Come See Land’s Sake This Winter!

While some farms may close down for the winter, Land’s Sake is busy as ever! We use the winter time to go out into our community, whether it’s through library outreach events, camp fairs, and any other event that supports our mission of connecting people to the land to inspire lifelong stewardship. Check out where you can see us this winter:

Fairs and Festivals

Meta Slider - HTML Overlay - Chicken Coop ChobstaclesAre you interested in learning more about our summer education programs? This year, not only can you find information online, but you can visit our educators in person! Come see us at the following fairs to see if our programs are the right fit for your family:
  • Sudbury Camp Fair
    • Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School
    • January 24th, 11am to 2pm
    • Admission is FREE!
  • CampSource Fair
    • Newton South High School
    • February 8th, 5:30 to 8pm
  • Discover Summer! Camp Fair
    • Avery Elementary School, Dedham
    • March 5, 11:30am to 1:30pm

Library Outreach Programs

Sugar ShackJoin us at your local library to learn more about maple sugaring! In these programs, we’ll walk your children through the entire process, with fun stories along the way.

  • Waltham Library
    • February 24, 3:30 to 4:30pm
  • Needham Library
    • February 27, 2:30 to 3:30pm
  • Sherborn Library
    • March 2, 4 to 5pm
  • Billerica Library
    • March 9, 10 to 11am
  • Goodnow Library
    • March 9, 2:30 to 3:30pm
  • Randall Library (Stow)
    • March 11, 10:30 to 11:30am
  • Dover Library
    • March 16, 3:30 to 4:30pm
  • Wellesley Library
    • March 23, 3:30 to 4pm
  • Wayland Library
    • March 30, 3 to 4pm

Signs of Spring

Merely a month ago, the world looked a lot different than it does today.  Our sugar house was fully engulfed in drifts, our logging crew was trudging through waist deep snow, and spring seemed very very far away. For those of us who love a good old-fashioned New England winter, this year certainly didn’t disappoint.

But as I write this entry, its 49 degrees and drizzling, the last piles of snow are quickly fading away, and spring seems just around the corner (9 days to be exact). With the warmer weather, you may have noticed the sudden appearance of maple buckets on trees around Weston, followed by groups of local middle schoolers rushing to collect as much as they can (without spilling it all over themselves).

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During maple season, keeping up with the flow of sap can certainly be a challenge and we rely heavily on the help of Green Power students and community volunteers.  A big thank you is due to everyone who has helped with tapping trees and collecting sap over the last month.  If you haven’t been able to join us let, not to worry, there are several more weeks of sap collecting.  If you are interesting in helping out, please email me at dave@landssake.org and I will add you to our volunteer email list.

And don’t forget – Saturday, March 26th is our annual Sugaring Off Festival, featuring a live band, tours of the sugar house, maple syrup sales, sugar on snow treats, and of course LOTS OF PANCAKES!  The event runs from 9am to 1pm at the Bill McElwain Sugar House, which is located behind the parking lot at the Weston Middle School (456 Wellesley St. Weston, MA)

– Dave Quinn, Land’s Sake.

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Visit the Winter Farmers’ Market in Wayland

Still want to eat local this winter?

One way is to check out the Wayland Winter Market at Russell’s Garden Center, on Route 20 in Wayland. It happens every Saturday, from 10-2, until March 12th, 2011.

While Land’s Sake won’t be there selling our products, lots of other local meat producers, vegetable growers, fishermen, bakeries (and more!) will be. There is a complete listing of the vendors at the link above. For those of you who got to visit last year, one business owner told me that the market is about twice as large as last year, both in the number of customers that wandered from booth to booth, and in the number of vendors that were present.

Last weekend, the market was bustling when I arrived at around 1. I suggest you get there on the earlier side of things so you don’t miss out on anything delicious.

