Construction on Winthrop St
And everywhere else!
Medway is making lots of improvements on the streets around the farm this year - making it a little hard to get here! Not to worry, the stand will be stocked on weekends when there is no construction. Also stop by after 5:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday when the construction has stopped for the day! We're having a great season with lots of great produce!
Posted by Kevin Overshiner :: Saturday, July 25 :: 4:37pm
Last week we were able to donate nearly 1000 pounds of food to the Boston Area Gleaners, a nonprofit organization that coordinates volunteers to come and harvest extra produce on farms around Boston and then distributes the produce to local food pantries. They are a fabulous organization making sure good food gets to people who need it!
We are hosting our second gleaning day on Monday, July 27th from 9am-noon. We'll be harvesting cucumber, zucchini (wear long sleeves - they are spiky), summer squash, peas and scallions. Email email@example.com to RSVP. Or just come by. Even if you can only come for an hour, your help would be greatly appreciated. Please no children under the age of 14 unless they are supervised by an adult. Parking will be by the farm stand. Check our facebook page for updates about construction and best ways to access the farm.
We also donate weekly to the Medway Food Pantry and Ashland Food Pantry. We are looking for someone who could deliver the produce on Wednesday to the Medway Pantry any time between 2:00 and 3:00pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
Brittany celebrates our largest donation since the start of the farm, 6 years ago!
Here is the letter of gratitude we received from the Boston Area Gleaners after this visit:
Thank you for taking the initiative to contact us to glean at Medway Community Farm on July 15, 2015. We were able to harvest a total of 235 pounds in 10.50 cases with the help of 3 volunteer gleaners. This donation consisted of:
Peas, sugar snap: 75 pounds in 2.50 cases.
Scallions: 160 pounds in 8.00 cases, in addition to (our estimates): cucumbers: 500 pounds in 10 cases. and summer squash/zucchini: 240 pounds in 6 cases.
Your timely and generous donation will help nourish many hungry families in the greater Boston area. Most of this load will go to our distribution partners, Food For Free in Cambridge and the Greater Boston Food Bank, and they in turn will distribute the produce among 600+ pantries, shelters and meal programs in and around Boston.
Fresh produce is one of the first items people have to forgo when they become food insecure. But it is probably the most important part of anyone's diet in order to remain healthy. These choices especially impact the elderly and the young. According to Project Bread, Massachusetts has one of the widest income gaps in the nation (tied with Arizona for first place), and more people in the Boston area are food insecure now than at any time since this data has been recorded (2013 Status Report on Hunger).
With your donation of fresh produce, you helped us put a significant dent in those figures, and, with your continued support, we will continue to build this important new supply chain that enables the recovery of fresh nutritious produce from the waste stream and redirecting it to our neighbors in need in the Boston area.
To the Harvest!
Duck Caldwell, Executive Director
Matt Crawford and Dylan Frazier, Gleaning Coordinators
Posted by Kevin Overshiner :: Sunday, June 28 :: 9:01pm
Follow this link to check out the newsletter! As soon as I figure out how I'll make the whole thing available right away so you don't have to click through. Worth the dig though! Lots of fun information and great pictures.
Here's the sample to get you to click through, more where this came from!