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Monday, May 21, 2018

Reemay for Days

Piglets Discovering the Outside World
Powisset Farm is looking as good as ever and just in time for the beginning of our busiest season. I am quickly learning that so much of farming is about planning for the future. Months are spent making repairs, adding soil amendments, ordering seeds, planting seeds, tending to the crops, and doing all of it with proper timing so the finished product can be harvested only hours before it is scheduled to leave the farm stand. Of course, all the planning in the world cannot control pests and the weather. For that, we must make careful adjustments as necessary. Our manager Andrew is doing a great job at these things, as well as at teaching the crew how and why we do what we do.

Rows of Reemay
One of the most common and effective ways of protecting crops is to cover it with a fabric called reemay. This material can provide additional heat, protect from frost, and prevent pests from making contact with the plants. While using this can sometimes cause excessive heat, utilizing row cover provides an important clean alternative to pesticides that are so often used at commercial farm operations.

Rows of Chard, Lettuce, Beets, Fennel, and Scallions

While you have seen us in the fields for months, there will soon be many new faces on the property. The next few weeks will bring the Trail Run Series, Springfest, and the opening of our farm stand. In addition to the new greenhouse, Powisset will be adding a new barnyard. This will allow visitors to get a glimpse into the livestock operations that are so integral to the Trustees’ farms. The barnyard looks fantastic and will transform the visitor experience by bringing rabbits, goats, and sheep into the mix.

Barnyard Looking Good!



As mentioned, the farm and the crops are looking great so far. If you are interested in bringing fresh, local produce to your table, please consider purchasing a CSA share at Powisset Farm. We have a great variety of vegetables lined up for this summer and we would love to have you join our community.

Hope to see you soon!

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice








Join us on Sunday, June 3rd for Powisset Farm's 10th Annual Springfest, a day-long celebration of the farm and spring! This festival will include activities for all ages including a vendor village, pony rides, kids crafts, face painting, farm tours, local food (including The Powisset Cafe) and beverages (Jack's Abby and Lookout Farm), live music (The Railroad House Band), animals (pigs, chickens, sheep, bunnies and goats), a pie-eating contest, and much more. The farm stand will be open for spring veggie shopping and will be stocked with local products! Join The Trustees and get free admission! For more information visit thetrustees.org/powissetfarmspringfest.

-Nicole Nacamuli
Engagement Site Manager, Powisset Farm

Monday, May 7, 2018

Plants are in the Ground

Many thanks to the EMD group!
The fields at Powisset are starting to look very different. The last couple weeks have brought many volunteer groups to the property and allowed us to complete a great deal of work. Two groups of Boston high schoolers came out to learn about farming and foraging while pruning raspberries and weeding strawberries. A great group from EMD Serono, Inc. traveled to the farm and spent many hours transplanting chard, onions, fennel, and beets. Of course, our loyal weekly volunteers were also on hand to continue with seeding and putting up fencing to protect the crops from the deer. Along with the planting mentioned above, we have also put in beds of broccoli, cauliflower, peas, fava beans, and sunflowers. The fields will quickly start filling up with crops from this point forward, and seedling trays will cycle from the greenhouse to the fields and back again, only to be seeded with another crop to be harvested later in the season.

Belted Galloways and food trucks at Weir River Farm

The weather couldn’t be better for enjoying a day at the farm, and there are many events taking place at various Trustees locations around Massachusetts. Last weekend, Weir River Farm held its annual Sheep Shearing Festival and I made my way to Hingham to check on some of our piglets and see what they had going on. It was a great day filled with food and activities, all taking place on yet another beautiful property. While Powisset Farm has been more focused on fruit and vegetable production, we will be adding new animals to our barnyard this year. This will create a great opportunity to have fun while learning more about a different area of agriculture.

While you are encouraged to feel welcome at the farm any time, we will be having our Springfest on June 3. In the meantime, keep an eye on the events page to see which other activities you might be interested in!





Ready to transplant
As always, let us know if you have any questions about the CSA or farming in general. Our 10-week and 20-week shares, as well as a fruit share add-on, are available HERE.

