2017 CSA Shares Available Soon
2017 CSA share registration will be available soon. Spring Share is 8 weeks beginning in late April. Summer full and partial shares run 16 weeks, and the Fall share is 5 pickups over 10 weeks. Watch also for new PYO options and news.
All Vegetable Share Memberships include Friend of the Farm Benefits.
Posted by Marcia Coakley :: Saturday, December 17 :: 9:03pm
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
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.
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.
II 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
You can contact Katie at email@example.com 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!
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.
We look forward to sharing the 2017 season with you.
Posted by Marcia Coakley :: Sunday, November 20 :: 10:57pm
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.
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.