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Monday, May 23, 2016

What's happening on the Farm:

Over the past few weeks the farm has come alive with activity. The killdeer have returned to the fields, laid eggs , and are raising their young. Speaking of laying eggs, our chickens have started laying! The eggs are on the small side now as the chickens are not yet fully mature. We should start having eggs available for sale in the farm stand later in June.

The crops in the fields are growing by inches every day. As are the weeds... The crew is almost fully staffed at this point and we are working through big projects that require many hands. We had a group from Dassault Systems volunteer a few weeks ago and help us seed our potatoes as well as transplant onions. Volunteers are very helpful in getting projects done at Powisset. In addition to corporate volunteer groups we also have regular volunteers who help in the greenhouse, flower garden, herb garden, and fields. We couldn't do all that we do without them. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities please visit The Trustees website. This time of year the first pests begin to emerge. This passed week we have seen the flea beetle population explode! If you have visited the farm you are sure to have noticed the sea of white fabric covering one of our fields. This material is called floating row cover. It creates a physical barrier to keep pests off the crops. Under the floating row cover there are broccoli, cabbage, kale, radishes, and salad turnips growing.
 
 
The first CSA distribution is scheduled for Tuesday June 7th. Remember that you can choose from Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday to pick up your share. If you split a share please remember that you cannot pick up separately. Please either pick up the share together or have one representative from your share group pick up the whole share at once. 
 
Distribution and farm stand hours:
 
Tuesday 2-6
Thursday 10-6
Saturday 10-4
 
CSA Orientation:
CSA orientation is suggested for members who are new to the CSA and folks who may have questions before the CSA starts. Orientation is Tuesday May 31st from 4-6 and Thursday June 2nd from 4-6. We will be available to walk folks through the process of picking up their share and familiarize folks with the pick your own area. The orientation will take from 15 - 30 minutes. You can drop in on whatever day (Tuesday or Thursday) and time (between 4 - 6) works best for your schedule.
 
We have cattle! Connor, The Trustees Livestock Manager, delivered 6 steer today. They are located on the pasture at the south end of the farm.  
 
Zannah, on behalf of the farm crew
 
 

Past + Upcoming Events!

Well, let's start with upcoming events since Springfest is the only thing on my mind this week! Join us on Memorial Day, May 30th, for the Powisset Farm Trail Run! The 1.5 miler begins at 8:00am followed by the 5.6 & 8.3 distances. After the race is Springfest - a day of fun, live music, food & beer/wine, kids crafts & activities, farm tours with Zannah (one at 11:00am and one at 2:00pm), a goat milking demo, and over 40 vendors. Come ride the bike blender, borrowed from Bikes Not Bombs, and come meet our new chickens and piglets! If you are brave enough, enter into our 125 second cake eating contest (by emailing nnacamuli@thetrustees.org) which will take place at 1:30pm. 
And going backwards....During the month of May, we have hosted the Council on Aging of Dover for weekly Wednesday cooking classes and last week, we created a great spring meal of a green salad, chicken salad and a bacon, leek & cheese quiche. Not only were they yummy but these guys had a great time working together and then dining together.

On Thursday, we were lucky to have Shruti Mehta, originally from India, here to teach us the basics of an Indian meal. We sauteed, fried, and blended to make a feast. Our meal consisted of Creamed Corn & Vegetable Fritters served with Date & Tamarind Chutney, Masoor Dal, Palak Paneer (one of the most famous spinach & cheese dishes), Green Pea Pulao, and to top it off Mango Lassis  to cool everything off! Shruti will be back in the fall since this class was sold out with a waitlist! Check our web site for updates.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Past + Upcoming Events

The rain continued through the week and the sun said hello just before our Mothers Day Brunch on Sunday...and then the rain came back. Regardless of the weather, a good time was had by all - some stuffed their faces, kids planted seedlings for their moms and most of us Powisset's new piglets. Thank you to all of the mothers, fathers, kids, grandparents who shared the day with us.

We would like to thank Boston Jewish Educational Programs (BJEP) for holding their Spring Festival here at Powisset on May 1st. They broke out into groups - some worked in the fields, some learned how to make beer, some enjoyed a horticulturist walk and some learned about bees from beekeeper and friend, Peter Hauschka.

And, what's to come this week? On Saturday, May 14th, we will hold a Composting Workshop with Janice McPhilips of Holly Hill Farm and at night a BYO Picnic and Astronomy Night with Physics and Astronomy Teacher, Al Navarro. I am fairly confident with the amount of rainfall that we have gotten that it has to be a beautiful and clear night.

