Our Values and History
Who is the Medway Community Farm (MCF)?
The farm is an active producer of fresh, organically-grown food for Medway and the surrounding area
The farm is a non-profit organization, representative of and supported by the community it serves and committed to giving back
The farm is a dedicated provider of high-quality hands-on educational programs to both children and adults
What are the shared values of MCF as an organization?
The farm is committed to promoting consciousness of our food system
The farm seeks to provide a variety of opportunities for individuals to engage with the production of food they eat
The farm is dedicated to environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture
The farm respects and values diversity of opinions, perspectives, and backgrounds
The farm strives to always communicate fairly and openly with our community
Medway Community Farm, Inc. (MCFI) is a registered 501(c)3 charity. MCFI leases 7 acres and the dwellings at 50 Winthrop Street from the Town of Medway beginning in 2009. MCFI does not receive financial support from the Town. Our Board of Directors and Staff oversee Farm Operations, Education Programming and Fundraising Efforts.
Medway Community Farm, began as a grassroots effort and continues to be successful with the support of volunteers, sponsors, customers and donors.
The "initiative" to bring a community farm to Medway started in December 2007. In March 2008, the initiative gained 60 supporters and by November 2008 gained support at Town Meeting, where the Town voted to change the "use" at 50 Winthrop Street (a parcel of land bought with Community Preservation Funds) from "open space" to "open space with an agriculture and educational use"; folllowed by an RFP process.
Today Medway Community Farm has thousands of supporters who participate in our CSA, farm stand, farmers markets, education programs, volunteer opportunities and community events.
For a behind the scenes look, please scroll down to see how the farm has grown from concept to part-time community farm to a full-time, diversified farm operation.
2007 Pre-Town Approval
Community Farm Initiative shares the community farm concept with the Community Preservation Committee
2008 Pre- Town Approval
Town of Medway votes to purchase 50 Winthrop Street for the protection of Open Space with Community Preservation Funds
Community Farm Initiative discusses the community farm concept with Town Committees
Press Release is submitted in response to Boston Globe (Metro West) inquiry
Community Farm Initiative performs site walk at 50 Winthrop Street
Community Farm Initiative holds public meeting at Senior Center
Community Farm Initiative meets with Board of Selectmen and listens to concerns
Community Farm Initiatve gives tour of local CSA farms to Board of Selectmen
Community Farm Initiative submits answers to Board of Selectmen questions
Board of Selectmen approve community farm concept as a "proposed use for 50 Winthrop Street"
Board of Selectmen host Public Hearing for discussion of proposed uses at 50 Winthrop Street
Special Town Meeting Article: 26 (to change land use to agriculture and education) is passed
Community Farm Initiative established 501(c)(3) non-profit, Medway Community Farm, Inc.
2009 Post Town Approval
Town of Medway posts RFP for 50 Winthrop Street
Medway Community Farm, Inc. submits proposal
Town accepts MCFI's proposal contingent on Conservation Commission approval
MCFI sumbits NOI Application to the Conservation Commission
MCFI submits RDA Applicaton to the Conservation Commission
MCFI receives Town of Medway Conservaton Commission approval.
MCFI receives IRS 501 (c)(3) Tax Exempt Status
Mr. Briggs of Shady Oaks Farms turns the land.
MCFI hosts "Toast to the Farm!"
MCFI hosts First Annual Public Meeting.
Wellesley College Students visit the Farm and "learn from the land".
MCFI winterizes the Farmhouse.
MCFI's "Gingerbread Farm" is on display at the Medway Public Library.
MCFI submits (2) Grant Proposals
MCFI establishes "Donate Online" Pay Pal Feature on Website
2010 Milestones as a Part-time Community Farm
January - May 2010
Submitted (7) grant applications
MCFI begins Farm Manager Networking/Interview Process
MCFI evaluates Fundraising Status to determine Farm Mangement Plan for 2010
MCFI meets with Farming Advisory Board and Non-Profit Consultant to identify Farm Management Plan options for 2010
Hired part-time Farm Manager, Brittany Sidway to grow food on 1/4 acre
Held community outreach meeting gained (24) MCF Volunteers
Took down and disposed of dilapidated barn so public has access to open space
purchased with Community Preservation Comittee funds
Held three Farm Workshops:
Composting Workshop; How to Make Garden Beds; How to Build Potato Beds
Medway Community Farm first Annual 5K Run/Walk hosts 200 participants!
