A Celebration of Spring for All Ages

On Saturday May 4th, we celebrated spring by reconnecting with the land and community through planting, sharing a meal, and expressing gratitude for earth’s renewal.  There was a wonderful turnout of friends and volunteers to see the progress and changes that have occurred over the last year at Colchester Neighborhood Farm.

Activities included planting, potluck lunch, visiting with our young cashmere goat kids and the other animals, creating clay art projects, growing a sunflower project, getting away from it all by taking a quiet walk through our labyrinth, Kerrie tending to her new hive of honey bees, and a perennial plant share.

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Annual Harvest Gathering for CSA Members & Supporters

On Sunday, October 21st, Colchester Neighborhood Farm held its Annual Harvest Gathering Open House.  There was a wonderful turnout of CSA Members and Supporters.

The Open House included a Potluck Lunch of favorite dishes for sharing.   There was also Tours, Yoga in the Field, a Cooking Demo, Donor and Supporter Recognition, a Beekeeping Presentation, & more…  Hayrides and Music were ongoing throughout the day!!

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CONGRATS to the Soule Homestead

CONGRATS  to the Soule Homestead for being able to carry on in providing wonderful experiences to the community!

The Soule Homestead Education Center, which has leased the Soule/Guidoboni Farm at 46 Soule St. in Middleboro for the last 20 years, was granted another 10-year lease by a unanimous vote of the Board of Selectmen on Monday.

A Look Back at 2011…

Now that we’re into the short days and cold temperatures of the winter season, here’s a look back at the successes of the sheep, chickens, and rabbits.  The pictures below are a display of all the ribbons won by the farm animals during the summer 2011 show season.  CONGRATULATIONS!!

Harvest Fair and Folk Festival

If you were at our 6th Annual Potluck gathering last October, you may remember hearing Sue Anderson & Frank Albani on the sound stage.  Fortunately, you can hear them again!  They will be playing at the Beal House (South Shore Folk Music Club) in Kingston on Friday, Sept. 16th.
After they play for about 30 minutes, there will be an open mic segment then The Perrys will play, then more open mic. 
The show starts at 8pm and there’s an $8 cover charge. 
Visit the South Shore Folk Music site (ssfmc) for more info on traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music.

Most of you know that Frank is Farmer Frank Albani, Exec Director and great grower at the Soule Homestead.
We occasionally have some of Frank’s produce in our CSA share. We plan to have some of his eggplant this week.
Sue Anderson is an administrator at the Homestead as well as teacher of the basket weaving classes that we held here at CNF last fall. 

Help Soule Homestead celebrate their 20th anniversary by attending the Harvest Fair and Folk Festival next weekend~~see their site for details; www.soulehomestead.org

Bluegrass On The Bogs

Looking for a fun local family event?
Check out the 6th annual Bluegrass on the Bogs taking place May 20-22, 2011.

Bluegrass On The Bogs, a non-traditional, acoustic festival, showcases some of the most talented musicians in the region.  This weekend-long event provides outstanding music, workshops, children’s activities, great food, artisan vendors, holistic treatments, fireside jams, beachfront yoga and stretching, silent auction, raffles, and more!

www.bluegrassonthebogs.com

And the winner is…

The grand prize raffle winners drawn during the 10th Anniversary Celebration Harvest Potluck are:

Farm Share – Kellie Redding of Plymouth
Egg Share – Michele Waite of Mansfield
They are both thrilled to have won!

To see an entire album of photos click here —-> Harvest Potluck Album

Here are some emails about how successful the event was:

From Member Kerrie…
Thanks for the great day yesterday.  Everything was beautifully organized and looked terrific.  Best farm event yet!!

From Member Ellen…
What a wonderful event you created with last Saturday’s harvest fest.  The food was just yummy and very creative.  I hope some will share their recipes like Chef Carol’s chowder and Amity’s chicken gumbo soup!  The music was entertaining and the wool spinning was interesting.  You have really expanded that farm over the past few years.  Thank you and Ron for all your hard work!
P.S. Looking forward to Saturday’s basket weaving class 🙂

Harvest Gathering

Had a great time at our 5th Annual Harvest Potluck Gathering !

Great weather, friends and food!

Welcome to Summer!

Well, this is the official start of summer and we’ve been busy, busy, busy down at Colchester!  So busy, in fact, that we haven’t been great at updating!  We’ll do our best to keep things moving along here, but we have to stay ahead of those weeds, too!

Here are a couple of pictures from the May 16th Food Fair at Colchester.  Beth Corbett of Ladies Choice Farm brought our her adorable kids and does (and yes, we mean animals here!) so that everyone could enjoy their antics.  They got to play on one of our haystacks and entertained us all.

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Brush Burning Party 2009

Thank you to everyone who came last Saturday in such iffy weather and lent a hand for the big burn and the smaller tasks too. The major task of the day was handily accomplished!  We got the big piles burned! After everyone left, it started to sprinkle again around 3:30 and Ron stayed til about 4:30 to make sure the fires were safely out.

We did a little planting, worked on the wattle fence, shucked bean seeds, took soil samples, gave all of the animals of the barnyard lots of attention that they’ve been sorely missing over the winter, and some of us even got to see first hand Dapple’s protective Super-Donkey skills!

Thanks for joining us for veggie soup, and special thanks to Grille-Master Frank for tending to the grilled Colchester raised sausage and chicken.

WE can look forward to warmer weather next time….

Thanks again, Connie and Ron

Check out some pictures from the brush burning party below!

The kids kept the hens well-fed.

The kids kept the hens well-fed.

Dapple loved all the attention she received!

Dapple loved all the attention she received!

Despite the damp weather, the fires kept burning!

Despite the damp weather, the fires kept burning!

Pete's wattle fence is going to be beautiful!

Pete's wattle fence is going to be beautiful!

Now that's a fire!

Now that's a fire!

Pete and the boys tending their fire.

Pete and the boys tending their fire.

Is lunch ready yet, Frank?

Is lunch ready yet, Frank?

Some of the crew enjoys a break from the smoke.

Some of the crew enjoys a break from the smoke.

Dapple is ready for her close-up!

Dapple is ready for her close-up!

Colchester Harvest Festival

Here are a few images from our wonderfully successful Harvest Festival this weekend!  We had a beautiful time despite the suddenly-cool weather and it was a great chance for all of our farmboxers to meet and greet each other.  Members went home with local Vermont honey, Jerusalem Artichokes (and oh boy there are SO MANY more!), Strawberries, Watercress, and full tummies! These lovely pictures were taken by Michael, and we’d love to share YOURS with your fellow farm-boxers.  If you have any pictures from the event, please email them to Taylor or Connie.

Thanks Everyone!

-Taylor

 

Miss Anne samples the hot cider

Family Photo Op

Simba gets some much-appreciated attention!

Farm Thanks