Littleton Community Farm Seeks Volunteers and Board Members

Would you like to get involved with creating a nonprofit community farm in Littleton? The Littleton Community Farm mission is to be a center for farm-based education and a model for traditional and innovative farming methods. Our aim is to inspire through hands-on, multigenerational exposure to farm, land, food, and volunteerism; growing for ourselves and for others.

Adding to the number of small farms will help our region meet pressing changes in climate, population, and food needs.  Small farms build popular enthusiasm for fresh and locally grown food, increasing demand and market share for all local farms.  They pioneer sustainable farming methods, and are accountable to the communities they serve.

By connecting as many people as possible to the land, community farms create a unique nexus for education, a seedbed of inspiration for land stewardship ideas, and a place for volunteers to involve themselves in the work of agriculture. Littleton Community Farm gives people an opportunity to care directly for the place they live and the food they eat.   If you are looking to nourish your community, our group invites interested volunteers or prospective board members to join the project. The Littleton Community Farm needs:

Board of Directors: Member Education
This position will take leadership in all educational activities provided by and supported by LCF.  This includes on-site programming, off-site workshops, informational presentations, and co-sponsored events.  Educational programming efforts will be coordinated with other Board members and Committees, with outside resources being utilized when necessary.

Board of Directors: Copywriter
This position is responsible for creating and editing content, in a variety of media forms, that promotes the farm mission, visibility, and fundraising efforts in the community.

Works in collaboration with Marketing Committee and Board members to write clear and persuasive copy for press releases, website content, newsletter, social media, marketing collateral, and fundraising appeals.

Board of Directors: Marketing/Event Planning
This position will lead efforts for planning and executing events and campaigns. While overseeing marketing efforts, he/she will be directly involved in designing marketing materials utilizing print, web-based tools and social media.

Community Volunteers
Are you committed to preserving open space and agricultural heritage? Are you looking for an opportunity to build community through farm based hands-on education? Are you willing to learn new things and dig in? We are seeking volunteers to help us in all areas of planning, research, fundraising, marketing, and implementation.

All positions require cooperative interpersonal and communication skills. These rewarding and challenging roles will be strategic and cooperative in order to create a viable nonprofit farm for today and for future generations.

If you are interesting in volunteering, email boardlcf@gmail.com or call Amy Tarlow-Lewis at 978-486-0316. To learn more go to www.littletoncommunityfarm.com or like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/littletoncommunityfarm.

Free Workshop: “How to Grow Vegetables for Seed Saving”

Seed saving is a way to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations. If you’d like to learn about the process of collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, you can attend a free workshop presented by Amy LeBlanc on how to grow vegetables for seed saving. LeBlanc is a certified organic farmer in the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).  The workshop will take place in the Couper Room at the Reuben Hoar Library at 41 Shattuck Street in Littleton, MA on Saturday, March 8, from 1:00-4:00pm. The event is co-sponsored by Littleton Community Farm, the Reuben Hoar Library, and the Littleton Conservation Trust. Registration is requested.

LeBlanc will explore seed saving techniques for annual food crops like peas, beans, tomatoes, herbs, garlic, and peppers. Attendees will learn practical basics about self-pollinating crops, insect and wind pollination and the problems with cucurbits. She will discuss vegetable varieties that grow well in our micro-climates, and how your family favorites may become the resilient building blocks for future varieties.

Leblanc is a University of Maine Master Gardener, an educator and speaker on the subject of seed saving, with a specialization in tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Along with her husband Mike LeBlanc, she owns and operates the 100-acre Whitehill Farm in East Wilton, Maine, and she is active in agricultural research.

Passionate about saving heirloom seed varieties, LeBlanc has been saving seeds for years. She is a contributing member of Seed Savers Exchange, and the Farmington Seed Savers; a member of and crop certification specialist for MOFGA; a member of and a presenter for the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA); a member of the Certified Naturally Grown Program; and a recipient of two Northeast SARE grants to study disease in garlic. Every three years she attends the Organic World Congress hosted by the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements.  She is planning her 2014 trip to Istanbul. She also compiles the Tomato Lovers Paradise catalog, which is appreciated by tomato enthusiasts worldwide.

Amy saves seed for about 10% of the plant varieties she grows. Generally, these are the rarer varieties that are being maintained by only 2-3 people in the world. Her heirlooms preserve genetic diversity and educate others about the importance of that diversity and of knowing how to grow food.

“We are delighted to have Amy share her expertise in the area of seed saving,” said Amy Tarlow-Lewis, President of the Board of Directors for Littleton Community Farm. “In this era of corporate agriculture it’s vitally important to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations.”

To register, please call the Reuben Hoar Library: 978-540-2600

About Seed Library Littleton

Seed Library Littleton is a partnership between Littleton Community Farm and the Reuben Hoar Library, and it was established to enable anyone in Littleton the opportunity to “borrow” heirloom and open-pollinated seeds for free. The mission of Seed Library Littleton is to build community through the collecting and sharing of bio-diverse, locally-adapted seeds, provide education on seed saving techniques, and create a forum for discourse on the relevancy of local food systems to our community. For more details, visit http://littletoncommunityfarm.com/seed-library-littleton/.

For more information about the Seed Lending Library, please contact: Workshop Coordinator, Katie Carruth at boardlcf@gmail.com