Planted Seeds and Seedlings // 50 Volunteers logged in 150 hours!
Dug and replaced water line so 50 Winthrop Street has access to water
Collaborated with Medway Continuing Education to provide (2) Spring Classes:
Food for Thought; Let's Clean Naturally
Established 4th Grade "School to Farm" project
Established Middle School Green Team "School to Farm" project
Built Farm Stand
June- Oct 2010
Harvested and sold food for farm stand, farmers market
Received funding from the Nickelodeon- Big Help Grant for the Green Team "School to Farm" project
July - August 2010
Donated food to Medway Food Pantry
Collaborated with Medway Library // 4-H Summer Science Program
Hired Brittany Sidway as full-time Farm Manager for 2011
Established "After School Program for Middle Schoolers" at the Farm
Farm Fall Potluck!
Now On Sale! 2011 CSA Food Shares, 2011 Flower Shares, 2011 Garden Plots
MCF purchases greenhouse and will collaborate with the Medway Middle School Green Team
to plant the Farm's starts.
Collaborated with Medway Continuing Education to provide (2) Fall Classes:
Beatrix Potter Nature/Art; Build Your Own Terrarium
Offered (2) Fall Workshops at the Farm: How to Grow Garlic, Put your Garden to Rest
October 17, 2010
Fall Festival Fundraiser at the Farm
October 30, 2010
Whole Foods Fundraiser. Shop at Whole Foods/Support the Farm!
MCF Farm Manager, Brittany Sidway, puts 2010 Gardens to bed and prepares for the 2011 Season!
The Town of Medway voted in favor to allocate $50,000 of Community Preservation Funds to fund house repairs for the Town owned structure at 50 Winthrop Street. The Town of Medway and Medway Community Farm have collaborated with Tri-County Regional Technical School to perform the house repairs which include new roof, windows, siding, updating electric and plumbing. Goals for the house include providing a caretaker unit for MCF Farm Manager, Brittany Sidway and making the house handicap accessible to the public.
MCF receives grant funding from New England Grassroots Environment Fund
MCF has purchased a tractor to turn the land this Spring. A farm supporter has provided the Farm with a no interest loan and instead of repayment has asked Medway Community Farm to forward annual payments in lieu of a donation to the Carrot Project, an organization that creates financing solutions for small and mid-sized farms.
December 7, 2010
Medway Community Farm / Annual Public Meeting/ 7:00pm / Medway Public Library
2011 Milestones as a Full-time Community Farm
MCF submits (2) grant applications for the 2011 grant cycle.
Medway Community Farm hosts, Film Festival Fundraiser, screening of King Corn.
Medway Community Farm is on display at the Medway Public Library, in the Children's Library, the entire month of April.
On behalf of Medway Community Farm, Medway resident and Health Coach, Kelly O'Rourke, submits a grant application through her gradutate school, SUNY-Purchase. The seed grant would support the launch of MCF's food education program: "Garden to Table" as well as help repair the Medway Community Kitchen where food classes could be held on site.
2nd Annual Medway Community Farm 5K Run/Walk fundraiser hosts 190 participants.
MCF sells all CSA shares and garden plots. 150 familes and farm supporters have come together to support the Farm in its first year as a full time farm. (100) Vegetable Shares, (10) Flower Shares and (12) Garden Plots are sold.
MCF launches pilot program: Summer Mornings on the Farm from June-August for children ages 3 1/2-12.
June 2011 Medway 4th Graders via the Community Service Learning Program harvest food from their garden plot, sell their harvest at the farm stand and donate proceeds to the Farm.
Summer Interns arrive at the Farm.
August 2011 MCF submits (2) grant applications for the 2011/2012 grant cycle.
Late Fall CSA Shares on SALE - vegetables, eggs, coffee beans.
Tri-County students return to the farm to complete house repair projects.
Luminary Bags on SALE, October 1st - October 29th.
Shady Oaks Farm/Coots Tractor Pull- Sunday, 10/16 10am
Medway Community Farm/Fall Festival - Sunday, 10/16 1-4pm
Fall Potluck and Luminary Lighting in the Gardens - Saturday 10/29 4-6pm