Earlier this year, I was fortunate to visit and do a soil test at Oxford Farm, a relatively new project (started in 2018!) begun by Theresa Cohen, someone who has for many years been studying and supporting cutting edge enterprises seeking to increase nutrition in foods and to help humans relate beneficially with the land … Continue reading Working with animals on the farm
"Sometimes I wish a school bus full of volunteers would pull into the farm and offer to help," said one tired family farmer to another. theMOVE is a new organization with a mission and work that will make just about every farmer I know smile, including the one mentioned above. theMOVE organizes and leads reflective … Continue reading Connecting to the Source: theMOVE
A friend asked me why I love to farm. I love farming because it's hard (physically) and challenging (intellectually) and it's political and social and fun (except when it's snowing, and then it's an adventure). Unlike so many other occupations where compromises must be made, organic farming is totally consistent with my most deeply held … Continue reading Why Farm?
The holiday was, and for many still is, a festival of the hearth and home, and a celebration of the lengthening days and the early signs of spring. Crocuses are coming up in my home garden. Or maybe they are snowdrops. Seedlings are sprouting and seed orders have been placed. Kids and lambs are being … Continue reading Imbolc
What: A CSA Farm Share Fair in Arlington! CSA farmers will be on hand to tell you how their CSA works, what they are growing this year and how you can get a share of their harvest.When: Thursday, February 25, 6:00-7:30 PMWhere: 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA at the Park Avenue Congregational Church in … Continue reading Save the date! Spread the word!
Michael Pollan's Six Rules for Eating Wisely.Twenty more of his favorites, including "Don't eat egg salad from a vending machine."
I've not yet figured out how to cook for myself as much as I'd like during the growing season. I'm surrounded by all those lovely vegetables day-in and day-out, but just can't find the time or energy to cook much. It doesn't help that since I've begun farming I've become a bit of a food … Continue reading Nourish
One hundred and ninety winter shareholders took part in the Belmont CSA's Winter Ride Share program. These folks walked, biked, car pooled, participated in driving cooperatives or had their CSA share delivered by the New Amsterdam Project. That's 190 shareholders out of 300 total for a whopping 63% of shareholders. Wow. Everyone -- yes, every … Continue reading And the winners are ….
You know those wooden boxes that grapes are shipped in? The boxes that are the perfect size for displaying CSA veggies? The boxes that, when spiffed up a bit, make really nice containers for tomatoes sold to high end retail shops? Well, I was driving home from the farm tonight and spotted at least 75 … Continue reading I love other people’s garbage
Every week I read two farm newsletters, those of Waltham Fields Community Farm and Brookfield Farm. The essays written by farmers Amanda Cather (Waltham) and Dan Kaplan (Brookfield) are inspiring and educational. I also like to visit the Boston Localvore site to see what they're up to. With some trepidation, I read Veggie Notes, the … Continue reading Recommended Summer Reading