We are thrilled to introduce and welcome the farmers for Lexington Community Farm, Erinn and Dan Roberts, who bring their organic farming experience from Waltham Fields Community Farm to Lexington.
Dan Roberts did his first year-long apprenticeship on a small, family farm in northern California in the summer of 2003. Since 2008, he has been working for Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF) and for the last several years has run the Food Access programming there. During his time at WFCF, he developed a keen interest not only in growing food but in the machines that we as farmers rely on and loves tinkering with the old tractors that make his job easier. Dan has also spent many years working in restaurant kitchens, enjoying having a hand in every aspect of food production.
In his spare time, Dan is an avid baker, runner, cyclist and musician and a passionate eater of all foods. He is looking forward to the opportunity to lend his years of experience to the effort to create a thriving community farm here in Lexington.
Erinn Roberts first started farming ten years ago, in the arid foothills of the Sierra Nevadas alongside her future husband Dan working for an amazing husband-wife team who have been advocates of organic growing since the 70s. They worked long hours, picking and weeding through the 110 degree days and making flower bouquets and packing vans late into the night for 4 a.m. drives to market. Over the subsequent years, she spent time on a small family-run CSA farm outside of Portland, Oregon; helped run a farm-based education program on a beautiful creekside acre of land; maintained demonstration raised beds for a hunger relief non-profit & volunteered at food bank gardens. She moved back to the East Coast six years ago and has been working at Waltham Fields Community Farm ever since. At Waltham, she’s had the fantastic experience of working alongside talented and inspiring farmers within a strong and vibrant organization.
In her spare time, Erinn enjoys reading, running, eating ice cream and dreaming about being on the beach. As an old woman, she imagines herself never leaving it, mastering Tibetan language and crosswords all from the comfort of a beach chair under an umbrella. Until then, she loves having hands that make her young nieces and nephews question why they’re so dirty.