Sharon, MA – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) have officially opened Powisset Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA), located on Powisset Street in Dover. The first crop of vegetables was ready for pick up by shareholders last week. All surplus produce will be donated to local food pantries, including the Medfield Food Pantry, the Holliston Food Pantry and “A Place to Turn,” a food bank and pantry located in Natick. Donations to additional food pantries are planned for the future.
The Trustees, the nation’s oldest regional land trust and nonprofit conservation organization with 96 properties around the state, 15 of which are located in the Charles River Valley, purchased the farm from Amelia Peabody in 1987. The organization has managed and maintained the property ever since, helping to protect the rural, agricultural character of Dover.
Powisset Farm is open to the public year-round, daily from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. During the farm season (April – November), Powisset Farm is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Featuring a classic old barn, pond, pigs “Tinker” and “Molly” and 124 acres, visitors are welcome to stop by to see the pigs, walk around, look for turtles in the pond or volunteer in the fields. Many additional farm features and programs are being planned for the future, including a children?s garden, picnic tables, pick your own perennial garden, a “Farm Field Day” and additional walking trails. For more information, please stop by the farm or visit the Trustees at www.thetrustees.org.
Following all sustainable and organic farming practices, The Trustees’ CSA Program is designed to bring members of the community together as part owners and, if they wish, as volunteer laborers on the farm. Shareholders “buy a share” of the farm each season and are able to bring home a variety of fresh produce from mid-June through October. While Powisset Farm’s initial offering of 100 shares is full for the season, the farm is making 10–15 more shares available for anyone who might be interested. In addition, the Farm plans to offer 100 new shares next year. This year’s share prices are $525 for Trustees members and $575 for non members, an exceptional value for the bushels of fresh, locally grown, produce shareholders take home weekly. All who are interested in a share for this year, or putting their name on a waiting list for next year, should email Farm Manager Meryl LaTronica at email@example.com.
Small, locally owned farms in Massachusetts, like Powisset, are becoming a rare commodity as they face competition for land from real estate developers. However, the demand for locally grown food is rising as more people discover the important nutritional, environmental, cultural and lifestyle benefits local farms provide.
“As the owner of five farms across the Commonwealth we are working hard to keep agriculture part of the Massachusetts landscape,” says Trustees of Reservations President, Andrew Kendall. “We were thrilled at the chance to open a CSA at Powisset Farm, making locally grown produce available to local residents and further integrating the farm into the local community.”
The Trustees has long supported protection of prime farmland throughout the Commonwealth, but over the past several years has become active in its own agricultural pursuits. In addition to the Powisset CSA, The Trustees also operates a CSA Program at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, which has grown to 500 shareholders over the past five years. At Long Hill in Beverly, The Trustees partners with the Lincoln-based Food Project, an innovative program that brings urban and suburban youth together to grow produce for local farmstands and hunger relief organizations.
The idea to donate surplus produce from Powisset Farm to local area food pantries came from The Trustees’ ongoing mission to help underserved communities improve quality of life through exposure to the outdoors and healthy living. In addition, people like Westwood resident and longtime Trustees member, active volunteer and former Board Chairman Wiley Vaughan have also made it possible to donate shares. “Because I wasn’t able to use the shares myself, I bought two full shares and asked The Trustees to select a few worthy recipients who could use them,” says Wiley. “I am thrilled at the choice they made to donate to area food pantries, which are in constant need of food, especially in the category of fresh produce.”
About The Trustees of Reservations
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest regional land conservation trust and nonprofit conservation organization. Supported by more than 40,500 members, The Trustees protect Massachusetts’ natural and historic resources for everyone to enjoy. From working farms to historic homesteads, barrier beaches and mountain vistas, The Trustees own and manage nearly 25,000 acres on 96 reservations in 70 communities across Massachusetts, including five National Historic Landmarks, a National Natural Landmark, and seven properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on over 16,000 acres – more than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts – permanently protecting scenic and natural areas from development, and have assisted in the protection of over 16,000 additional acres.
In the fall of 2006, The Trustees formed a permanent affiliation with Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), the city of Boston’s largest land trust and advocate for open space. Since 1977, BNAN has protected over 800 acres of urban wilds and created over 3 miles of greenways. BNAN currently owns 37 community gardens and provides services to all Boston?s 175 urban gardens, bringing the opportunity to grow fresh produce into Boston’s urban areas.
The Trustees employs 180 full-time and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in many areas, including ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how you can interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, volunteer or become a member, please call 781.784.0567, visit the website at www.thetrustees.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.