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Posted 12/17/2016 9:03pm by Marcia Coakley.

As we reach the end of the CSA and the growing season we also reach completion for our 2016 Farm Manager, Kevin Overshiner. 


Winter Wheat at light speed in honor of Rogue One

From Kevin's December Newsletter: "I am proud of what we were able to do with our hard working crew and the tools we had to get the job done. In the midst of this wacky season we managed to build a 2,500 square foot greenhouse, a new farm stand, a walk in cooler (almost done...), we bought a new tractor, etc. It's been a productive capital building year for the farm.

I was wary of how I would manage without Brittany to run the show, as you may know
she left MCF at the end of last season after a successful but tumultuous run as the founding farmer. She had a monumental undertaking to start this farm on a shoe-string, while also building education programming and manufacturing the farm's image. She's taught me most of what I know about what we do, and maybe more importantly, about how to work hard. I am grateful for her support and mentorship, which has allowed me to run the farm in her absence. 

The new 26' x 96' High Tunnel for Extended Season Greens Production

MCF has grown up a lot since Brittany first started growing vegetables on these bare hay-fields in 2010. She did much of what we now use machinery for by hand, and without the infrastructure or land base we have now. She started with $5,000 of donated input and grew the organization to an annual budget of about $200,000 in just 5 years, while never running a deficit. Not bad. We owe a lot to her hard work and dedication to build the farm to the point where it can be passed on to a new wave of folks willing to take the baton.

         
The New Farm Stand at 50 Winthrop Street (rear) 

Since she first broke ground, with her help we've managed to secure a lease at two additional fields, growing the acreage from 1.5 to 6 acres, grown the CSA from 100 to more than 250 families, established a relationship with Restaurant 45 on their weekly specials menu, reestablished the Medway Farmer's Market, donated $5000 of vegetables annually to the Medway Food Pantry, built or acquired all the farm infrastructure you've seen, and grown a lot of vegetables for us to munch on.


  The New Walk in Cooler Under Construction 

I will be leaving MCF at the end of December to join Brittany at Upswing Farm in Ashland, near the Ashland State Park. Though I have enjoyed piggy-backing on her success here at MCF, I feel I have ensured that MCF will be stable for the future, and it is time for me to commit to our family farm and ensure that we have a place in the community for a long time to come. We have a baby due in January and will be undertaking a daring attempt to preserve farmland that was previously destined for development at a price tag of $2.5 million. Woof.

We will be working closely with conservation groups and the towns of Ashland and Holliston (the property bridges both towns) to preserve the farmland originally cultivated by Charlie Nickerson of Out Post Farm, who still lives on site. The current owners of Out Post Farm chose to move to a different field down the street, so the fields were opened up to Brit. If you'd like to learn a little more about the farm, and keep in touch with us farmers, you can find us at Upswing Farm, or follow us on Facebook, and on Instagram @upswingfarm.

I wish MCF lots of luck in its future. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the community and build a vegetable farm with Brittany. Thank you to all those who lent a hand or support along the way, you are appreciated and not forgotten. Remember to always support your local farms, they are an important cornerstone of the local economy, and their strength benefits us all. There are a lot of folks who live out here, so having more farms is a good thing, the saturation point is a long way away!"

– Kevin Overshiner

                                       So long folks!

 


 

Katie Bekel, Assistant Farm Manager of 2016 Takes the Helm for 2017 as the Incoming MCF Farm Manager 

Katie has a year of experience here at MCF and has worked on a number of other farms in the area: with Waltham Fields, Canaan Farm, Groundwork Lawrence, the Food Project, and Lindentree Farm. She is enthusiastic about taking on the Manager role, hard working, and invested in the community.

If you haven't already met her, make it a point to stop by the farm next season and give her a thumbs up and show of support. No matter how much infrastructure a farm has, it's never an easy job. Good Luck, Katie Bekel!

You can contact Katie at katie.bekel@medwaycommunityfarm.org with any questions.