Enjoy this great weather,

Jeff Hoodlet

Farm Apprentice

Monday, April 23, 2018

Heating Up

Garlic
Things continue to heat up at the farm while the temperatures look like they are about to level out at last. For the first time this year, the forecast ahead shows warmer days without any temperature drops into the 30s. All of our seedlings have stayed sheltered in the greenhouse until now, rather than risk an overnight freeze on the hardening off tables. The onions are certainly ready to stretch their legs, and they will be moving outside this week without a doubt. We can tell that some plants are ready to move into bigger pots because they are strong enough to pull out of the trays while their root systems hold the soil from their cell intact. It is always exciting to make the rounds in the greenhouse and see which seedlings have grown more leaves overnight. These are all signs that operations are inching towards the fields.

Aside from the plants, our crew has been hard at work updating the farm in other areas. Kate has been doing work on the walk-in cooler and building tables for the new greenhouse. Others have been making various repairs and organizing workstations and storage areas to improve efficiency as the season goes on. After fixing some of the fence posts in the upcoming week, the electric fencing will go up to protect our crops from the many deer that come to enjoy the Powisset buffet. The season will only get busier and these upgrades will allow us to focus more of our attention on the produce.

Strawberries




The volunteers deserve a special shout-out this week. We have been lucky to have yet another great group of people helping us out this season, and they have stuck with us to assist with all kinds of chores on some pretty bone-chilling days. Let’s hope that the weather is kind to us, because they certainly deserve some sunshine!

Remember that while we are a working farm, Powisset also offers scenic walking trails on the grounds. Please drop by to enjoy a nice spring day and see what we have going on! You are likely to see pigs, wildlife, and the early stages of fruit and vegetable production. If you are thinking about having local produce this summer, we would be glad to answer any questions you might have for us. You can sign up for a 10-week or 20-week share, as well as a fruit share add-on by clicking HERE.


Best,

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Let the Growing Begin!

Things have continued to pick up at the farm over the past week. As the seedlings continue to grow, the empty space in the greenhouse continues to shrink. The small seeds that were so meticulously dropped into their trays are now starting to take form and become recognizable from their neighbors. Before long, some will be moved out of the greenhouse to toughen up for the year ahead. Unlike these transplants, we will soon be direct-seeding certain crops right into the fields where they will grow this season. There is also progress with the plants that have spent the entire winter beneath the snow, waiting to be brought to life by the warmth and sun of spring. The strawberry plants have regained their color and we hope to see garlic popping through the soil in the coming days.

Maintenance also continues on the farm, as we try to finish tractor, barn, and other chores before growing consumes almost all of our time. In preparation for getting the machinery into its best condition, the Trustees held a two-day tractor operation, safety, and maintenance course at Appleton Farms. The class was instructed by Shane LaBrake, a very knowledgeable man with years of experience in farming and tractor operation. While both the seasoned and new farmers took away many lessons from the course, the biggest was the importance of mindfulness while performing work in such an environment. Not only will this make the job much safer, but it will also make it more efficient and less frustrating. We would like to thank Shane for his time and efforts in improving the atmosphere around tractors on our farms this season.

As things continue to move along, we get closer to the start of our CSA in June. We are still seeking members for this year, and would love to have you join the Powisset Farm family! I am always impressed by the community that gathers at Powisset to enjoy the camaraderie, produce, and beautiful property where our farm resides. This season we are offering 10-week and 20-week CSA shares, as well as a fruit share add-on. Please let us know if you have any questions, we would be glad to chat with you!

Hope to see you soon!

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Has Arrived!

Despite the fact that we have seen snow this week, it is most certainly spring at Powisset Farm. The birds are chirping, the pigs are playing, and the vibrant colors are slowly streaming back into the vegetation. With the indispensable help of our volunteer crew, the greenhouse is starting sprout thousands of seedlings that will become the food you and I will eat in a few short months. Many of our volunteers are familiar faces that have stuck around through many beautiful days spent in the fields and the occasional days spent hauling equipment in the snow. Other volunteers are new, carrying fresh personality in with the spring breeze. It is always a great group of people that brings a plentiful batch of smiles, knowledge, and kindness to our work.


