Our Local Farmers on Immigration Policy

By Julie Pottier-Brown

On Saturday, April 8th, I attended a meeting in Hadley, MA hosted by Wally Czajkowski at Plainville Farm. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the current administration’s handling of our country’s immigration policy.

Cars and trucks lined the drive to the packing shed. A hum filled the barn as neighbors and friends greeted each other. Attendees were asked to sign in and note on a card the amount of their business’s gross income. With nearly 75 people in attendance, glancing around, I saw many familiar faces. Participants showed up because they are concerned about the immigrant community that lives and works nearby.

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Farm Feature: ifarm, Boxford, MA

by Julie Pottier Brown

I had a lovely visit to a beautiful property in Boxford, MA last week called ifarm.pitch-and-patch-7

Tamara and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the folks from ifarm when we tabled an event in late March in Topsfield at the Gould Barn/Topsfield Historical Society and the adjacent church. We chatted about what we each did, and I purchased a bag of dried herbs. In considering how we might work with this new-to-us farm, I realized the bags of dried herbs would fit nicely in the Cooks Share. There were a few back and forth calls in August, a deal was struck, and the process of drying began.

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Journey of the Hens; aka the FDC 2016 Pastured Egg Share

By Julie Pottier-Brown

The LADIES are here!grants hens 2016

Last fall the Farm Direct Coop and Grant’s Family Farm arranged to come together on an adventure that is our 2016 pastured egg share. The eggs will be lovingly laid by organically fed, pastured hens who now reside in Essex, Ma.

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