A Special Thank You to our Most Steadfast Volunteers 

Katie managed the volunteer activity here at the farm this year and we take a moment to thank those volunteers who donated 10+ hours of their time to the farm in 2016.

Especial thanks to Jeanne Raffa, Nancy Ross, Lori Franzen, Maria Kempner, Sam Herren, Kelly Sabini, and Jenny Mendez-Isenburg. I hope we didn't forget anyone! 
 
And thank you to everyone else who has contributed their time and efforts (in the dirt and elsewhere), in the farm stand, at events, at the schools and with our education programming at the farm, too. We can't do it without you. And thank you, too, for sharing the good word about us to your friends, and beyond. There are still folks in town who don't yet know about Medway Community Farm. Spread the news!

Annual Appeal

If you haven't yet made a final 2016 tax-deductible contribution to the Medway Community Farm Annual Appeal now is a wonderful time to make a huge difference in our farm and community's future.

"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..." Read More



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More to Come in 2017 

Keep in touch to learn more about what's to come with education programming, community events, and more in 2017.
As always, thank you for your support.

                               Happy Holidays!
      We look forward to sharing the 2017 season with you.


                             www.medwaycommunityfarm.org

 


 

Posted 11/20/2016 10:57pm by Marcia Coakley.

                                                                                                 
    Dear Friends,


    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 now 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.


    Thank you for your help in making this big impact a lasting legacy.

    Best,
    Don Franzen, Interim President, on behalf of the Board                                   
Donate to Medway Community Farm: Giving Tuesday 2016


    In honor of Giving Tuesday, we invite you to make a substantial and tangible impact on the future of the farm and in 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 a level that works best for you right now.

$25.00 – provide a 128-plug flat of seedlings for student gardens

$50.00 – provide a family a week's vegetables donated to local Food Banks

$75.00
 – provide staffing for our farm-to-school/school-to-farm programs

$120.00
– provide a summer program week to an area child

$500.00
support Education Staff for 2nd/3rd/4th grades/summer programs

$______
 – choose your own level of giving for the most impact possible

    And 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.





 

Posted 10/2/2016 4:28pm by Kevin Overshiner.

Over two hundred people (all ages!) rode the hay rides with Farm Manager Kevin Overshiner and Assistant Farm Manager Katie Bekel taking turns at the wheel. Wow!

What a glorious Fall day! All enjoyed great activities, fun music with the always enjoyable Little Jed and the Phat Daddies from Millis, nature crafts, fabulous (professionally done) face painting, pony and mini-train rides (thank you to Newfound Farm from Holliston), honey from our Farm hives with Nancy Ann's Honey, gifts, snacks, and lots of veggies at our pop-up market.

Thinking about a Fall Share? There a few Thursday pick-up slots still available. Starts October 11th & 13th, with five pick-ups, every two weeks. Also Egg Shares, and Mushroom Shares (NEW!) available. 
Check it out. Click the link on the left!

Thank you for your support and we look forward to another year to come with our friends and neighbors visiting and helping move our Mission forward. Thank you also to all of the wonderful volunteers who made the day possible.

 

 

 

Posted 9/5/2016 7:20pm by Kevin Overshiner.

Little Jed and the Phat Daddies will be back again with fabulous music and entertainment on Sunday, September 25th for the Medway Community Farm Fall Festival from 12- 4.

Save the date for the Medway Community Farm Fall Festival! MCF will be hosting our annual Fall Festival Sunday, September 25 with a variety of activities for children of all ages, including tractor and pony rides, crafts, races, face painting, as well as farm-grown produce, local treats, yummy specials from the Pangea Cuisine food truckand other seasonal refreshments for purchase.

This is always a fun event and we hope you will join us! Tell your neighbors, bring your friends.

Soon the installation of our new, self-guided walking tour of the Farm will be complete and ready for you to stroll all around our main location. Each of the 15 stops along the way provides information about aspects of our community farm: the history of the Farm and education about our agricultural mission, resources, and practices are included. Check it out, beginning at the big sign near the Farm Stand.

