Next year this time I do hope to be part of a great Norwell, Massachusetts community activity and reaping the rewards on a weekly basis. This is the first year of Norwell's Community Farm. It is an interesting concept which required many positive people to put the plan into action.
Norwell in 2009 Town Meeting voted $50,000 in funds for the Community Preservation Fund. As defined on the US Department of Agriculture Department website this is a CSA project (Community Supported Agriculture project which requires a buy in from the people to initially fund the project, reaping both the risks and rewards) one of only six such projects in the Commonwealth existing today.
The site is a new farm on the 18th century Jacobs Homestead lot (Jacobs Lane intersecting Main Street) which also abuts the South Shore Natural Science Center.
So what is the buy in and how can we get involved next year? Well this year you could purchase a full share or a half share of the weekly portion of harvest from these very fertile 1.6 acres of land. A full share cost $620 and a half share $350. This money was at risk as this was the first year of operation. Within five days of the initial announcement in March of this year all the shares were sold out! In fact the manager of the Norwell Farms, Jennifer Friedrich of Plympton, said the Farms actually had to return $20,000 in checks to people who wanted to be shareholders!
Well what did they risk these large sums of money for? There are more than twenty varieties of produce on the Norwell Farms throughout the growing and harvesting season. Each week the fruits (or vegetables and flowers) of the harvest are divided by the number of share holders or half shareholders and distributed accordingly, and of course there is a reach out of contributions to the Norwell Food Pantry too!
Sounds like not only is this a great way to ensure farming continues in our area of Massachusetts but that a good number of friendships have been created as well as the Norwell Community Farm as a social meeting spot.
From the results thus far, the Norwell Community Farm has met or exceeded their established goals for this active group. Briefly stated there are three goals: grow nutririous vegetables, build community and create healthy soil.
My applause goes to all the volunteers, community members, Ms. Jennifer Friedrich, shareholders and town meeting members!
I will be looking forward to the next announcement of this great program for 2011, keep your ears open for more details to come!
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