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“Among the changing months, May stands confest The sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed.”

- James Thomson

We will keep this short and sweet.   We have so much going on in May there is no time for writing!  The main events are:

  • May 6: Volunteer in the Learning Garden
  • May 13: Wake Up the Farm
  • May 13 & 14: Seedling Sale
  • May 20 & 21: Seedling Sale

Ongoing we have Little Homesteaders & Storytime nearly every week at the farm in May.  

To top it off, the baby chicks (now chicken teenagers) & our new farm bunny, Cookies n Cream, will be moving to their new homes at Norwell Farms.  Come visit us in May!

But first we have some farm news:
It is with great excitement and sadness that we want to share the following news with you.  Despite the incredible competition in her field, Scott’s wife, Elise, has been offered a once in a lifetime post-doctorate job opportunity in Louisiana.  

The family at Norwell Farms is so excited for the Franklin’s for this wonderful opportunity while at the same time we are sad to have to say good-bye to our longtime friend and farmer Scott.  Please read Scott’s letter below.  

Know despite Scott’s leaving, Norwell Farms is in great hands with our extremely competent Assistant Farm Manager of several years, Seumas, taking over and that despite not seeing Scott’s face around the field, Seumas and the non-profit are working closely together to ensure that you as a CSA member or Norwell Farm’s supporter won’t see a change in services at the farm.

We wish the Franklin’s all the best in this exciting change and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for all of the dedication, time and care they have put into the farm these past 5 years!!  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the transition, please feel free to email us at info@norwellfarms.org

--Norwell Farms

Special Message from Farmer Scott & His Family

Over the past four seasons I have gotten to know many of you who support Norwell, whether as a member of our CSA, a passerby at the market, or as a volunteer on the farm. What makes Norwell Farms so strong is the diverse patchwork of remarkable people who have helped foster a true community spirit on Jacobs Lane. When I first started at the farm in 2013, there were a few scattered tools, a cultivating tractor, and some fence supplies lying around. I took a look at the assortment of items and thought that this farm had enormous potential. Now, during my fifth season at the farm, with your help and a lot of hard work and sweat equity, Norwell Farms has a 200-plus member CSA, we participate in the Braintree and Roslindale Farmers Markets, and we sell our produce to many restaurants on the South Shore.

Looking back, I can say with pride that Norwell Farms has been an amazing community and opportunity for our young family. It is with great pleasure that I can announce that our family is moving to Louisiana this summer for my wife to pursue her career as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in European History at the University of Louisiana! While we are sad to leave this incredible community, we are excited for the opportunities that lay ahead of us.

While this is certainly a huge change for our family, the farming operations at Norwell Farms have never been stronger or in better hands. I am thrilled to say that our current Assistant Farm Manager, Seumas Trull, will take over my role as Farm Manager at Norwell Farms starting in mid-July. The day-to-day operations will look the same for all of our customers, whether as a CSA customer or at the markets. The only difference is that I will not be the face of the farm after the middle of July. 

Seumas comes from the Garden State and from a vibrant farming background. He has worked at several large-scale (100+ acres) farms before joining our team two years ago. During the start of his third season here, Seumas helped to create our 2017 crop plan and managed our bustling greenhouse during the spring months. I have full confidence in his farming abilities and I know that he will continue stewarding the farm in the right direction. Plus, I can say that he is the best employee a boss could ever ask for; his work ethic and positive attitude make him a joy to have on the farm every day.

 
Lastly, I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has given me and our crew kind words, letters of support, and plenty of hot coffee throughout the seasons.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions at scott@norwellfarms.com.  I hope to see all of you at your first CSA pickup!

 
-Scott, Elise & Calla
 
Wake Up the Farm - May 13th
Join us on Saturday, May 13 from 9am - 12pm for our annual “Wake Up the Farm” spring festival.  This is a fun, family-friendly, free event!

Our farmers will be selling organically grown seedlings, and our educational staff will be on hand to offer free advice and demonstrations to help you get your home garden up and running for the season.  Kids activities include farm animals, a bounce house, and other farm-themed fun!

Participants:

Food and drinks will be available for sale from Vela Juice Bar and The Rolling Roost!

Special thanks to our community partners, Busy Bee Jumpers & Tents who have donated a bounce house for our event!


Volunteers Needed!
If you are able to help volunteer to set up, clean up or help during the event, please sign up to help:
Volunteer for Wake Up the Farm
 
JUNE 3: MAKE YOUR OWN BABY FOOD
Making your own baby's first foods is easy, healthy, and affordable! You'll learn just how simple great tasting purees and finger foods can be, master simple flexible recipes that you'll use time and again, and get some great storage and freezing strategies. The 90-minute course is led by DeeDee Tobias who has a doctorate in nutrition, but more importantly she has tested this all on her own two little ones.   

