by sharing this link:
Shown here is the Busa Farmily certificate of Farm War Service from WWII.
On Sunday, March 17 at 1:00 pm at Lexington High School:
We invite you to celebrate Lexington’s 300th anniversary with us during the 300th Anniversary LexCelebrate! Incorporation Weekend. LexFarm has assembled a distinguished panel of speakers to present “Farming Then and Now” – a look at agriculture in Lexington over three centuries:
Speakers will include:
• Mary Babson Fuhrer, public historian specializing in New England before the Civil War.
Read one of Ms. Fuhrer’s works online:
“From Sources to Stories: Reconstructing Revolutionary Lexington in the Classroom”
• Richard Kollen, local historian and former archivist for the Lexington Historical Society
Read essays from Mr. Kollen here, including a history of Irish farmers in Lexington
• Donald Wilson, a third-generation farmer and co-owner of Wilson Farm in Lexington.
Read about Mr. Wilson and his award for lifetime service to agriculture
• August “Gus” Schumacher, Jr., who grew up on a farm in Lexington, served as Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusettsm and currently serves on the 21st Century Sustainable Agricultural Task Force of the National Academy of Sciences.
Read “Gus Schumacher and the Future of Food” on FoodRepublic.com
Read details on our Event page . Event is FREE but seating is limited.
We enjoyed public visiting hours at the goat yard on Sunday, after holidays and weather had kept us away. Ionia and the herd enjoyed some green branches and met some new friends – those enjoying a walk on a beautiful winter’s day, along with many new “adopters”. This photo taken by Richard Jenson, of Lexington. The goat yard will continue to be open to the public for visits on Sundays from 1 – 3 pm, weather permitting, and as volunteers are available. Learn more about the LexFarm goat yard.
To further its mission to create farm-based educational opportunities, LexFarm helps care for a small herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats. Goats are ideal for teaching about sustainable land use and how farm animals make a food system complete.
You can support our work and provide a unique gift (including visits to see the goats) – by “adopting” a goat for a year.
Read more about the LexFarm goat yard and Adopt a Goat Today!
Did you ever wonder what it was like to be a farmer in Lexington at the time of the American Revolution?
Join us at Minuteman National Historic Park on Sunday, October 7, at 1:00 p.m. for a special program being presented by the National Park Service geared towards LexFarm members and friends.
This program is being offered at this time through LexFarm to support our mission for education about farms and farming. . . including farming history in Lexington!
Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Participation is FREE, but space is limited. See this page for more details and to reserve your space
LexFarm will hold public visiting hours at the goat yard this Saturday, July 14 from 10 am – noon. Come meet and greet Ionia, Sapphire, Naya, Ella and the kids, Salt and Pepper. Fun and educational for all ages…
Park at Busa Farm, 52 Lowell St, Lexington – and walk back to the red barn.
$2 per person, $5 per family
LexFarm members and Goat Adopters: FREE
Join us today at the Lexington Farmers’ Market and plant a meal!
LexFarm is sponsoring a community growing project at the Lexington Farmers’ Market on June 19 to promote vegetable growing, healthy-eating habits, and farm-based education. Plant a Meal encourages people to grow a small pot of vegetables to enjoy with their family, friends, or neighbors. Participants should BYOC— Bring Your Own Container—and LexFarm will supply the planting medium, three-seed mixes, and guidance. There will be different types of seed mixes with which growers can experiment: herbs, mixed greens, and salad.
If you don’t have time to plant a container, please stop by and learn about how you can participate in the Blue Ribbon Contests at the Lexington 300th Anniversary Country Fair in September!
“Sunset over Busa Farm” – Danielle Boudrot
As Lexington prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary, LexFarm invites all photographers to commemorate its beginnings as “Cambridge Farms” by capturing a view of five important “farm gateways” to Lexington. This photo contest will highlight the views of:
Chiesa Farm, Wright Farm, Waltham St. Farm, Wilson Farm, and Busa Farm.
Throughout the summer months of 2012, submit your photo of one of these five farm gateways to Lexington for the opportunity to win $100 for Best in Show.
For contest details, please see this page !