Trustees of Reservations Announce New CSA at Moose Hill Farm
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) announced today that they are bringing farming back to Moose Hill Farm in Sharon as they start their newest Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) program there for the 2013 season. Growing in popularity around the nation, CSAs offer community members the opportunity to buy fresh, local, seasonal food directly from their farmer by purchasing a “share” in the farm. As shareholders, members receive a weekly allotment of the farm’s harvest. Shareholders and The Trustees share in both the risks (such as a dry or rainy summer) and the many rewards of the growing season, which include weekly access to delicious, locally grown, nutritious vegetables, pick-your-own fruits and bountiful flowers – all grown without synthetic chemicals or pesticides.
What can Moose Hill Farm CSA members expect? For 20 weeks beginning in June, members will enjoy a bag full of seasonal vegetables (mix-and-match style) as well as have the opportunity to the "pick your own" crops like herbs, flowers, beans, and strawberries. Seasonal crops include: Arugula, Beans, Beets, Bok Choi, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumbers, Flowers, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Summer Squash, Scallions, Spinach and Tomatoes. In addition, members will also be able to take part in flower shares and a winter share.
As a CSA member, you will not only receive fresh, local produce weekly, but your membership will also give back to help feed the hungry. As with some of their other CSAs, The Trustees are partnering with local hunger-relief and food-access organizations in the surrounding communities, and a portion of membership will go directly to these efforts. For this first season, 3% of the cost of each share will go directly to aid produce donations – this comes out to a $1 donation per week per CSA member for the length of the CSA program. As Moose Hill Farm grows in size over time, The Trustees plan to strengthen and grow their hunger-relief mission (in addition to offering more CSA shares), to help make sure everyone in the local community has access to healthy, locally grown vegetables.
Moose Hill Farmer Molly DellaRoman is a hybrid farmer-educator. She earned her MS in biological and environmental engineering form Cornell and wrote her thesis on earthworms. Most recently, she was the Assistant Manager at The Trustees’ Powisset Farm (where she also apprenticed in 2007). In addition, Molly apprenticed at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm and worked as an Educator at Natick Community Organic Farm. In her new role as Moose Hill Farm Manager, Molly DellaRoman hopes to support a vibrant community farm not only through the CSA program, but through many different outlets over the year including supporting on- and off-site farm stands in nearby communities such as Walpole and Canton, establishing egg and meat production, and supporting hunger-relief and food-access programs in surrounding towns. In addition, Molly looks forward to welcoming a diversity of visitors at the farm through Pick-Your-Own accessibility gardens, school programs, numerous volunteer opportunities and farmer training. “I have always been an environmentalist at heart and I see organic farming and local food as one of the best ways that we can contribute to helping protect the planet.”
How to become a Moose Hill Farm CSA Member: To learn more about the CSA program or to sign up for one of the 75 shares, visit www.thetrustees.org/moosehillfarm or stop by the farm, 396 Moose Hill Street, Sharon. You can also ring Farmer Molly DellaRoman at 781.784.0567 x 7035. And, for folks who like to get their hands dirty, there are also volunteer and work-for-share opportunities.
About Moose Hill Farm: Starting in the 1930s, Moose Hill Farm was home to a 60-head herd of Guernsey milk cows, prized for their milk’s high fat content. More than 170 acres of this scenic property was dedicated to growing hay and grain for the cattle. The farm remained an active dairy until 1960. Since then, the fields have been home to beef cattle, haying operations, and – most recently – protected habitat for many grassland bird species.
About The Trustees and Farms: The Trustees have long supported protection of prime farmland throughout the Commonwealth. In addition to owning and managing 13 working farms statewide and 40 agricultural properties, The Trustees also operate a 300-member CSA at Powisset Farms in Dover, a 550-member CSA at Appleton Farms in Ipswich and Hamilton, as well as new CSAs at Weir River Farm in Hingham, the Bradley Estate in Canton, and Moraine Farm in Beverly. At Long Hill in Beverly, The Trustees lease farmland to the Lincoln-based Food Project, an innovative program that brings urban and suburban youth together to grow produce for local farm stands and hunger relief organizations. The Trustees also provide farmland on the Bradley Estate in Canton to Brookwood Community Farm
More about The Trustees of Reservations: The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance. Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 109 spectacular “reservations” located throughout Massachusetts for current and future generations to enjoy.
The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, and green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or discounted for members.
Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. One of the largest nonprofits in Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 150 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 or to become a member or volunteer, please contact www.thetrustees.org.