Community Stuff 3/23/14


Volunteer Opportunities & Farm Shares Available this Season


Moraine Farm, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, begins its fourth season as a community farm. Located in North Beverly, just minutes off 128 at exit 20, the farm provides local residents, area school children, and local food pantries with seasonal farm-fresh produce and provides community members of all ages meaningful volunteer opportunities.

With seedlings already sprouting in the greenhouse, Moraine Farm Manager Gretta Anderson looks forward to another successful growing season – and hopes to top last season’s $12,000 worth of organically-grown produce donated to Beverly Bootstraps. The farm will also continue to provide Beverly and Salem public schools with seasonal fresh produce.

Farm Shares, also known as Community Supported Agriculture or CSA shares, are available for the 2014 growing season. Members purchase a “share” of the upcoming season’s harvest. From early May to the end of October, members come to the farm to pick up their share of the harvest, explore the pick-your-own garden, and enjoy the historic Olmsted designed landscape.

A member of the community farm since 2012, Paula V. notes, “Good produce is not my only benefit from Moraine. I’m volunteering on the farm a couple of days each week, for just a few hours each day, and this new experience is such a pleasure! I get to do work of value, and I’m meeting wonderful people.”

Volunteers are an integral part of the Moraine Farm landscape – making it truly a community farm. The volunteer opportunities are plentiful, whether you are looking to roll up your sleeves and dig in or want to help support the farm’s Food for All program. Currently, volunteers are needed to help remove invasive plants from the property, spruce up the antique red barn and plant seeds in the greenhouse. When the season is underway, the farm will need volunteers to help deliver produce to the Beverly High School, Bentley school in Salem and Beverly Bootstraps Mobile Markets.

Sign on today to be a part of the Moraine Farm community! To Purchase your Farm Share and to learn more about the farm visit or email Farm Manager Gretta Anderson,  For a complete list of volunteer opportunities visit

brochure interior updated 2014

Hello Kim and Joey,

I hope you can post this on Good Morning Gloucester.  We all need to think Spring and flowers.  I have attached the brochure and hopefully you can post that with the announcement. 

The Gardeners of Cape Ann are halfway to reaching the “Plant Grant” goal of raising $90,000 to refurbish, replant, and beautify Grant Circle this Spring. Whether you live, visit, work, garden, or simply want to assist with this grassroots volunteer initiative to improve the “gateway” to Cape Ann, we welcome your support.

Please “DIG DEEP” NOW to insure the success of this project.  Meeting our fundraising goal will allow planting to begin by late May.  Let us band together to create a meaningful legacy to ensure Grant Circle becomes an enduring source of beauty and pride for our entire community.  Tax-deductible donations can be sent to: Plant Grant, PO Box 712, Rockport, MA 01966. Visit our website: and “LIKE” us on our Facebook page: Plant Grant Circle. Thank you!

Susan Kelly

Spring 2014 SEED SWAP Event

Join Backyard Growers and Burnham’s Field Community Garden for our first annual SEED SWAP event! Come for new seeds, bring your own from last year to trade with friends and neighbors, and get some support perusing this year’s seed catalogues and dreaming of the harvest you will reap from your vegetable garden.

We’ll also be offering a couple demonstrations: seed starting basics and how to make a plastic bottle sub-irrigation system.

WHO: Past and present Backyard Growers participants and mentors, Burnham’s Field gardeners, and the great community of Gloucester gardeners!

WHERE: City Hall Auditorium

WHEN: Tuesday, April 1 from 6:30-8 PM

BRING: Seeds to swap!

RSVP on Facebook:
Backyard Growers and the general community
Burnham’s Field gardeners (only!)

Questions? Email Lara or Courtney



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