2nd Annual Farm to Fork Experience on Friday, Sept 25th a MAGICAL EVENING ON THE FARM...

We would like to thank all of our guests, sponsors and the talented chefs for making Norwell Farms' 2nd Annual Farm to Fork Experience another magical evening at the farm! The event, which was held last Friday evening, September 25th, sold out again this year and we had 250 guests.

Norwell Farms raised $25,000 through this event. All funds raised will be used to expand our nonprofit programs at the farm. Events like this enable us to reconnect the Norwell Community and beyond to a local, working farm while enjoying the beauty and open space of historic Jacobs Farm. We look forward to seeing you at our future events!

Click here to read a wonderful review of the evening by our favorite local food blogger, DGRUBS.com! 

 

 

Norwell Farms Wins Seeds of 2015 Change Grant!

Thank you for your votes! 

NORWELL FARMS WAS AWARDED $10,000 FROM THE SEEDS OF CHANGE® 2015 GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP CONNECT THEIR COMMUNITY TO THE FOOD THEY EAT, FROM SEED TO PLATE

“It all starts with a single seed! We are so proud. Thank you everyone for your support in the past, as volunteers, CSA members, farm stand customers, event participants, supporters, board members, and friends and neighbors.  We would not have received this grant if it were not for all the hard work we’ve accomplished together in the last 5 years.  We are so excited to continue to promote sustainable agriculture and support the local food movement in our community.” Nikki Bartley, Farm Director 

To read more about our plans for the funds from this grant, please click here

 

Join Us!

Written by:  Anna Brown, Norwell Farms Board Member

"Why I volunteer at the farm....?   I never saw myself as a gardener/farmer or an outdoor person,  and being at the beach or sitting by the pool doesn’t count.   I don’t like bugs, worms or mice, snakes, frogs or anything like that but it spite of my fears over the past year I have spent more time helping out at the farm.   I came to the farm kind of accidently.  I like to cook and I like to eat.  Food taste best when it’s fresh, local and in season.  The more I learned about cooking and food I started going to farmers markets in the summer and buying fresh fruit and vegetables.  When Norwell Farms started out five years ago I was so excited!  I could buy my vegetables right here in Norwell!!

I love seeing the process of growing vegetables- planting the seeds, the first sprouts,
watering and watching them mature then seeing the tomatos or squash or whatever sitting there waiting to be picked.  The best part, in my opinion, is creating a dish then getting to eat it with your family and friends.

Life can be very busy at times worrying about yourself, your kids, job, family etc.. and finding the extra time to volunteer can be difficult.  I realize when I’m there helping out
how good it feels to do something that’s not “all about me”, being outside with other volunteers
and not focused on my life is relaxing and renewing (in spite of the occasional crawler I see)."

Volunteers are welcome to join us in the fields during the farming season!

2015 Season Volunteer Hours:

Mondays Wednesdays - 9am-12pm 

Last Sunday of Every Month 

June 28th 10am-3pm

July 26th 10am-1pm

August 30th 10am-1pm

For more information about volunteering at Norwell Farms, please click here

 

Growing Farm, Growing Minds

Written by:  Jo Randolph, Education Director

Norwell Farms is known for growing a diverse variety of vegetables, but we also like to think that we help grow people, too. Education and building community are a large part of Norwell Farm’s identity as a community farm. As we bring children and adults to the farm to learn about where food comes from and why a sustainable food system is so important, we also cultivate curiosity, diligence, creativity, and so much more. If we can get one person to see the beauty in a newly sprouting seed or to feel joy when they bite into a just-picked cucumber, we will have succeeded in our mission.

This summer we are excited to pilot some educational programs for children that we hope will do the above. We will roll up our sleeves and plant, harvest, and care for the farm animals. Along the way, we hope we help the children who come to be better people who understand the value of hard work, perseverance, and being creative in the face of the unpredictable. We hope they gain an appreciation of the amount of work and care that goes into the food we eat—it doesn’t just magically appear on the grocery store shelves. Someone planted, nurtured, and put a lot of time and care into creating that beautiful carrot for us to eat. Hopefully some of your children will join us this summer for one of our Farm Fun Days. Even if they don’t, we hope to see you at the farm for other reasons, whether to pick up a CSA share, to buy fresh vegetables and eggs at the farm stand, or just to stop, breathe, and enjoy the view!

For more information on our pilot education program, check out our website at www.norwellfarms.org./farm-fun-days or email jo@norwellfarms.org. 

We Need Your Vote!!

Help Norwell Farms Win a Grant to Fund the Expansion of Education Work in Schools and at the Farm! 

We have applied to the Seeds of Change® Grant Program to receive a $20,000, $10,000 or $1,000 grant to fund a Farm to School Initiative in the Norwell Schools. 

With this grant, Norwell Farms will be able to:

  • Launch a pilot summer program at the farm for kids ages 5-9.
  • Design & install a ¼ acre model homestead at farm.
  • Kids will grow veggies, raise bees for honey, hens for eggs & pigs for meat & donate it to the Norwell food pantry.
  • Design a Farm to School program for the Norwell Schools
  • Kids will grow food in school gardens & prep the harvest in the school cafeterias
  • Hire 1-2 full time staff & interns
  • Expand marketing efforts to increase community participation in farm
  • Purchase supplies for new program

How to Vote:

Visit the www.seedsofchangegrant.com or the Seeds of Change® Facebook page. Search for our grant application by entering “Norwell Farms” or our zip code “02061” and vote once per day from April 9 to April 27

Once voting closes, the 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to the final judging phase and recipients will be announced around May 5.

Thank you for your support!  

#SeedsofChangeGrant

Easter Egg Hunt

Norwell Farms will not be able to hold the Annual Egg Hunt at the farm this Saturday, April 4th, 2015 due to weather and snow. The fields are still snow covered and very soggy.  Don't worry, we have a lot in the works for this season so stay tuned for upcoming events later this Spring! We hope to be back on track next year with the Egg Hunt! Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!

Norwell Farms Turns 5!!

Happy birthday to Norwell Farms! We just turned 5! It has been a wild ride and we couldn’t have gotten where we are without strong community support. Thank you Norwell and the entire South Shore!  We look forward to growing food and bringing the community to the farm for many years to come! Check back soon and see what we are blogging about in the coming weeks.