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Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day is still on: 1-3pm!!
Come to the farm this afternoon to celebrate our planet!
Join us for a brief farm tour/update, followed by a tree ceremony to honor our new fruit trees donated by the Medway Lions Club.
Then: help us transplant spinach, kale and other little seedlings that will be grateful to be transplanted on such a special day under such wonderful conditions (imminent rain).
We are so grateful for the rain, but in all this dry weather I’ve been thinking: we are very, very lucky. We live in a part of the world where food abounds. Shipped to us from wherever, whenever we want it – even if every farm in New England was unable to produce food this season, I doubt any one of us would starve.
It puts what I do in serious perspective.
But there are lots of places in the world, and lots of farms in the worlds where droughts are a matter of life and death - where the success and failure of their crops directly relate to their ability to survive. I hope everyone, on this Earth Day 2012, takes a moment to immerse themselves in the reality of their fortune. We all have many problems – some small and some very large, but we are also very blessed.
Enjoy the day and see you at the farm!
PS: If you haven't signed up yet for our 5k, sign up today! We are almost out of free T-shirts!
So, I own a 1953 Farm All Cub Tractor. For those of you who come to the farm - you might know it as the super rusty one. It's a great tractor: light weight, great for cultivting between rows and hilling potatoes. It saves a lot of back breaking labor and is fun to drive. Plus, it was made in a time when things were made to last. It's almost 60 years old and will probably go for another 60!
A friend took it this winter to work on the clutch - opened up the entire casing and now it "purr's like a kitten" and the clutch works great. That was awesome in an of itself - but when he brought it back to the farm I had a huge suprise waiting for me in the driveway.
So here is what it looked like old:
And here is what it looks like new:
Thank you to my friend - who painted it as a gift - it was a total surprise and and very happy way to start the season!!!!
Our first seedlings are snug in the greenhouse (at the farm, although some are still in the High School Greenhouse), and these balmy night temps (over 40!) are going to make them very happy. These little green blades of grass are actually onions!
The Old Farm House, New Farm Community Center is moving right along! Thanks so much to Tri-county high school students and their dedicated teacher! Notice the brand-new windows and doors!
The Bees even got to go out for a “cleansing flight” today! (Did you know Bees can’t fly when it’s colder than 50 – which means they can’t go to the bathroom in winter unless they get a lucky warm day. That’s a long time to hold it!)
I hope you all are enjoying these warm days as much as we are on the farm!
Did you miss out on a Summer CSA Share this year? Or maybe you want to extend your Summer Share into the Fall? You're in luck! For a limited time, Medway Community Farm is
Summer CSA Share:
Sue Smith Rorke
Friday, May 13 proved to be lucky for four Medway 4th-grade classes. Nearly 100 students and their teachers visited the Medway Community Farm on a rare warm and sunny day, as part of the “school to farm” collaboration that was first begun last year.
These 4th graders, from the Memorial School, got to work on their two garden plots, where they built raised beds for easier gardening. Local preschoolers had sowed and nurtured the seedlings that were then planted by the 4th graders. Future visits from the Memorial School students will include weeding, math activities, a story hour, and their very own farm stand.
MCF thanks Mrs. Nash, Mrs. Hickman, Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Butler, and their students, as well as Principal Leigh Ann Becker, for their support. We look forward to future collaborations!
Check out the 4th Grader's final visit with the farm:
Medway Community Farm provides eduational opportunites for Medway and the surrounding communities.If you are interested in connecting your students to Medway Community Farm in 2011 or 2012 please contact Education Chair, Deborah Kreiser-Francis, at email@example.com
Check out Medway Community Farm in action in Kate Scarlata's blog post. Meet MCF Farm Manager, Brittany Sidway and Farm Crew Member, Kevin Overshiner. Thank you, Kate!
What’s your connection to the land, food, farming, nature? Is there an experience that triggered your connection? The Farm would love to hear your Story and post it on our website! - Heather
My Story -
Donna McConnell Scott
I developed my love for gardening from my mother who could grow anything without really trying. I remember her putting in her first garden in our home in Mansfield where she toiled single handedly planting her small plot of land and the results were amazing. Her love of gardening as well as her ability to grow indoor plants inspired me as a young adult to try the same. She instilled in me a love of the land and what it could produce and the loving nature in which she cared for her plants reminded of the love she cared for her family.
Over the years I have planted a garden of some sort every spring and have loving tended it as taught by my mother. Even though I no longer live in New England, but in a high desert climate, I will still cultivate some sort of garden throughout my life. It is a life giving force that soothes and comforts ones inner soul and being. I think often of my mother when I garden and know that because of her the love of gardening has also been passed on to my son and daughter.
I admire my dauther-in-law, Heather Scott who has begun this amazing journey to start a community farm and brought her dream to frution. She is now passing that on to her daughter, Brooke.
My Story -
I didn’t grow up on a farm but I did have acres of back woods to explore in as a child. I still remember that one winter day my parents bundled themselves up in matching ski parkers and then bundled up my sister and I in ski coats and thick ski pants, hats, scarves, hand-made wool mittens and boots.
It had stopped snowing and we were ready to take a walk in the woods. Our mission? To look for animal footprints in the freshly, fallen snow. The hunt for the footprints was an adventure. It was exciting to realize a forested world of trees, birds and animals existed outside during the snow storm while we were inside our house keeping warm.
My dad led the walk and my mom took up the rear. We made sure we respected the footprint trails as we stomped through the snow that was quite deep for a six year-old and four year-old to traverse.
We saw mouse foot prints and rabbit footprints and even opposuum foot prints. We followed a footprint trail that went on and on and I remember thinking how I never wanted this day to end. Being with my family in the woods on a snowy day was well, magical. I can still remember the colors of the woods, the white snowy forest floor, the gray and brown tree trunks, the color green from the fir trees boughs and the color of red berries from bushes poking through the snow.
A connection to the land and nature was born.
Two days ago, I took my daughter who is four years-old for a walk in the winter woods. We didn’t see any footprints from animals but we did find a trickling brook with a log strategically placed so we could cross to the other side. Her trip across the log bridge was thrilling! Instead of crossing the log to head on home she pretended she forgot something so we had to cross back over. We stayed in woods for quite some time, crossing the log back and forth and back and forth. I could tell she did not want to leave. This was her place in the woods. She taught me how to throw snow into the brook and together we watched it melt. The next morning when she woke up the first thing she said was, “Remember the bridge in the woods, Mama?” “Can we go back?”.
Perhaps this was her first connection to the land and nature. I would love to hear what her Story is one day when she is old enough to reflect.
What’s your Story?
Endnote: Throughout my life additional connections to the land continued to build: a hiking trip as teen, teaching environmental education as a college student, returning to the mountains with my husband as an AMC Hut volunteer, my time working for conservation organizations and most recently my time spent at Natick Community Organic Farm where I learned a farm is great place for a community to connect to it all: the land, food, farming and nature. What a combination!