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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Staff Transitions at Powisset

Winter greetings to all!

Liz Green here - former Powisset apprentice and now manager of our vegetable farms at the Trustees. 

I’m writing to share some news of staff transitions at Powisset: Zannah Porter has moved from her role as Powisset CSA Manager; she accepted a position at Green City Growers in Somerville, directing their urban agriculture work. We are so thankful to Zannah for the two seasons of her able leadership at Powisset (especially her first full season here in 2016, during the challenges of the extreme drought!). We’re happy for Zannah and wish her well in this new opportunity, but she will be greatly missed here at the farm! If you'd like to send well wishes, feel free to email me at and I will make sure she sees your note. 

Next steps: Assistant CSA Manager Andrew Kelly is being promoted to CSA Manager. Congratulations and a big welcome to Andrew as he steps into this role! Many of you know Andrew; he has been at Powisset since spring 2016 and knows the farm inside and out. 

Andrew has a broad farming background, from growing up on a dairy farm to five years of production farming on both livestock and vegetable operations before he came to Powisset (including at Siena Farms in Sudbury, Mass. and MX Morningstar Farm in Copake, NY). Andrew lives at Powisset with his partner Steph, a farmer at Allendale Farm in Brookline. We are thrilled to have Andrew in this role; he is excited about the new challenge and looking forward to growing delicious produce for everyone to enjoy. 

Andrew Kelly, new Powisset CSA Manager
We have posted the Assistant CSA Manager position and will fill that role in the next few months in time for spring. In the meantime, Andrew is busy with the crop plan, ordering seed, maintaining equipment, and all the other great winter work of planning for the growing season. He can be reached at - if you have any thoughts or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. CSA members are such an important part of our farm community and we value your feedback! 

**As Andrew is planning for the 2018 season, it does help us to know how many members we are growing for, especially as we order seeds and supplies. If you are ready to renew your membership, please do! We'd love to have you back, and it's so helpful to know our numbers sooner in the planning process. Signup here for your 2018 share!   

Powisset has long had a tradition of growing great farmers. Since our CSA started in 2007, many former apprentices have gone on to manage their own farms across New England. We are so pleased one of our own farmers will fill a leadership role right here at Powisset, and we’re looking forward to a great 2018 season. 


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy Belated New Year!

I have to admit, I am belated wishing you all a Happy New Year! I blame it on the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the snow and some nasty colds. We hope you had a lovely holiday season and are enjoying the "spring-like" weather today.

Just because the fields have been put to bed, doesn't mean Powisset programs have been. We have a ton of stuff going on this winter from cooking to astronomy, to our annual St. Patty's Day music and dance performance. Here is a sneak peek of the upcoming month but I urge you to visit our web site to see them all.

January 20th: Pot Pies at Powisset: If any of you visited the Powisset Cafe this summer, you know what a great chef Julia Kelehan is. Well, join Julia in the kitchen while we warm up with pot pies. Leave here with your very own, to share with your family...or keep for yourself!

January 27th: Knife Skills for the Home Cook: Join award-winning Chef Didi Emmons (yes, Didi who made delicious meals at the Friday Farm Dinners), while she show us the correct and safest way to use knives, the most basic skill that all home or professional chefs need to have.

January 30th: Hot Stuff: An Indian Cooking Class & Meal: There are only a few more spots left at this class where native of India, Shruti Mehta, will take us to her home through our palates. She not only will show us how easy it is to make extremely flavorful dishes but she shares information about customs and traditions, geography, and other fun facts.

February 3rd: Hugs + Knishes: We have all been to the famous Zaftigs Delicatessen, right?  Well, Bob Shuman, owner and founder of Zaftigs will be coming to us! Bob will show us how to make knishes with a variety of different fillings. 

We hope to see you around the farm!