First Harvest of the Season!

Keene Community Garden Connections

Hey Gardeners!!!!

We know it’s been a long time, but after a long, cold winter, we are proud to announce that yesterday was our first harvest day of the season out at The Westmoreland Garden Project!

IMG_7743With the help of our staff and wonderful volunteers, we were able to harvest 3 boxes of lettuce at 25lbs, 4 boxes of kale at 15lbs, and a box of chard at 11lbs! All of this food was donated to Keene Community Kitchen! Woooohoo!!!

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On behalf of this awesome event, we want to give a special shout out to our Garden Manager, Sara!  Community Garden Connections wouldn’t be where it is today without Sara and the time and dedication that she continuously puts into the Westmoreland Garden and our program!  Thank you, Sara! You rock!

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Also, a special thanks to all of our volunteers that dedicate their time to the Westmoreland Garden Project!  We couldn’t do this without you!

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TEAM Jaffrey Community Farmer’s Market

11650721_10206974188337172_671589982_nTEAM Jaffrey‘s Farmer’s Market is BACK for it’s 25th year and happening throughout the month of JULY on Wednesday evenings 6-8:30pm on the town Common! Come for the farmers and STAY for the live concerts at the Gazebo where we’ll feature a different genre of music each week.

Club Soda Band will be performing LIVE from 7-8:30 and the farmers will have their freshest local goods to sell direct from the farm to you!

We are proud to announce that the following farms are participating:

Foggy Hill Farm (of Jaffrey)
Holland Homestead Farm (of Hillsborough)
Tracie’s Community Farm, LLC (of Fitzwilliam)
Monadnock Berries PYO and Garden Center (of Troy)
Old Bridge Farm (of Swanzey)
and Little Brook Farm (of Jaffrey)

Inventory will include:

  • Veggies
  • Herbs
  • Berries
  • Breads
  • Honey
  • Eggs
  • Flower Starts
  • Perennials
  • Alpaca Products
  • Wood Furniture
  • Bird Houses & Bat Houses

Won’t you join us?! RSVP on Facebook and help us spread the word.  Thank you!

Internships and Apprenticeship at Farmer John’s Plot

Farmer John’s Plot is a nonprofit working farm that models and promotes sustainable food networks and responsible land stewardship, providing dynamics connections to fresh, local nourishment for everyone.  The farm is located on over 140 acres in Dublin, NH.

Their internship (or apprenticeship) offers the opportunity to learn hands on what it takes to run a working farm and a sustainable agricultural nonprofit. You will work together with Farmer John and staff to manage our laying hens, goats, sheep, turkeys, maple syrup, vegetables, herbs, greenhouses, CSA and farm stand.  Upon completion of the program interns will possess a greater understanding of the skills necessary to manage their own farm (and apprentices should be ready to start or manage a farm).  For example our 2012 apprentice, Jasen Woodworth, managed the start-up of a new farm in Maine after completing our program!  Last year they hired Jasen back to work as Horticulture Manager, and this year he has been promoted to farm manager!  As with Jasen, Farmer John’s Plot continues to actively support interns and apprentices as they take the next step in their careers.

If you are interested in a career in agriculture or teaching agriculture this might be a great foot in the door for you!

The internship will encompass the following fields and more:
–    Animal husbandry
–    Horticulture
–    Season extension
–    Nonprofit management
–    Farm management
–    Marketing
–    Soil management
–    Farm start-up
–    Land acquisition

Details:
–    250 hour internships or 500 hour apprentice position available
–    $500 stipend (interns) or $1,000 (apprentice)
–    Option for a CSA share in lieu of part of stipend
–    Positions open year round
–    Free excess, organic produce
–    $100 farm stand credit
–    Free lunch from local general store
–    Customizable work schedule
–    Help in securing affordable local housing
–    Free career and farm consulting support for life

All interested are encouraged to apply.  For an application or more information please contact Farmer John at farmerjohnsplot@gmail.com or 603-289-5927.