This is a great opportunity to support some like-minded and local businesses and based on my visit, I highly recommend it. At the very least, it is a fun Saturday activity complete with lots of free samples. I left Russell’s with my bags overflowing and a huge smile on my face. Eggs, lamb sausage and popping corn in one bag, the other was filled to the brim with the storage root veggies that I love so much, but that we had run out of here at the farm. I even purchased a sweet wall calender, dotted with lush little illustrations of vegetables by a local artist, that is now hanging in my kitchen.

If you do purchase some delicious veggies or meats at the market, (or even if you don’t) try creating a noodle dish or soup with this fun udon noodle recipe. It could be a great thing to do with the kids on a snow day, and the resulting chewy, rustic noodles are super tasty.

Happy eating!

Melanie Hardy, Farm Manager at Land’s Sake.

Remembering our Founder

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Doug Henderson, the founding father of Land’s Sake, on July 14th at age 95. Doug grew up in Weston, became a career diplomat in the Foreign Service and returned to Weston in retirement where he was very active in town affairs. His two great loves were Land’s Sake and the Historical Society.

Doug, Martha Gogel, and Brian Donahue were the team that helped organize a vision of active land stewardship that would carry on the pioneering work of Bill McElwain at Green Power Farm. Working with a few others, they promoted farm, forest and conservation land management and founded Land’s Sake for that purpose. Doug served as president of Land’s Sake in its formative years, and was instrumental in starting the farm operation on the Case 40 Acre Field. Later, Doug was the driving force behind the merger of Green Power and Land’s Sake, giving Weston an integrated community farm and forest program. Doug is even responsible for our name–he said his grandmother’s favorite expression was “Land’s Sake!” Doug is survived by his wife Marion, his five children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at St Peter’s Church in Weston on August 14th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Land’s Sake at 27 Crescent St or to the Weston Public Library, 87 School St.

Support Land’s Sake by Shopping!!

On Wednesday, June 16th Whole Foods in Wayland will be holding a 5% Day in support of Land’s Sake. This means that 5% of all sales from the day will be donated to Land’s Sake.

Please save the date!  You can support Land’s Sake simply by doing your weekly shopping on June 16th at Whole Foods in Wayland!  The store is location at 317 Boston Post Road in Wayland, just a quick drive down Rt. 20 from Weston.

Artist in Residence: Larry Grob

It was a cold day back in February that I first approached Grey Lee with some ideas about bringing art to Land’s Sake. It took but a few seconds to realize that something similar was already on his mind, and that using creativity and creative programs to connect people to the land was secure on his agenda. So began the concept of the first Land’s Sake Artist in Residence (AiR) program.

A sampling of Larry's work.

In case you hadn’t noticed, every day, every hour really, brings something new to Land’s Sake. The energy here is amazing, and it is bursting forth all around. In the pre-season, it was subtle—a wildflower poking up at the edge of the last snow, or the sun offering ever increasing warmth as its morning rays broke over the sleepy farm stand. The daily changes are dramatic. If you blinked, you missed the strawberries. And who can even remember the rhubarb and asparagus?

So this is a big part of why I do art—to capture these special, fleeting moments and try to chronicle the magic that this place gives us through the season. For me, it all fits into a broader endeavor: to promote the notion of sustainability. I truly believe that art of the land helps us be more thoughtful and approach our surroundings with a lighter hand. It awak

ens our eConsciousness, as I like to call it, allowing us to realize the power we have to turn natural order and balance into something quite other if we’re not attentive and principled in our actions. In words, no one puts it better than the noted biologist and environmentalist, David Suzuki, who writes in his book The Sacred Balance, “Each of us is quite literally air, water, soil, and sunlight, and what cleanses and renews these elements of life is the web of living things on the planet. These are the fundamental building blocks of sustainable lives and societies.” Expressing this for the left side of the brain is what the AiR program has given me a chance to do.

So, I’m a pastelist, inclined to work in the field–en plein air as they say–as much as possible. That means porting a few dozen sticks of dry, breakable pigment, and my easel, to a spot where the view’s just right and the wind is strong enough to sweep away the dust—but not my paper. I used to think that the oil painters would be envious of the simplicity of my set-up, but I’m not so sure any more. Regardless, both in the studio and out in the field, there is more to capture than I could possibly keep up with.

