Re: [Urban-Homesteaders] New Urban Homesteaders Facebook Group

From: Andrea
Sent on: Thursday, June 11, 2009 4:27 PM

Hello-

There are actually a large number of CSA farms in the general Boston/eastern MA area. I would think pretty much any farm that offers CSA shares would be sold out at this point in the season, however, so that would be something to think about for next year. There are a lot of local farmers' markets to support in the meantime.
This is a link to the NOFA site that lists a lot of CSA's in this area:  http://www.nofamass.org/programs/csa/csa.php
I don't have a car but have taken public transit to volunteer multiple times at the Waltham Fields Community Farm: http://www.communityfarms.org/   There is also a farm in Brookline which I have never been to: http://www.allandalefarm.com/index.html
As well as several accessible via commuter rail in Concord or Lincoln, such as http://www.gainingground.org/     
A fun place to go that also has rehabilitating animals is Drumlin Farm in Lincoln: http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/Sanctuaries/Drumlin_Farm/activities.php
Ok, that should be enough for now!
-Andrea

-----Original Message-----
From: Sean <[address removed]>
Sent: Jun 11,[masked]:45 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [Urban-Homesteaders] New Urban Homesteaders Facebook Group

What about organizing a CSA?  Has this concept gotten to Boston, yet?

Here is an organization coordinating CSA's in NYC:
  http://www.justfood.org/csa/

This works stunningly well and the concept can be extended beyond food.  If you aren't familiar with it, it's a going to be a key concept for urban homesteading.


-Sean.
--- On Thu, 6/11/09, susanna <[address removed]> wrote:

From: susanna <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [Urban-Homesteaders] New Urban Homesteaders Facebook Group
To: [address removed]
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009, 2:38 PM

Hi Urban Homesteaders,

I have only just begun to learn about the whole idea of emphasizing local foods in my diet, from local farms and through food coops and farmers markets. I don't know much about the resources around Boston (beyond once-a-week farmer's markets in different areas that I found a list of). I was thinking it might be really fun for us all to take some field trips to some vibrant markets around Boston, but also maybe to find out whether there are actually farms that one can visit. I can try to do all of the research on discovering food coops and things like that by myself, but it would be more fun to discover these things with other people who are also interested in local food and maybe exchanging recipes and tips for cooking those local foods.

I would also love it if we could maybe arrange some cool workshops or classes to take together (hopefully defraying the cost and making it possible to do a workshop on our own schedule - rather than waiting for one to come up). I'd be interested in a sewing workshop (I want to make my own simple clothes and things), a baking class (I'm still no good at baking bread, especially whole grain breads - I've been trying to do it by hand and don't want to give in and get a bread machine), any kind of interesting cooking class... Maybe a cheese making class? I know they have cooking schools around and we could find out how much it would be (if others are interested too) to arrange a group class for one night or on a Sunday or something.

I would be up for a trip to Haymarket. I've never been there. Supposedly it's great.

Of course, since I'm new to Boston, maybe everyone here knows about these things and this is all old news... but I just thought I'd throw them out there.

susanna




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