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Happy New Year! Snow has finally fallen at historic Jacobs Farm- covering our historic fields and stonewalls, our barns, greenhouse & low tunnels in a beautiful white blanket. As we hibernate indoors, we at Norwell Farms are already dreaming of Spring and our 7th growing season together! We spend our winter days pouring over seed catalogs, field maps, planning this season’s farm bounty, our community events, education programs and begin the process of hiring seasonal staff. Winter is also the time we reflect on all that we have accomplished as a young community farm and pen our annual business plan. We will be hosting an Annual Meeting in early March to review our plans for the year- all Friends of the Farm will be invited, so stay tuned! Read on for more information about the goings on at Norwell Farms this year!
– Nikki Bartley, Farm Director
Note from our Farmer:
As the 2016 growing season begins, so does my 4th year at Norwell Farms. My wife Elise and I love being a part of the Norwell community and we are 
proud of the progress that we have made building our community farm. With help from our generous CSA members, board members + hard working staff, we have rejuvenated the historic Jacobs Farm back to a working, organic vegetable farm. Taken together, we have accomplished an incredible amount of work these past three seasons. Elise and I are expecting our first baby in April, and we are excited to grow our family at Norwell Farms!
 
Going into season four as your farmer, however, there is still more work to be done. We will be focusing on fine-tuning our growing practices and prioritizing what you, our CSA members and farm stand patrons- are asking us for. Based on your survey responses last fall, we will be adding:
  • More choice for CSA members. This year, we will choose half of the weekly crops for you and you will choose the other half.
  •  Expanded hours  In 2016, Norwell Farms will be open for business Wednesday through Sunday. You will choose your CSA pick on either a weekday pickup (Wednesday-Friday) or a weekend pickup (Saturday-Sunday) during normal business hours.
  • More staples that you use the most. We will be growing more potatoes, onions, tomatoes, summer  and winter squashes, potatoes  and leafy greens, carrots, beets + culinary herbs. Don’t worry about losing the variety in our CSA, however, you will still have choice of more exotic vegetables that we love growing too!
  • Eggs, pork, bread, flowers—you want more of it! This season, we are partnering with other local farms- DaSilva Farm in Berkley, MA to provide CSA members with the highest quality, free-range, non-GMO eggs, bread from Hearth Artisan Bakery + local flower bouquets from Cross Street Flower Farm and more!
- Scott Franklin
   2016 CSA Registration is
    NOW OPEN
for all returning CSA Members. Registration for the public will open on February 1st. This year you can sign up on our website with a credit card.
Bringing Home the Bacon Class
 
We're excited to announce that we still have limited space available for our Bringing Home the Bacon Class at Good Life Kitchen in Norwell! This class will include lessons on curing and smoking your own bacon, plus each participant will bring home 2 lbs of his or her own bacon. The dates are January 28 from 7-9pm, or January 30 from 10-12 or 2-4.  To sign up, check out: www.norwellfarms.com/pork-eggs/.
We are looking for two new members to join our community farm team! If you are interested in joining a group of motivated farmers in Norwell, now is your chance!
 
Farm Educator:
We are hiring a Farm Educator to run our summer farm program for kids at the farm! Please see our job posting online here and spread the word!
 
Volunteer, Social Media & Marketing Help:
We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to join our community farm team to help us create and publish our print + online marketing materials for our nonprofit events + programs. We are looking for someone who is comfortable working with websites, design programs, social media + interfacing with media and vendors. Seasonal workload, averaging 2-5 hours/week.  Send email with interest and background summary to: nikki@norwellfarms.org
Mark Your Calendars!!!
Here is the line up of community events Norwell Farms will be hosting in 2016:
  • Wake Up the Farm Spring Event
    • Saturday May 21st
  • 2nd Annual Seedling Sale
    • Saturday + Sunday, May 14-15th and Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22nd
  • 3rd Annual Farm to Fork Dinner
    • Friday, September 16th
  • 4th Annual Harvest Festival
    • Sunday, October 16th
  • 2nd Annual A Winter Gathering: Holidays at Norwell Farms
    • Sunday, December 4th
Historic Well Discovered 
at Jacobs Farm!

2015 was a season of many firsts, not the least of which being the arrival of pigs to the farm. Three Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs arrived in early June and quickly became the talk of Norwell Farms. They dined on windfall apples, acorns + plenty of organic vegetables.  They also loved rooting around behind the barns and cleared the area of centuries worth of brambles and perennial weeds. As Scott and his Assistant Farm Manager, Seumus Rull, were disassembling the temporary pig fencing in late November after the pigs went to market, Seumus fell into a hole behind the East Barn- and discovered an old stone well that the pigs had unearthed! 
 
After alerting the Town’s Historical Society & Historic New England, we have unearthed some interesting bits of history about Jacobs Farm and share it in the link below. Curl up with your cup of tea and enjoy! www.norwellfarms.org/historicwell

 
 
Norwell Farms has been selected as a Farm Partner of Blue Barn- a new local non-profit. In 2016, Blue Barn will provide five local families with CSA shares to Norwell Farms! Thank you, Blue Barn! 

The Blue Barn Farm Share Program was established in 2015 by local mom and farmer, Kaysea Hart. Their mission is simple: to raise funds to provide families with no fee, farm food while providing local farms market rate compensation for the food they grow. Many local farms are struggling to make ends meet and so are many families in South Eastern Massachusetts. For more information and to help support Blue Barn visit: http://www.bluebarnfarm.org or email  kaysea@bluebarnfarm.org.
Farewell to Carrie Dolmat-Connell, a Dear Friend of Norwell Farms
Pictured above:  Scott Franklin, his sister Stephanie Dolmat-Connell and Carrie.
It is with deepest sadness that we mark the passing of Scott Franklin’s mother, Carrie Dolmat- Connell, this past December. Carrie was an inspiration to everyone she met, and so central to Scott’s choice to become a farmer. Pictured above with Scott and his sister, Stephanie Dolmat-Connell, Carrie was well known for her great love of the outdoors and was a consummate adventurer. She loved to garden and often would be seen riding either her orange Kubota or her blue New Holland tractors, affectionately known as “Chuck”. She was a dedicated and knowledgeable arborist and enjoyed the trees she studied surrounding her home, as well as those at numerous arboretums. Carrie eagerly helped out in the fields at Norwell Farms, attended our annual farm to fork dinners and helped Scott run his farmers markets on the weekends. Her infectious smile, easy laughter, and generosity of spirit will be greatly missed at Norwell Farms. 
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Norwell, MA  02061

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