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Beverly, MA – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) today announced the opening of their newest Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) in Massachusetts at Moraine Farm in Beverly. 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 Moraine farmers share in both the risks and the many rewards of the growing season, which include weekly access to delicious, locally grown, nutritious vegetables – all grown without synthetic chemicals or pesticides.
This year’s Moraine Farm CSA season will begin in early June and run through late October. Share pick ups are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 2 PM – 7 PM at Moraine Farm located on Cabot Street in Beverly. Shares are just the right size for one or two adults who enjoy vegetables, a small family with limited time to cook, or someone new to CSA who wants to start out with a small share.
CSA crops planned for 2011 include arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, broccoli raab, carrots, cantaloupe, cauliflower, cabbages, sweet corn, chard, collard greens, celery, celery root, cucumbers, edamame, eggplant, escarole, fennel, herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, marjoram, parsley, summer savory, sage), kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, onions, potatoes, peas, pie pumpkins, parsnips, peppers, radishes, radicchio, sweet potatoes, spinach, scallions, summer squash, salad turnips, tomatoes (slicing and cherry), watermelon, winter squash and zucchini. There will be peas, cherries tomatoes and pie pumpkins available as pick-your-own crops.
For current Trustees members, a full share costs $500 for the season. For nonmembers, a full share costs $550, 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, and 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 Moraine Farm CSA shares are available now! Sign up by visiting our website www.thetrustees.org/morainefarm. For questions about the Moraine Farm CSA please contact CSA manager Gretta Anderson at 978.969.1738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on The Trustees of Reservations’ 100 properties, our programs, or special events please visit www.thetrustees.org.
The Trustees and Farms
The Trustees have long supported protection of prime farmland throughout the Commonwealth. In addition to owning and managing 15 working farms statewide and 40 agricultural properties, The Trustees also operate a 300-member CSA at Powisset Farm in Dover, an 800-member CSA at Appleton Farms in Ipswich and Hamilton, and three new CSA operations this season at Weir River Farm in Hingham, The Bradley Estate (Cherry Hill Farm) in Canton, and Moraine Farm in Beverly.
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.