JUNE 17:  VEGETABLE  FERMENTATION
Fermentation is the transformation of food via microbes.  It's been used for thousands of years as great way to preserve vegetables.  The process of fermentation also increases the nutritional value of the food and makes it easier to digest.  But best of all it's easy to do in your own kitchen.  In this 90-minute workshop we will demonstrate how to make sauerkraut and a brine ferment
 

JULY 13: GROWING CUT FLOWERS
Have you dreamed of growing beautiful cutting flowers to brighten your home all season long.  If so, please join Nikki Bartley of Cross Street Flower Farm to learn what to plant for cut flower growing, how to harvest for bouquets, and simple flower arranging.  Cross Street Flower Farm grows over 50 varieties of specialty-cut flowers.  They farm without the use of chemicals or pesticides, using only organic and sustainable methods.

JULY 15: BEE KEEPING 101
Join us for a 90-minute workshop on Backyard Beekeeping.  The decline of the honeybee has prompted many enthusiasts to start their own backyard beehive.  Find out if this is for you.  We will cover where to get proper training on beekeeping, costs of establishing your own beehive and basics of honeybees and honey production.  Plan to leave knowing more about honeybees and whether this hobby is for you. 
Register for Workshops
Join Us for Volunteer Day in the Learning Garden
SATURDAY, MAY 6 FROM 9 A.M. TO 12 NOON

We will be joining forces with a local alumni group to work on the learning gardens and continue working on the gathering area behind the barns.  There will be weeding, planting, pruning, and possibly some carpentry.  Be sure to bring work gloves, water, sunscreen, and any pruning or gardening tools if you have them.  

 
To RSVP for this event, or for more information about volunteer opportunities, please email hilary@norwellfarms.org.  
Meet our farm bunny, Cookies'n'Cream
Cookies'n'Cream joins us from another community farm where he's spent countless hours interacting with kids as part of their education programs. 

He's an English Spot mix and a bit over a year old.  His mother, Marshmallow, was an English Spot but his father, Greyfur, was not.   


He's very sweet and loves having his head petted.  We are very happy to have his join us at the farm.
Our Summer Farms Days program is almost all sold out--three sessions are already full with others getting close to capacity.  Story Time & Little Homesteaders continue in May and we'd love to see you!

Summer Farm Days 
Hands-on farming, animal care, and fun -  all on our working farm (K-5th graders).  Spaces remaining in each session as of this mailing:
  • Session 1 (June 12-14): 5 spaces
  • Session 2 (June 19-21): 4 spaces
  • Session 3 (June 28-30): FULL
  • Session 4 (July 10-12): FULL
  • Session 5 (July 24-26): FULL

Story Time 
Join a farm educator for a story, visit the chickens & bunny, and walk around the farm (PreK with an adult).
More information

Little Homesteaders 
Little ones will help with farm chores, care for our animals, plant some vegetables, and do a craft.  (PreK with an adult).
More information
Thank You Norwell Highway Department!
A big thank you to Glenn Ferguson and the Town of Norwell Highway Department. We had some large debris items that were even too big for our tractors to remove from the fields and the Highway Department came out and helped us out.

We caught up with them to thank them in person today when they were back at Jacobs Homestead with a beautiful tree to replace one that had come down in the past.

We are lucky to have such great support in Norwell.

Around Norwell Farms

You may have noticed that we offer great discounts and early registration to our education programs for 2017 Friends of the Farm. This is to acknowledge the support which allows us to hire education staff, feed our chickens, establish a learning garden, provide fresh produce to the Norwell Food Pantry, partner with the Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore, and more. Thank you!

Make a tax deductible donation of $50 or more to Norwell Farms today, and your family will enjoy these Friends of the Farm benefits in 2017:
  • $15 off our Farm Days Summer Program
  • Automatic entry in a lottery to win two free tickets to our annual Farm to Fork Dinner
  • Advance ticket purchase to our annual Farm to Fork Dinner
  • Priority registration and discounts on select education classes and events throughout the season
Norwell Farms is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Become a 2017 Friend of the Farm
The More You Know

More evidence that the key to allergy-free kids is giving them plenty of dirt


"...there's increasing evidence that farms have the best germs for preventing respiratory problems and allergic reactions later in life..."

People who grow up on farms -- especially dairy farms -- have way fewer allergy and asthma problems than the rest of us. Now one research team thinks they've brought science closer to understanding why.

In a study published Thursday in Science, researchers report that they were able to pinpoint one possible mechanism for the allergy protection in mice they studied. Surprisingly, the protein that they fingered as the likely allergy-preventer doesn't actually affect the immune system -- it affects the structural cells that make up the lining of the lung....

Read more via The Washington Post article by Rachel Feltman -->>

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