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Dover, MA – May 30, 2014 – If you’ve been curious about all the flurry of activity at Powisset Farm this season, Powisset Barn has just undergone a major expansion, adding exciting features and programs to this treasured neighborhood farm. The barn now features a state-of-the-art kitchen designed to host fresh and exciting hands-on cooking workshops and events. It also features expanded offices and meeting space, an enhanced farmers market & CSA pick up area, and two ADA-accessible restrooms. Visitors will also be able to enjoy expanded pick-your-own flower beds and raspberries this summer.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating this much-needed expansion at one of our most iconic community farms,” says Trustees President and CEO Barbara Erickson. “Since we first opened the farm to the public in June of 2008, it has rapidly grown to become a vibrant gathering place and community treasure for Dover residents and beyond, carrying on its former owner Amelia Peabody’s wishes and important legacy. Powisset Farm was one of the first to launch the local food movement in Greater Boston. We look forward to contributing to its next chapter with the exciting programs and services we now have planned.”
Mirroring the goals of local sustainable farming, this exciting renovation is itself a model of self-sufficiency. All heat and electricity to power the electric induction stovetop is powered with rooftop solar panels and the walls, floor, and ceiling of the new space are packed with foam and cellulose insulation to make heating and cooling incredibly efficient. Just like the food, the energy is produced locally on site to support The Trustees of Reservations’ net zero energy farming goals.
The Trustees started their successful CSA program at Powisset Farm in 2007 with 100 shares. Now, it has grown to 400 shareholders and has a growing waiting list. For those who don’t have a share, The Trustees are pleased to announced an expanded Farmers Market space in the barn designed to serve more area residents who are looking for access to local, fresh, organically grown produce. Farmers Market hours are Tuesdays from 1:30–6:30PM, Thursdays from 10AM-6:30PM and Saturdays from 10AM–5PM, June through October.
Trustees 2013 Employee of the Year and Powisset Farm Manager Meryl LaTronica adds: “We are so excited about the changes and growth at Powisset Farm. Our farm and community will grow as we connect with more people through food and farm-based educational programming. We are happy to welcome visitors seven days a week from dawn to dusk to enjoy the farm and also invite those who are interested to come to our volunteer drop-ins on Saturday mornings from 8AM-12Noon.
The Trustees also plan to launch a Powisset Cooks! Program featuring regular cooking classes with area guest chefs later this summer. In addition, a mobile farmers market and first-ever “small” size CSA share are also in the final planning stages. “Thanks to our amazing staff, a new full-time Educator at the farm – Rachel Kaplan – and the barn expansion and renovation, we are excited to serve even more community members and visitors with a wide variety of programs and opportunities for all ages,” says Mike Francis, Trustees Superintendent, Charles River Valley Management Unit. “There are few agricultural properties in the Greater Boston area that offer so many features all in one farm.”
More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, historic, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the world’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation non profits. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 113 spectacular reservations including working farms, historic homesteads and landscaped gardens, community parks, barrier beaches, mountain vistas and woodland trials located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. An established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and worldwide, The Trustees have also worked with community partners to protect an additional 34,000 acres. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events annually designed to engage all ages in its mission, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit: www.thetrustees.org.