Looking ahead to Springfest (May 30th)...at 1:30pm, we will be holding a 125 second cake eating contest, to celebrate the 125th birthday of the Trustees. If there any brave souls who would like to enter into the contest please email me at nnacamuli@thetrustees.org. We will be limiting the field to 10 contestants.

If you are one of our Facebook followers, you may have already watched the Chronicle segment which focused on The Trustees. If you have not yet seen it, you must! Segment 3 is almost all dedicated to Powisset and you will see an interview with our General Manager, Jason Hill, a DIY Skincare class with Nicole Lewis and you will also get to see our piggies, Queenie & Shortcake.
Segment 1: http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/chronicle-115-special-places/39347526
Segment 2: http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/chronicle-if-these-walls-could-talk/39347572 
Segment 3: http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/chronicle-treasures-of-the-trustees/39347552
Segment 4: http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/chronicle-hobnob-with-the-upper-crust/39347394


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Vacation Week Recap + Upcoming Events

Last week was not only beautiful weather here but it was full of activity with April Vacation Week programs for kids. We seeded, composted, cooked, weeded, hung out with our new chickens....and all in all had a lot of fun! 

What's on the Horizon? Learn how to make all natural ointment for bug bites, bug spray and deodorant on Thursday (April 28th) with Nicole Lewis at Make & Take: Bugs, Bites & Bodycare - That's The Pits. Our Mothers Day Brunch (May 8th) is sold out but there's always Springfest on Memorial Day (May 30th)! Here is the current lineup:
If anyone is interested in volunteering at Springfest, we have lots of volunteer opportunities from assisting at the bike blender station, directing cars, helping with kids crafts and much more! Please contact Nicole at nnacamuli@thetrustees.org.


News from the fields:

Pop Up Market And Plant Sale:

Saturday April 30th, 10 - 4

We are partnering with our friends at Neighborhood Farm this Saturday to host a market and  plant sale. The good folks from Neighborhood Farm will have a variety of vegetable and herbs transplants for sale. We will be selling storage carrots, radishes, and parsnips from the root cellar. We will also have all of our pork products available including bacon, pork chops, and hams.



Volunteer on the farm:

Do you enjoy potatoes and onions? Help us plant our potato and onion crops this week. We have volunteer drop in hours Friday from 9 to 12 and Saturday 9 to 12. We have a big push this  week to get these crops in the ground while the weather is good.







Friday, April 15, 2016

Upcoming Events!

It looks like Spring has sprung and hopefully you and your kiddos have some fun plans for next week, April Vacation Week. If not, we still have space in our programs and will offer a little something for everyone. Here is a summary of our lineup:


We will also have some furry, cute visitors spending the week in the Powisset classroom! Come for a visit and find out who, what, ....!

If you have questions about Vacation Week or would like to sign up for the whole week, feel free to contact Nicole at nnacamuli@thetrustees.org.

You should also note that we have a Story Walk posted starting near our Kids Area outside. It is self-directed and lots of fun. Go check it out!

Lastly, looking forward to the end of the month for those DIY'ers, Nicole Lewis will be teaching Make & Take: Bugs, Bites and Bodycare - That's The Pits on April 28th where we will be making our own bug spray, bite remedy and deodorant. It is sure to be a fun class, like the skin care ones.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Farm

What's growing: This was the winter that never really materialized. Well until the beginning of April. This week we have been quite busy in the greenhouse. We have maxed out our growing space in the greenhouse and have had to think outside of the box in order to keep up with our seeding. It has been far too cold to put any plants outside to harden off or transplant into the fields. As soon as we get some warm, dry weather we will be busy working through our first field prep direct seeding and transplanting of the season.



Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer drop in hours start this Saturday from 9 -1. Meet Andrew at the information kiosk at the foot of the barn. Please arrive by 9am so that you can receive instructions on what the volunteer job will be that day.







Pop-up Farm Stand:
The pop-up farm stand has moved from the root cellar back into the barn. You will find our root vegetables in the glass refrigerator. We still have lots of pork available as well. We have bacon, bacon ends, shoulder chops loin chops, hams, ham steak, trotters, and fat back located in the chest freezer labeled meats.

James!

James is doing great. He continues to heal with his foster family in Easton. If you would like to follow James's progress or make a donation to his medical fund follow this link:
https://www.gofundme.com/helpsupportjames


Zannah, on behalf of the farm crew

Events!