See you this Sunday, on a beautiful Fall day.

 

 

 

Posted 7/27/2016 11:38pm by Kevin Overshiner.




2016 Farm to Fork Fundraiser Dinner


Again this year we are collaborating with Krista Maloney, Medway resident, Medway Community Farm CSA member, gourmet chef, and owner of Sweet Pea's Catering, to create a fresh and fabulous event that will highlight the delectable potential of the summer's bounty.  

The evening will include passed appetizers, beer tasting provided by Peak Organic Brewery, wine, family style meal, live music with hot band~Worcester-based Hip Swayers, coffee provided by Red Barn Coffee Roasters, and a dessert buffet.

Linger over s’mores around the fire.   

Held among the old apple and beech trees on our farm, just steps from the field where the produce we will be serving is growing, the setting provides a romantic and nostalgic feeling that is not to be missed. Come be inspired, and support our mission of food, education, and community.

This is a night of indulgence that you can feel really good about...invite your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. 


Saturday, August 20th
6:00-10:00 pm at Medway Community Farm 


Tickets are $100 per person. A portion of the purchase price will benefit the education and community missions of MCF and you will receive a receipt reflecting your donation to our 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 

Reserve Tickets

   Presenting our local, seasonal menu for the  

  Farm to Fork Dinner  
All produce for this meal is sourced from our Farm

Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres:
Potato latkes with creme fraiche and green onion
Cantaloupe skewers and blue cheese drizzled with grapefruit white balsamic or beet and goat cheese skewers with a fig balsamic
Turkey and zucchini burgers with green onion and cumin
Eggplant ricotta nests with red pepper tomato salsa

Plated First Course:
Provencal stuffed tomato over field greens, shaved Parmesan Reggianno and toasted pine nuts drizzled with white truffle oil

Family Style:
Slow roasted chicken and potatoes over green lentils and basmati rice

Mixed vegetables and Greek yogurt with green chili herb oil
Crushed carrots with harissa and pistachios
Chopped Israeli salad of cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, red onions, calamata olives and feta with a light lemon vinaigrette

Dessert Buffet:
Carrot cake with a lemon verbena marscapone cream
Zucchini cobbler bars
Grilled stone fruit with orange blossom water
Coffee & Tea  

Make your own s’mores around the campfire
~~~

Reserve Tickets


Hailing from the hills of West Tatnuck, the Hip Swayers are a good time, get up and dance band. Their music combines tight rhythms, searing solos and soulful harmonies in an eclectic mix of catchy originals, old time country, and twangy, reverb-soaked surf that keeps your toes tapping and your hips swaying!

"These performers from Worcester, Massachusetts are not to be missed! A bit of Hank Williams sensibility, Carter/Cash authenticity, and infectious personality." - Music Editor, San Francisco's City Guide


 

 

 

 

Posted 7/25/2016 6:27pm by Kevin Overshiner.

Dear Everyone,

It is regrettable that someone took the drop safe from the Medway Community Farm stand. We have reported the incident to the Medway Police Department and are cooperating fully with their investigation.   

We remain steadfast in our commitment to meeting our goals of serving our community, providing food and education.  

We are very grateful for the continued strong support that we receive from our community each and every day. 

Sincerely,
Kathleen Yorkis
President 
Medway Community Farm
Food, Community, Education

 ~~~~~

Update: New Honor System Lockbox installed. Thank you to everyone for your continued support.

Posted 6/6/2016 4:05pm by Kevin Overshiner.
Dig it! What week(s) are a good fit for YOUR kids at our Medway Community Farm summer programs? Register today with Medway Community Education.
 
#‎funonthefarm (grades K-5)
#‎farmerintraining (grades 6-8)
 
Posted 3/14/2016 11:45am by MCF Board.

