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Family Farm Nights

In the 1827 Barn listening to Winchester Community Music School (E. James Whitehead 2013)

In the 1827 Barn, listening to Winchester Community Music School
(E. James Whitehead 2013)

Our wonderful Family Farm Night series Lettuce Turnip the Beet will return this summer. Concerts are held for seven consecutive Thursdays in June and July from 6 – 7:30pm.

Bring you own picnic or pre-order a boxed picnic from The FULLer Cup — delivered to the Farm. We will also have a cash bar plus popsicles, popcorn, and other goodies for sale in our farm stand. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and your favorite non-alcoholic refreshments to enjoy the show.

Family Farm Night is for people only: please leave your canine family members home. They will thank you for missing the crowds, the excited children, and the overwhelming temptations caused by too many picnics.

This year’s concerts:

June 15  The Sorry Honeys
June 22  Hank Wonder
June 29  Chris & Meredith Thompson
July 6  Miss Ellaneous
July 13  Ten Penny Ransom
July 20  High Strung Reunion
July 27  Karen K & the Jitterbugs

NOTE ON PARKING: We love how popular Family Farm Night has become! Please note that there are 3 parking lot options:

  • 82 Ridge Street (50 spaces),
  • Mullen Field (75 spaces), and
  • St. Eulalia’s on Ridge Street (100 spaces).

If you drive by Mullen Field or St. Eulalia’s on the way to the farm, we recommend parking at these locations and walking to the farm since the 82 Ridge Street lot fills very quickly. For the safety of all guests and neighbors, parking is not allowed on Ridge Street at any time.

Family Farm Night is made possible by generous sponsorship from the EnKa Society. Special thanks to St. Eulalia’s Church for use of their parking lot on Thursday evenings.

Wright-Locke’s “Night-time Farmers”

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Written by Amy Rindskopf, Event Manager

The month of May means many things in the Farm’s calendar – seedlings start to leave the greenhouse for the fields, after-school education programs return, and the farm stand moves from once-a-week eggs-only towards a full week with veggies, eggs, and delicious snacks. For the Farm event team, it means something even more: parties return to the 1827 Barn!

Regular visitors to the farm know that we do many public events throughout the warmer months: Family Farm Nights in June & July are our most popular event but we also do Spring Fling in May (this weekend!), Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox parties, Farm-to-table Suppers in the late summer, and our annual Harvest Dinner in September.

The most attentive visitors know that we also host private events, everything from children’s birthdays to graduations to family milestones to weddings. People who come to the farm to celebrate the important moments in their lives aren’t just looking for a place to have a party – they are connecting themselves and their guests with history and nature in a way rarely seen in event spaces.  It’s why so many people come back to our events year after year. And why more than one party guest has become a volunteer in our fields.

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Our event team definitely has the most unusual job description at Wright-Locke Farm: they must love helping organize beautiful events, but they also enjoy working outside in all weather, moving heavy wooden barn chairs, climbing ladders, having dirty hands, and chasing runaway paper lanterns (and the occasional lost sheep). These night-time farmers of Wright-Locke Farm are some of the best problem solvers I know – they can hang anything from the Norway maple on the hill used as our wedding ceremony site. Need to hang a poster in the barn without using any nails? But of course! Sudden hailstorm changing your outside summer fete to a cozy fall barn party? Not a problem!

Here’s looking forward to a season full of starry nights, happy families, vibrant music, and delicious food!

Cultivate the Future

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Since 2008, our dedicated staff and hundreds of committed volunteers have transformed Wright-Locke into a center of learning and exploration surrounding topics of sustainable agriculture, nutrition, the environment, and community health. The Cummings Foundation grant that we received 4 years ago, helped give us the initial resources we needed to create our now vibrant educational programs. There is such a high demand for the programs we provide and so we are always trying to find ways to provide more opportunities with the resources we have. We are proud to announce we have received the grant for $100,000 again this year to further enrich our programming.

