Dear Friends of Wright-Locke Farm, November 2023
The air is turning cooler, and soon our fields will rest beneath the quiet of fallen leaves and a fresh blanket of snow. While our farmers take time in the off-season to pause and plan, the All Seasons Barn continues to live up to its name, humming with activity and year-round operations. Kids are learning, events are booked, and the kitchen shifts gears from summer patio suppers and harvest dinners to holiday cookies and cheese boards. Downstairs, our Farm to Go elves continue to make magic, sourcing fresh local food from farms across New England.
The year was a success by almost any measure, and as 2023 winds down the numbers tell the story–not only dollars and cents but the number of lives we touch here at Wright-Locke Farm. In the fields, barns, woods, and beyond, everyone who connects with this historic land is renewed by the natural world and its bounty.
- Our agriculture team packed more than a thousand CSA boxes, sold 2,870 seedling plants, and set up shop 25 times at the Winchester and Medford Farmers Markets
- Our education programs, still the core of our mission, drew more than 2,000 participants. We hosted 10 field trips, sponsored 6 free farm talks on sustainability, and visited hundreds of kids in area schools through our enrichment program
- Our kitchen staff served Farm Suppers to 350 guests, afternoon tea to 200 senior citizens, and taught more than 250 people about farm-to-table cooking
- Our events team coordinated more than 85 events (private, corporate, and non-profit)
- And our All Seasons Barn Farm to Go program connected 90 farms and producers with 790 customers from 52 different towns
It’s been an amazing year and we look forward to further improvements in 2024. Along with the benefits of stewarding this land comes the enormous responsibility of preserving it. Caring for our historic buildings and property is an investment in our future. Multiple capital projects for the coming year include expanding the use of solar energy throughout the farm, further repairing the farmhouse, plus signage and structural landscape projects making our grounds safer and more accessible. Our goal is to raise $175,000 to cover these projects. With your help, we can keep the farm operating as a community treasure for generations to come. We are so grateful for your continuing support of Wright-Locke Farm.
Erika Gorgenyi Scott Gilmour
Executive Director Board President