Needham Community Farm Committee

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The mission of the Needham Community Farm Committee is to create a center for environmental education for the Needham community, with a focus on teaching organic farming methods and sustainable living practices. These are tools which we believe will become increasingly necessary in our changing world.


The first step towards realizing this mission was taken the spring of 2008 with the establishment of a pilot program at 1147 Central Avenue, adjacent to the Needham Historical Society. Newman Elementay School students helped committee and community volunteers to prepare, plant and care for the gardens. Most of the harvested produce was donated to the Needham Community Counsel Food Pantry.


We are currently seeking a larger site to realize our mission of providing educational programs for all Needham residents. The Nike site off of Pine Street is the location we would like to use. We recently began a petition meant to show that there is broad support for a community farm and education center. To read about the petition: Needham Community Farm Committee/Petition


For more information about the Needham Community Farm visit our website: www.needhamfarm.org


If you are interested in getting involved with this project, contact Debbie Schmill at mannschmill@rcn.com


UPDATES

May 15, 2009:

1. Pilot Program - The Newman gardens are looking fabulous. Students are having a great time getting their hands dirty, searching for earth worms and planting a variety of seeds ( salad mix, carrots, radishes, zucchini, tomatoes, herbs, flowers and more). Volunteers are needed to help with the watering schedule for this summer. Anyone interested should contact Debbie Schmill at mannschmill@rcn.com. There will also be weekly group weeding sessions this summer for anyone interested.

2. Nike Site - A new proposal was delivered to Superintendent Gutekanst on Monday May 4th. The proposal is for temporary use of the site for farm-based educational programs.

3. Mitchell School Project - We are collaborating with the Mitchell School and Trustees of Reservations to implement a farm-based education program for 2nd-4th graders at the Mitchell School. The program will include classroom activities as well as trips to Powisset Farm in Dover. NEF has accepted the grant application to fund the project.