Thank you all who came out to our Open House on Saturday! It was nice to see some new faces and old as well. We ate yummy pie from Bushel & Crumb and watched Kathy Zola with her loom. 

The following day, we had Inna Khutrik, from Innas Kitchen in Newton and the Boston Public Market join us at Powisset for a Passover cooking class. We made matzo ball soup (of course), honey glazed roasted chicken, sauteed asparagus and potato kugel. It was a perfect meal for a snowy day!

Next week bring more classes....on Thursday, April 14th, we continue with Nicole Lewis' DIY classes. In this one, Health & Wellness from the Kitchen: DIY Sring Cleaning, she will show us how to make cleaning products right in our own kitchen! We will be making an all purpose cleaner, laundry soap and more. You can register here.

Did you realize that April School Vacation is right around the corner? For those who are looking for things to do with your kids during the week, join us at Powisset! We are holding classes/events from Tuesday through Friday, and each day is different. Here is an outline of what is going on, when. 

Tuesday, Apr. 19th: Kids in the Kitchen, 11-1pm: Kids will make dinner for mom and dad! This is a drop off program for kids aged 7+ (or younger, if accompanied by an adult). All parents are welcome to join us at 12:30pm for our meal.

Wednesday, Apr. 20th: Fun in the Fields, 9-11:30am: Today we will be working with the farm crew in the greenhouse, in the fields....where ever they need our help while they get ready for CSA season!

Thursday, Apr. 21st: Pizza & Board Games, 11-1pm: We will convene in the kitchen to make pizza together and while we are waiting for it to cook, we will engage in non-competitive fun with our Powisset friends. We will have board games available but feel free to bring your own. Kids and Adults are welcome.

Friday, Apr. 22nd: Composting, 9-11:30am: Janice McPhilips from Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset will be leading us in a composting workshop. We will head out to our compost pile, learn what composting is, its benefits, how to do it, and also learn by doing. Please bring/wear boots and gloves.

Lastly, the Walpole and Westwood Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Programs are setting up a Story Walk here at the farm, just outside of the barn, near the kids area. The self-directed Story Walk, "It's Spring" by Linda Glaser, will be available from Apr. 11-23rd.

For questions please contact Nicole at nnacamuli@thetrustees.org.

PS: We will have some guest chicks living in our classroom for the week who would love some visitors!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Past + Upcoming Events at Powisset Farm

Last week was a very exciting week for the Trustees, including Powisset Farm! Chronicle (one of my favorite TV shows) decided to do a piece on the Trustees so spent the whole week at different Trustees properties - from Cranes Beach in Ipswich to The Old Manse in Concord...and had "farm day" on Thursday, where they spent the morning at Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough and Powisset in the afternoon. They toured the farm and then came inside to the kitchen where they talked to Nicole Lewis and then filmed a portion of her Make & Take: DIY Bath & Body Products from the Kitchen.

Upcoming Events

There are still a few spots at Nicole Lewis' Baking with Einkorn class on Wednesday from 6:30-9pm. We will likely be making 1-2 different types of bread, cookies and scones!

For those thinking ahead to Mom...we will be hosting a Mothers Day Brunch here at Powisset on May 8th from 11am-1pm. If the weather cooperates, it will be a combination of both indoor and outdoor dining. Bring the whole family - your kids, your mom, your sister....bring everyone! If you are interested in seeing the menu, please email me: nnacamuli@thetrustees.org.

And don't forget, we are having an Open House on Saturday (Apr. 2nd) from 1-4pm! We will have some vendors (Kathy Zola knits, Lisa Walker pottery, and Bushel + Crumb pies), the 4H Club, food, kids activities (seeding, cookie decorating, stamping), a farm tour at 2pm...and the opportunity for you to meet Zannah and Andrew, our new Farm Manager & Assistant Farm Manager and learn more about the CSA and events. 

The following day, Sunday (Apr. 3rd) at 10am we are holding A Passover Meal. Even if you are not Jewish, join me and Inna Knitrik from Inna's Kitchen in Newton & the Boston Public Market, as we learn how to make: Matzo Ball Soup, Honey Glazed Chicken with Roasted Veggies, and Potato Kugel!


Notes From the Field:

The greenhouse is exploding with new life this week. We have beets, chard, onions, scallions, fennel, lettuce, kale, and cabbage filling the greenhouse. As I walk in to water the greenhouse I am awe struck by the blanket of green that lies before me. Our apprentices are starting next week. It's always fun to welcome folks into our community and to have more hands to help as the workload increases. The fences around the fields will go up next week and we will begin transplanting. This marks another point of transition on the farm. We go from a plan on paper, to seeding thousands of plants in the greenhouse. Now we are taking the next step in the plan and putting starting to put those plants out in the world in a patchwork puzzle.