I began with an image of ‘the bear’, a beautifully rust colored iron and wood sculpture hiding out in a grove of trees (ok, near the bees). One look told me his story. Bearing a fish in his mouth, he became, on my easel, Spring Awakening, emerging from winter rest to grace the land with his offering. An early morning walk past the ‘stand’, shelves bare of goods for not too long, graced me with a sunrise peeking from behind. This was my Awaiting Spring Light. I then captured daffodils saluting, and fields of straw waiting for strawberries to come, and of course an overflowing berry harvest in the hands of a willing farmer. Perhaps my favorite to date was prompted by a flight of imagination combined with a hint from Google Earth—A Farm Point of View. What I like best about this piece is the bird’s eye perspective, which reminds us of the land that connects both country and city, and of our need to tend it well, wherever.

This pastel adventure has allowed me to explore not only the beauty that surrounds us, but also the boundaries of technique, and the vagaries of displaying art outdoors, on a farm, in the rain. I have had fun learning about reproduction processes, and the extraordinary art of giclee printing. Plus, I’ve met some wonderful and dedicated people…like Melanie, and Liz, and Glenn, and Ronnit, and Ben, and Dave, and Dan, and others who’s names I’ve let slip.

Bottom line (sorry, that sounds a bit much like business speak), I’m very appreciative to have the chance to pioneer a program that, for Land’s Sake I hope will catch on and grow. Art can truly help us all—kids and grownups—stop and look. Really look. Which I’m afraid isn’t nearly enough done nowadays as it should be.

Larry Grob

To order notecards and originals of Larry’s work, please call the Land’s Sake office at 781-893-1162. Larry will also be displaying his work at the WACA (Weston Arts & Crafts Association) Holiday Show and Sale, December 3-6. A portion of sales of these original artworks will help support Land’s Sake programs.

Afterschool on the farm!

A parent volunteer blogged about a few afternoons with Farm and Forest Explorers, our fourth and fifth grade afterschool program. Check it out!

http://kidsatthefarm.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/kids-at-the-farm/

First Eggs of the Year!

Land's Sake Chickens Sassy Lassie and Fancy Boots at the FarmstandWhen I went to close the big chicken coop last night, I found the first four eggs from this year’s chickens, all together in a nesting box. The first eggs ever from these chickens! Four perfect light brown eggs! Chickens have a special cackle right after they lay an egg, and I had my own squeal of delight, and joy, and pride, upon finding such a deposit.

As the preK-5 educator at Land’s Sake, I have been doting on these chickens since they arrived day old in a box large enough to hold a pair of men’s size 10 running shoes. It was the day before St. Patty’s Day, when the evaporator in the sugar house was still steaming and the snowpack, though present, was ever diminishing. They were fuzzy and peeping and perfect themselves as they ran to and from either end of the brooder in a pack, just like five year olds playing soccer. By the time the cherry trees and lilacs were blooming, they were at the main farm, living in the refurbished horse trailer and going outside. And then they grew, and they grew, and they grew! They had the diet that any chicken would dream to consume! Overripe strawberries and split Sun Gold tomatoes, week old pastries, earthworms dug up from the compost pile and slugs by the thousands after the rain….oh, do they feast on an embarrassment of riches! First, they were celebrities for a parade of school children on field trips, and then, over the summer, Farm and Forest Explorer participants spent countless hours petting, holding, and caring for them.

When I saw the rich orange yolk of one of the eggs, I thought of all of this. Chickens generally start laying eggs at 6 months, though some chickens start earlier and others start later. I am not sure who was the mystery mama who laid those eggs. I think it was one hen, though it could have been several. Chickens are inclined to lay eggs where there are some already, which is why you can use wooden eggs to convince them to lay in a certain place. Some of the eggs may have been laid over the weekend. Nevertheless, all the chickens will start laying in their own time.

