Sharon, MA – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) today announced the opening of their newest Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) in Massachusetts at the Bradley Estate in Canton. Growing in popularity around the nation with demand significantly outpacing supply, CSAs offer community members the opportunity to buy fresh, local, seasonal food directly from a farmer by purchasing a “share” in the farm. Shareholders “buy into” the farm as members at the start of the growing season, and in exchange receive a weekly allotment of the farm’s harvest. Shareholders and The Trustees share in both the risks (such as a dry or rainy summer) and the many rewards of the growing season, which include weekly access to delicious, locally grown, nutritious vegetables, pick your own fruits and bountiful flowers – all grown organically without synthetic chemicals or pesticides.
This year’s City Harvest CSA season will run for 10 weeks, from July 9 to September 10. Share pick ups are scheduled on Saturdays of each week, from 9am to 12pm at The Bradley Estate located at 2468B Washington Street (Route 138) in Canton, MA 02021. Beginning in July, shareholders will receive a mix of the following: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Bok Choi, Broccoli, Cabbage, Calaloo, Carrots, Collards, Cucumbers, Flowers, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Radishes, Summer Squash, Scallions, and Spinach. From August – September, shareholders will receive a mix of the following: Beans, Beets, Calaloo, Carrots, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Flowers, Herbs, Husk Cherry, Kale, Lettuce, Melons, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Scallions, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, and Tomatoes.
Pick-your-own crops will include peas, herbs, flowers, cherry tomatoes, and strawberries, enabling shareholders to engage children and other family members in the experience, get to know the City Harvest Youth Corps farmers and learn more about agriculture and how things grow. Volunteers are welcome every Saturday morning from 9-11AM from May 7 through June 18.
For current Trustees members, a full share costs $250 for the season. For nonmembers, a full share costs $285, and includes a Trustees Membership. Trustees’ members enjoy many additional advantages such as discounted admission to our more than 100 reservations, discounts on Trustees bed & breakfasts and stays at Tully Lake Campground, discounts on hundreds of events and programs across the state, from guided walks, lectures, and concerts to special programs just for kids and much more.
The City Harvest CSA lottery is open until April 15, 2011. The Trustees will randomly select first-year shareholders during the week of April 18. Shareholders chosen through the lottery will be notified by email shortly thereafter. For more information on the City Harvest Youth Corps CSA and online form, visit: www.thetrustees.org/cityharvest.
For those not interested in a share but interested in purchasing produce from the farm, The Trustees City Harvest Youth Corps sell produce at nearby farmers markets in Stoughton, Dorchester and Mattapan. Visit the website above for specific dates and hours of operation.
The CSA program will be run entirely by The City Harvest Youth Corps, an innovative “green jobs” program now in its fourth year at The Trustees. The program connects teens to the land and local food through hands-on, agricultural experiences, all while building critical work and leadership skills. The youth members take on all of the jobs at the farm – planting, weeding, and hoeing in the fields, as well as sales and customer service through the farmers market and CSA. The youth members have also become teachers and mentors through a partnership with the Mattapan, Blue Hills, and Yawkey Way Boys & Girls Clubs, through which the Youth Corps teens work with the Boys & Girls Club students in the farm fields once a week, and then continue the lessons in the classroom.
For its first three seasons, the City Harvest Youth Corps program was based at The Trustees’ Powisset Farm in Dover. Now the program has an opportunity to move to the Bradley Estate in Canton, making it even more accessible. In just three short years the program has offered farm-based educational programming for more than 250 children, accumulated more than 200 volunteer hours from partner organizations, and served hundreds people who are able to buy fresh produce from the youth at the Mattapan Farmers Market.
The Trustees and Farms
The Trustees have long supported protection of prime farmland throughout the Commonwealth. In addition to owning and managing 13 working farms statewide and 40 agricultural properties, The Trustees also operate a 300-member CSA at Powisset Farms in Dover, a 500-member CSA at Appleton Farms in Ipswich and Hamilton, a new CSA opening at Weir River Farm in Hingham this season. At Long Hill in Beverly, The Trustees lease farmland to the Lincoln-based Food Project, an innovative program that brings urban and suburban youth together to grow produce for local farm stands and hunger relief organizations. In addition to the new CSA at the Bradley Estate in Canton, The Trustees also provide farmland on the property to Brookwood Community Farm. More CSAs are planned at Morraine Farm in Beverly and other Trustees properties in the future.
The Trustees in the Southeast
In the Southeastern part of the state, The Trustees have protected more than 10,000 acres in the last decade, and own and manage 37 properties, including working farms such as Powisset Farm, Weir River Farm, and Moose Hill Farm; tranquil woodlands such as Rocky Woods, Rocky Narrows, Whitney Thayer Woods, Copicut Woods, and Noanet Woodlands, formal gardens and historic homesteads such as the Bradley Estate in Canton and the Old Manse in Concord, and beautiful landscapes such as World’s End in Hingham .
More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100,000 members like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 105 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts.
All Trustees reservations are open for the public to enjoy and range from working farms and historic homesteads – several of which are National Historic Landmarks – to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, mountain vistas, and a Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, the Doyle Center, which serves as a meeting space and gathering place for the conservation community.
The Trustees also work to promote healthy, active, green communities around the state, by providing hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the history, nature, and culture of the Commonwealth. Most programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.
Accredited by the Land Trust Alliance, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. In addition to its many reservations spanning 26,000 acres, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 additional acres (a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts), and have worked with community partners to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres around the Commonwealth.
One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 152 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out more and/or become a member, please contact www.thetrustees.org.