However, our work is far from done…

  • Web_RebekahTeaching1We are limited by the constraints of our facilities
  • Our education programs and events are at full capacity in terms of facilities and staff
  • We lack heated indoor space, so our operations cease for five months out of the year
  • We have no commercial kitchen on premises for teaching or fully utilizing the crops in our fields
  • Demands on our staff are high, we need the resources to employ full-time year-round staff to accommodate the growing interest in our farm
  • We rely on donations for the maintenance of our irreplaceable historic buildings

A new, year-round Education Center could change all that and provide a springboard for our growth. A new building will transform the Farm by expanding education programs, providing a commercial “Innovation” kitchen, and allowing the Farm to operate 12 months per year. Learn more about this initiative and how you can help cultivate the future. 

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Upcoming Events

The Farm event season is here — join us for one or many!

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September

  • September 20th2017 Speaker Series & Paper Plate SupperTimothy Griffin speaks about GMOs – join us beforehand for Paper Plate Supper!
  • September 24th: Harvest DinnerDetails coming soon!
  • September 29th: Equinox Cocktails. Details coming soon!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Harvesting greens (E. James Whitehead)We have no shortage of volunteer opportunities on the Farm, and so we warmly encourage people to donate some of their time and energy to our organization. We will surely be able to connect you with projects that suit your interests, abilities, and schedule. No matter what the task, you’ll likely meet new people, learn new skills, and gain a heightened appreciation for food and farms. Please see our current volunteer opportunities below (please note that most opportunities are seasonal). No experience is necessary as instruction will be provided. If you want to help with a particular opportunity, send us an email and we will connect you with the appropriate person to further explore how you could help. In your email, be sure to include the opportunity for which you’d like to provide assistance (i.e. “I want to help care for the chickens”).

FARM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers must be age 14 or older for most volunteer opportunities. Most opportunities are available sometime between April – October only.

AGRICULTURE

  • Help our field crew (April – October): tasks throughout the season include helping plant seeds in the greenhouse or field, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting crops sold in our farm stand, at markets, for our flower CSA, and more. One time and recurring opportunities available (Tuesday – Saturdays only). Email our Farmer to let her know you’re interested in helping out.
  • Help our flower crew (March – October): tasks throughout the season include helping seed, plant, water, weed, maintain fields, harvest and a variety of other flower tasks; go to our Flower Volunteer page for more info.
  • Help run our Farm Stand (May – October): assistance is needed in the spring, summer, and fall. First read about the Farm Stand volunteer’s responsibilities while tending the stand before contacting our farm stand manager to learn more.
  • Help our U-Pick Raspberry crew (late August – mid October): tasks include teaching customers how to pick, weighing berries and collecting payment, and more; go to our Raspberry Volunteer page for more info.
  • Land Management (April – November): assist our staff and Board with mowing grass, trimming hedges, clearing brush, raking leaves, and more around the fields and pastures.
  • Ornamental Gardening (May – September): assist our staff and Board with ornamental gardening around the farmhouse, farm stand, and 1827 Barn.

FARM ANIMALS

  • Help take care of our chickens (year – round): help our “chicken chore” volunteer group perform daily tasks for our flock, including bringing food and water, collecting, cleaning, and tallying eggs, and more. Schedule is week-to-week and shared with another volunteer / family.
  • Help take care of our goats and farm cat (late December – February): help our farm staff perform morning feed chores for our goats and cat this winter while the farmer is on break; sign up is day-to-day (very flexible) and requires just morning chores like bringing food and water to the animals.

EDUCATION

(local middle and high school student volunteers wanted)

EVENTS

  • Help our events staff with special events (April – October): assist with the preparation or facilitation of the farm’s special events; volunteers are scheduled to help with a specific event or series of events (i.e. Family Farm Nights hosted June-July).

FUNDRAISING AND OUTREACH

  • Help our staff with fundraising and outreach to local communities (year – round): specific projects and recurring opportunities available.

Don’t see an opportunity that suits you? Send us an email describing how you think your energies might benefit the farm. Special projects relevant to our work are always up for consideration!