Waltham Fields Community Farm is the business name of Community Farms Outreach, a 501c3 organization. We encourage healthy relationships between people, their food supply, and the land from which it grows.
We are focused on supporting local hunger relief and food access efforts by providing fresh produce donations to emergency food programs in the greater Boston area; operating a special farmer’s market for low-income households called the Waltham Fields Outreach Market; engaging in farm-to-school distributions with the Waltham public schools; and offering subsidized and half-price CSA shares. We aim to provide 20 percent of our harvests of our fresh, organically grown vegetables to our food access efforts.
We also seek to reconnect people with the knowledge of how food is produced. Children and adults learn about farming and food production, farm-to-table recipe preparation, natural sciences, and environmental stewardship when they come to WFCF to work in the fields and greenhouses and participate in our programming. Guided by experienced staff, field volunteers help sow seeds, transplant seedlings, weed, and harvest crops. Educational programs include Children’s Learning Garden Programs, adult workshop offerings, public events, special service learning opportunities, and our farmer training program for people who have had some previous experience on farms or in the sustainable agriculture field and are serious about pursuing farming as a career.
Our CSA share program started in 1997 and continues to be our main revenue-supporting program that supplies over 500 households with fresh, organically grown vegetables throughout the growing season, and half that amount through a winter share program with several distributions in November and December. All pickups take place at the farm and include opportunities to get out into the fields to do some pick-your-own, engage with the land, experience food production first-hand, and enjoy some of the precious open space in this highly populated region. Our CSA offers summer shares, winter shares, and flower shares. All of our crops are grown adhering to strict organic production methods.