As our growing season comes to a close at Medway Community Farm, we're sharing a few stories of farm and mission success to and through this year. Through your generosity, our mission continues to grow and our community continues to thrive. There is perhaps no better illustration of our remarkable success than the story of Mrs. Nash and her fourth-grade class.
Eight years ago LeeAnn Nash first brought her class of fourth-grade students to the newly established Medway Community Farm. On that first visit in the fall her students rented a 10x10 plot of land, and the following spring they planted a variety of organic vegetables that became a fresh and delicious salad they enjoyed at harvest.
A few years later, Mrs. Nash's solo class was joined by two additional fourth grade classes and together they ran a Harvest Day farm stand. The following year there were four classes partnered with Medway Community Farm creating a cookbook, and a farm library of stories written by students.
Today all eight of the fourth-grade classes in Medway visit the farm during the spring to plant, maintain the garden, and harvest. There are now classroom partnered garden plots at the Lower Elementary and Middle schools as well. This remarkable eight-year transformation has provided young students the opportunity to explore interests and discover passions in agriculture, science, and environmental studies. Students from Mrs. Nash's original class are college students studying in environmental fields and active in their communities. More recent classes are Medway High School students, many of whom are regular volunteers and summer staff contributing to the farm's success. Needless to say, Mrs. Nash has been thrilled with the results:
I love hands-on learning. It instills responsibility and cooperativeness
in the children and provides them with a general sense of pride. They
work hard physically and appreciate what it takes to grow food. In
times where children don't "go outside", this is invaluable.
Emilie Infanger, 11, and her brother Alex, 13, have both experienced these hands-on learning opportunities as students working with Medway Community Farm, and to this day the impact continues to resonate. Emilie's favorite part of working at the farm with Mrs. Nash is learning how to plant and take care of vegetables, while Alex has seen how learning with the school garden plots has supported his success in science classes, especially with plant biology.
Your generosity is vital to help us continue to build these transformative relationships between students, teachers, and Medway Community Farm. Today, we ask that you consider contributing your support for the first time, or renewing your generous past support so that we can sustain and expand our programs and broaden our reach into our community. Choose a level below and make a simple, powerful statement for the future.
Thank you for your help in making this big impact a lasting legacy.
Don Franzen, Interim President, on behalf of the Board
Donate to Medway Community Farm this GivingTuesday 2016
In honor of GivingTuesday we invite you to make a substantial and tangible impact on the future of the farm and to our community. On Tuesday, November 29, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
Help us create our most successful #GivingTuesday. Contribute to our Annual Appeal by making an online, tax-deductible, donation. Choose the level that works best for you right now.$25.00 - cover the cost of a 128-plug flat of seedlings for student gardens
$50.00 - cover a family's week of vegetables donated to local Food Banks
$75.00 - cover cost of staffing at farm-to-school/school-to-farm programs
$120.00 - cover the cost of a week-long summer program for an area child
$500.00 - cover some Education Staff: 2nd, 3rd, 4th grades, summer session
$______ – choose your own level of giving - your generosity makes an enormous difference
Ask your employer. Many organizations will match your donation, which would double your contribution and impact. Please check with them so that you may leverage every action to the fullest!
Thank you for everything that you do and give in support of our Mission.
Medway Community Farm is a not-for-profit section 501(c)3 charitable organization