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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Two Goodbyes and One Goodbye Party!

Hello Powisset Farm Family!  Spring is in the air and with it change is blowing through the fields of Powisset Farm.  I wanted to share with you all the upcoming transitions at Powisset and give you a opportunity to say goodbye to two amazing and talented farmers and educators! 

This month, Powisset Farm says goodbye to two wonderful staff members, Assistant Farm Manager, Tessa Pechenik and Education and Outreach Coordinator, Rachel Tali Kalplan.  Come celebrate their work at a Potluck Goodbye Party on Thursday, March 26th at 6pm at Powisset Farm!!

Tessa Pechenik!

Tessa Pechenik started in the Powisset Farm fields as a volunteer in 2009 before she was hired as an apprentice for two consecutive seasons.  She thrived as a field worker and team member and in 2012 she took the leap into leadership by becoming Powisset Farm’s Assistant Manager.  

While being a part of the management team at Powisset, Tessa mentored apprentices and field staff with humor, knowledge and compassion.  She made special connections with CSA members and work shares and led hundreds of volunteers in the fields, harvesting thousands of pounds of produce.  Tessa helped to improve and build Powisset’s on-site farm stand, bringing in new and delicious products and honing our farm aesthetic through her artist lense. Tessa made everything at Powisset more organized, more beautiful and more fun.  This farm and community will not be the same without her.  We will miss you, Tessa! 

Tessa and her partner Reuben will be headed north to Maine where they will be starting a new project on a beautiful farm homestead.  March 27th will be her last day at TTOR.  Please join me in wishing her goodbye and thank you for all her hard work.

meryl, simba & tessa!

Aji (saturday workshare) & Tessa

Rachel Tali Kaplan!
Rachel Tali Kapan joined the team at Powisset in the summer of 2013 when she jumped in mid-season as an apprentice when we were short on farm hands!  An experienced farmer, she brought her farm knowledge, intuition and calm energy to our wacky farm.  She immediately fit in! 

In 2014, with the addition of our new farm kitchen and classroom, Rachel was hired for the brand new position of Education and Outreach coordinator at Powisset Farm.  Under the guidance of the TTOR Engagement team, Rachel created a suite of Powisset Cooks! programming; formed and nurtured a volunteer committee at the farm; lead hundreds of volunteers in the fields and brought our farm kitchen to working order.  We will miss you, Rachel!

Rachel is gifted in creating a supportive and exciting atmosphere for volunteers and visitors and has created positive momentum for public programs here at Powisset.  Rachel will be staying in the area to pursue new and exciting possibilities outside of the farm world.  March 31, will be her last day.  Please join me in wishing her goodbye and thank you for her hard work.

Potluck Goodbye Party!

Thursday, March 26th  -  6pm-8pm (ish)
Bring a dish to share!
Come celebrate the hard work, energy and talent of these wonderful women!
At: The Powisset Farm Kitchen
37 Powisset Street, Dover, MA
for more information, email Meryl:
no need to RSVP. Just come! all welcome! bring kids, friends, you!


rachel, tessa, & jon 2013

farm crew 2013

tessa, tossing delicata! 2013

jump! farm crew 2012.

tessa & molly on squash telephones! 2011.

fall farm crew! 2009. Molly, Laura, Liz, Tessa & Meryl

2009 Garlic mulching! Kim, Amy, Liz & Tessa!

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