Farming in Community: Four Farmers, Two Farms, and One Mission
October 27, 2012 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Waltham Fields Community Farm
240 Beaver Street
$25 NOFA members, $30 non-members
WFCF operates a 500-share CSA as a revenue-generating part of a nonprofit community farm. We'll talk about farming as a management team, our collaboration with Picadilly Farm, and how our mix-and-match CSA improves our food access work. We'll focus on finances, crop planning, and managing harvests for maximum shareholder flexibility.
Andy Scherer has been on the farm management staff of WFCF since 2007. Amanda Cather has been farm manager at WFCF since 2004. Dan Roberts is field and equipment manager at WFCF and has worked at the farm since 2008. Erinn Roberts is the harvest and greenhouse manager at WFCF and has worked at the farm since 2008.
Fall 2012: Running a Successful CSA Workshop Series Overview
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a fast growing economic model for making farming businesses financially viable and for providing affordable, quality produce to the community. This workshop series features three successful CSAs in different regions of Massachusetts and New Hampshire who can explain from experience the details of making this creative business model work.
The workshops are led by farmers experienced in running both small and large financially viable CSAs. Presenters will explain the operation of their own farms, and discuss mistakes and triumphs they have made in order to provide guidance to those considering the CSA model for their own farming future.
Workshops will be held partly outside and partly indoors. Be prepared for cold temperatures, and dress in layers.
Important Registration Details
The cost of all workshops is $30, with discounts for NOFA membership and early registration (14 days before the workshop).
Pre-registration is required unless arranged by phone with the organizer, Ben Grosscup, cell: 413-658-5374.
Cancellations will be honored and refunds issued (except $8 processing fee) with notice made within 10 or more days of the workshop. After that, you may designate someone else to attend in your stead, but refunds will not be available.
Carpooling is encouraged, and on your registration form, you'll have the opportunity to be connected with other registrants in your local area who also want to carpool to the workshop.