While the seedlings are certainly the change that most directly connects to our produce, there are many other transformations taking place at the farm. Andrew mentioned our new farm crew in a previous post, but a new greenhouse and wash station are also in the works for this season. Both of these updates will help us generate the best food possible for you, the vital supporters and fans of Powisset Farm.

Aside from plant life, spring also brings animal life to the farm. Some of these animals will be seen in the barnyard before long, while others can be found on the trails that meander throughout the property. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a sunny day, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as small as chipmunks and as large as deer if you go for a walk on our trails.


10-week and 20-week CSA shares are available this season, as well as a fruit share add-on. If you’re interested in having some great local produce this summer, please consider our farm. If you would like to learn more, we would love to talk to you!

Hope to see you soon!

Jeff Hoodlet
Farm Apprentice

Friday, March 9, 2018


On Sunday, March 18, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we will be hosting our third annual ‘Fiddler on the Farm and the Whyte School of Irish Step Dance’. Not only will you hear, feel and see fiddler, Claire Petit perform, but we will enjoy watching the adorable and talented step dancers of the Whyte School of Irish Step Dance in Natick. Click here to purchase tickets.

You may have already heard, Outstanding in the Field is coming back to Powisset Farm this summer, on Saturday, September 1, and we are thrilled! Whether you attended last year’s event or were not able to, you now have a second chance. For those not familiar with Outstanding in the Field, it is a series of elegant al fresco farm-to-table dinners at beautiful outdoor venues across the country.  The goal of Outstanding in the Field is to connect diners to the land and honor the farmers and food artisans who grow and create the food guests enjoy. Because we want our Powisset community to be there with us at this amazing event, we are providing you the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public on March 20. Pre-sale tickets will be available until Sunday, March 11.

When you go to purchase tickets, click here and then "join us" button and then you will be asked for a password. Enter: PRSL2018, and you will be able to make your purchase(s) during this time.

Got any plans for your kiddos for April School Vacation Week? Well, we got you covered! Join us for Farmer for a Week (or if you have plans on select days already, join us Farmer for a Day, where you can select one, two or three days). Your kids will be planting, composting, cooking and caring for the Powisset animals. And end the week with Earth Day Astronomy Night where we will learn more about the stars, planets and moon and if it’s a clear night, we will see all of the above through a telescope!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Hello Powisset Blog!

As your new CSA Manager, I wanted to give you an update on how winter plans have been going so far! First, I want to thank Zannah for all she did for this farm for almost three seasons. I know I have some big boots to fill.  Zannah was a great leader, co-worker, and friend. I’m looking forward to putting to use all the knowledge and skills I gained from working with her.
 
I have been in this new position for a week now and it has been busy. I’ve had some help from Diane and Jeff the apprentices for the season,

counting seeds from our inventory so that we can move forward buying more seeds for the upcoming season. They have been a huge help and, as always, they play a vital role in the farm’s operations.

A big thank you to everyone who has signed up for their 2018 CSA share. Having advance sign-ups really helps us estimate how many people we should be growing for and helps with our crop plan. I know signing up for a summer CSA isn’t always on your radar in the dead of winter but if you’re thinking of doing so, I encourage you to do so soon. By supplementing your produce consumption with locally grown fruit and vegetables, you help to reduce reliance on out-of-state farms and their impact on the environment. You’re also supporting a local business, Powisset Farm, which trains new farmers in their trade, ensuring the future of local agriculture. I encourage everyone to make the local food movement a priority.

You can sign up for a 10-week or 20-week share (and add-on a fruit share!) by visiting: tinyurl.com/powissetCSA If you want to talk more about our CSA program, eating local, or farming please feel free to reach out to me.

Finally, thank you for your support. I know at the height of the season it gets pretty busy but please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions that come up: 508-785-0339 or akelly@thetrustees.org.

Cheers!
Andrew

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