CSA sign-ups:
If you had a CSA share last season and have not signed up yet this year time is running out for you to be guaranteed a share for 2016. CSA sign-ups have been opened to the wait list and they are going fast. If you are a returning member and wish to sign-up please e-mail me at zporter@thetrustees.org. If you are currently on the wait list and have not heard from us yet you will be receiving an email soon.


Volunteer opportunities:
If you are interested in getting your hands dirty in the greenhouse and out in the field we will begin offering volunteer drop in hours on Saturday mornings from 9-12. The start date for these drop in opportunities is April 9th. Meet Andrew at the information kiosk by the parking area promptly at 9.


Update on James:
Our beloved farm cat James continues to heel from his broken leg. He is being fostered by a loving family in Easton, MA. James will not be able to return to the farm for several months as he recuperates. If you wish to follow James's progress or make a donation to his medical fund please follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/helpsupportjames



Pop-up farm stand:
The pop-up farm stand remains open this week. It is located bellow the barn, outside of the root cellar. The stand is self serve and open Tuesday - Sunday, 9 to 6. We have storage crops, pies, and pork for sale.

Zannah, on behalf of the farm crew


Monday, March 21, 2016

News from the farm:

We are into our second week of seeding in the greenhouse. We have been seeding cabbages, onions, scallions, beets, and lettuce. The first sprouts began to peek out of the soil last week. It's hard to believe with snow on the ground but soon the greenhouse will be overflowing and we will start transplanting out in the fields.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Anyone interested in volunteering at Powisset this spring doing some seeding and/or greenhouse work? Drop-in on Saturdays in April & May from 9am-noon. Meet Andrew at the kiosk near the parking area!




 
On a more somber note our beloved farm cat James showed up last week with a catastrophic injury to his rear left leg. He sustained multiple fractures and underwent surgery. James will recover but he has a long road ahead of him. James and Simba are not owned by The Trustees. They are cared for by a few members of the farm staff. If you would like to follow James's recovery or make a donation to help offset the cost of his surgery and recovery please follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/helpsupportjames
 
Zannah, on behalf of the farm crew

Powisset Past + Future Events!


 I hope those of you who made it to "Fiddler on the Farm & The Whyte School of Irish Step Dance" on Sunday, enjoyed the show! All of the performers were so talented and we are so appreciative that they came out to share their talents with the Powisset community! Happy St. Patty's Day to all of you Irish out there!

Save the Date! On April 2nd, we will be hosting an Open House here at Powisset! This is an opportunity for you to meet Zannah, our new farm manager and Andrew, our new assistant farm manager, if you haven't already! Zannah & Andrew will be giving a farm tour including all of the action going on in our greenhouse. We will have food and drink and an activyt for the kids...and Lisa Walker will also be with us selling her beautiful pottery while Bushel + Crumb will be offering samples of their pies. They will also be on hand if you are interested in purchasing a Pie Shares for this summer.

Save the Date Again! May 30th is Springfest! In the morning, we will kick off the day with the Powisset Farm Trail Run organized by Sun Multisport followed by a day-long celebration of spring, the farm, and the community! We will have local food and beer, we will be giving farm tours, you can visit our animals (our pigs will have just been born.....yah!), and we will also have lots of activities, a cake eating contest (to celebrate the Trustees' 125th birthday), kids crafts, vendors, and all of you!

Next week we will be offering the following classes. Please join us for one or all!

Saturday, March 19th at 10am: Flow on the Farm with Yoga
Tuesday, March 22nd at 10am and again at 6pm: Renew, Revive & Refresh with Vision Board
Thursday, March 29th at 6:30pm: Make & Take: Handmade Bath & Body Gifts from the Kitchen

 











2016 Bushel + Crumb Pie Shares Now Available!

Powisset Farm will once again be offering Bushel + Crumb Pie Shares for pick up at the farm with your CSA share.  Bushel + Crumb offers members one sweet and one savory pie a month from mid-June through mid-October. Pie flavors and ingredients change with the seasons and always feature locally grown fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grains.  

2016 Pie Share sign ups have now begun! You can find out more about a Bushel + Crumb share and sign-up online at www.bushelandcrumb.com

And if you’re interested in trying out a Bushel + Crumb pie, we’ll be offering samples at our Open House on April 2nd!