Lexington Community Farm is located at 52 Lowell Street in Lexington, MA next to the Arlington Reservoir.
The farm is about 7.5 acres with a small farm stand, a glass greenhouse and a hoophouse. The Town of Lexington owns the property and is leasing it to Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm) to operate it as a community farm. It is on the site of the former Busa Farm, operated by the Busa family for many years.
Meet Our Farmers!
Tim Hines, Farm Manager
Tim joined Lexington Community Farm for the 2015 growing season. Tim comes from a background of land stewardship, environmental restoration, and horticulture. Before LexFarm, he worked as a member of the farm 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.
LexFarm’s use of land that has been in agriculture for over 100 years and the challenge of transition to organic methods has been extremely interesting work. Gradually increasing production, improving infrastructure, creating management strategies and farm systems– all while trying to remain available to customers and neighbors to answer questions and build community has been a fun balancing act. The overwhelming community support makes it all possible and adds meaning for Tim, who enjoys the interactions and cares significantly about honoring the longstanding agricultural history of the farm and making LexFarm an inclusive resource for the community.
Elena Colman, Field Manager
Elena started farming vegetables in 2006 as a summer job at Brigham Farm in Concord, MA. It didn’t take long before she fell in love with farming and began her never-ending quest for “the perfect season.”
After realizing this was the career for her, Elena started and managed Crooked Row Fields, a three-season vegetable farm in Concord, with her partner in 2013. In Spring of 2016 Elena joined LexFarm as the Assistant Farm Manager, excited to learn about growing on a larger scale with bigger infrastructure as part of a wider community. In her first year she has enjoyed crop planning and harvesting for 200 CSA members, learning how to troubleshoot the greenhouse furnace in the middle of the night in March, seeing boxes of beautiful produce waiting to be picked up and distributed by the food rescue program, and working with a fantastic group of volunteers.
Having taken for granted that she grew up in a town with twenty diverse farms, Elena is most excited about being a part of LexFarm’s mission to continue as a working farm, given that this is one of the last farms remaining so close to the city.