 

Medway Community Farm, Inc.
50 Winthrop Street 
Medway, MA 02053

 

Medway Community Farm Inc. is a non-profit farm on town-land in Medway, Massachusetts with 6 acres in vegetable production. MCF uses non-certified organic methods, to manage a diverse vegetable operation that produces food for Spring, Summer and Fall - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares. Other activities include a farm stand, a local farmer’s market, sales of produce to a local restaurant, and donations to a local food pantry. We offer a variety of educational programs, community events and volunteer opportunities for the public.



Spring Share begins April 26th (sold out). 

Have you 
registered for your Summer

(and Fall!) Shares?

 

Summer Full & Partial Shares, 15-16 Weeks beginning June 20th, 
every week, choose a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday Pick Up


A few Full and Partial Summer Shares still available.

Register today. Sign up here.

Click here for more MCF CSA information



 

 

Posted 1/27/2016 9:14pm by Marcia Coakley.
Dear Medway Community Farm Friends and Supporters,
 
It is with pride and pleasure that we present the 2015 Annual Report for the Medway Community Farm. We are fortunate to have enjoyed another fabulous year harvesting amazing produce, sponsoring exciting events, and providing inspiring educational programs. We are extremely grateful to our many supporters who purchased shares and products, volunteered, and visited MCF. 
 
We acknowledge the devotion and hard work of our founding farmer, Brittany Sidway Overshiner and wish her every success and happiness as she moves on to new opportunities in her career. Brittany's enthusiasm is contagious and she has inspired many people of all ages. We shall miss Brittany greatly and we thank her for all that she has given to all of us, and for her contributions and efforts that have made Medway Community Farm a success.
 
Happily, Kevin Overshiner will continue as our Farm Manager and we applaud him for leading such a bountiful and extremely successful 2015 season. We look forward to an even more exciting 2016. Thank you, Kevin!

We also recognize the service and leadership of Jeanne Raffa who, as a Member of the Board of Directors and President, served from 2011 to 2015. We salute Jeanne for her hard work and steadfast dedication to MCF.
 
Another very devoted member of the Board of Directors, Joel Morgenstern, resigned from the Board and his leadership responsibilities in November. We recognize Joel for his many years of service, contributions to MCF, and for sharing his expertise.
 
At the December meeting of the Board of Directors, Kathleen Yorkis was elected President, and Marcia Coakley was elected ClerkCarol Collord continues as Treasurer, and Julie Infanger and Devon Reed serve as Members of the Board of Directors
 
As you read our Annual Report please feel free to reach out to us with ideas, suggestions, and feedback. There are many opportunities for your participation with our Farm organization and we look forward to connecting with you this year.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, our Farm Manager, and the entire farm staff, we wish you an excellent 2016 and we hope that you will make MCF an important part of your year.

Most sincerely,
Kathleen L. Yorkis
 
President
MCF Board of Directors
 
 
 




We want to hear from you!

Do you love Medway Community Farm and want to help it grow? Give us your feedback and help us look toward the future. We want to make MCF the best possible version of a community farm and opportunities to participate (on many levels) await you!

MCF Board of Directors


Posted 9/18/2015 5:36am by Brittany Sidway Overshiner.

(An excellent opportunity to complete your CSA volunteer-hours!)  

The Fall Festival is a great family activity for participants, but also a great volunteer activity for families!  We need help setting up, running and taking down our event on Sunday, September 27th at the Farm (50 Winthrop St).  We are happy to accept help from all ages (we’ve had lots of parents enjoy volunteering with their middle school and high school aged kids!).  An adult should accompany anyone under the age of 14.  Sign up for multiple shifts or just one shift and then enjoy the Festival!  

Saturday Farm Clean Up/Fall Festival Set Up!  

9am-Noon: Help us complete our clean-up/preliminary set-up to-so list!  

Sunday, Fall Festival  

10am-Noon: Set-Up, 10 volunteers  

11:30-2:00: Running Events/Crafts, General Help, 16 volunteers  

1:50-4:10: Running Events/Crafts, General Help, 16 volunteers  

4:00-6:00: Clean Up! As much help as we can get!!!  

Email volunteer@medwaycommunityfarm.org, to sign up!   Please forward to anyone you know who might be interested in volunteering!

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