You and your family have lots of opportunities to be involved with the Land’s Sake flock. As you may have noticed when you visited the farm stand, up front we now have one of our chicken tractors and two hens, currently Sassy Lassie and Fancy Boots. Land’s Sake has A-frame chicken coops that can be rented for two weeks so that you can test the waters of owning chickens and enjoy delicious fresh eggs (until more of the Land’s Sake flock is laying, we have a partnership with a local chicken owner to borrow already laying chickens). For more info on chicken tractor rentals, contact greenpower@landssake.org. Chickens are an integral part of both Farm and Forest Explorers, an afterschool program for fourth and fifth graders at the farm, and Greenpower, a work-based program for middle-schoolers. Information on these programs can be found at http://www.landssake.org/education. Finally, Land’s Sake is partnering with the Weston Recreation Department to host a Chicken Open House on September 19 from 10am-12noon. This will be an opportunity for your family to learn more about chickens up close and personal as you will be invited into the chicken yard to pet and even hold a chicken under the supervision of a Land’s Sake educator. Registration for the Open House is through the Rec Dept.

See you at the farm!
Amy
Farm-Based Educator

Plenty of Vegetables for You

Plenty of Veggies for You

Plenty of Veggies for You

We had some great press from the Town Crier this week.  There was a splendid spread of photos from our recent Supper Club. It was wonderful to see all those familiar faces in the Weston Life section. Thank you Barbara Elmes for coming out and bringing your trusty camera!

Page 4 has an article about our current farming situation titled “Land’s Sake handling crop failure”. Lest there be any confusion, “crop failure” implies one or all rather than one of many crops which may have failed. I would have preferred to title the piece “…crop failures” as we have had a few. Those crops include our early brassicas – broccoli and cabbage type veggies, our onion and scallion crop, and, what was not known when the article was written, our tomatoes. They now have been written off on account of the late blight.

What was reported was based on our suspension of CSA share distributions effective until the end of August. This was detailed in a letter to shareholders which is quoted in the article. Unfortunately, the reporting confuses the CSA – the 130 shareholders – with the entire Land’s Sake Farm. Another two-thirds of our production is sold at the farm stand, the farmers’ market, and shipped to hunger relief agencies. The farm is half of Land’s Sake’s total operation. While we are unable to provide adequately to our shareholders for a few weeks, we continue to produce and sell a lot of vegetables every day.

Another correction I’d add is that the late blight (Phytophthora infestans) affects potatoes and tomatoes, not corn and not squash. We don’t actually even grow corn. And the blight has cut into our potatoes and tomatoes and will cause approximately $30,000 in losses this year, over 10% of our gross income from the farm.

The article writes about our planting a second crop to address the situation. More accurately, we are putting second and third plantings of various (multiple) crops in the ground every day. Actually, we seed multiple plantings of crops every year, regardless of the weather or other conditions. A crop is a type of plant, a planting is the group of those plants that went into the ground at the same time. They are usually described ordinally – first, second, etc. – as it is easy to see the different plantings as they are always in different locations and sized differently based on their age. The article uses the term crop to encompass all the crops we have as if it were one big enchilada. We would use the term “total production” or “all plantings” to describe everything out there. And “all plantings” have not failed. But enough have for us to be in pretty bad shape. Please come to the farm to find the many good things that we do continue to sell – flowers, berries, squashes, beets, carrots, honey, herbs and plenty of greens and other summer delights.

Land's Sake Farm: the Next Generation

Land's Sake Farm: the Next Generation

I’m attaching a photo of some of those up-and-coming plantings which are seedlings at our greenhouse right now.

Please don’t think Land’s Sake has lost all it’s crops. There is a lot of food available at Land’s Sake. We’ve got carrots and beets, lettuce, squash and zucchini, peppers, berries, flowers and more. We are selling fresh bread from Nashoba Brook Bakery on the weekend. We even have fresh corn for sale, harvested every morning from Brigham Farm along the Sudbury River in Concord. Come on down to the Farm Stand on Wellesley St any day of the week between 10am – 6pm. We appreciate your business.