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Winter Programming at Newton Community Farm

Winter Classes at Newton Community Farm

NCF is pleased to offer a variety of courses in the winter of 2013 for children, gardeners, and others who have an interest in the outdoors, food, and farming.

For children, join us on Feb 6 at the Farm for an Early Release Day Activity.

**Early Release**
February 6th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
$25, $20 Friend of the Farm
Dress warmly and come spend an afternoon on the Farm as we look at ways plants, animals and even people adapt to the colder weather. Look for evidence of animal activity despite the colder weather and enjoy some fun games to keep us warm!
Instructor: Alison Wilson
Location: Newton Community Farm

And again on February 21 for Kids on the Farm – Then and Now, a vacation week program at the Jackson Homestead.

**Kids on the Farm –
Then and Now**
A Vacation Week Family Program
February 21st, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost Per Family (4 people max, 1 adult required)
$30 General Public
$20 Friend of the Farm or Historic Newton member
Cost includes museum admission, materials, and snack.
Prepaid registration required; limit 25
Call 617-796-1450 to register.

Want to know what life on a farm would have been like for kids in Newton in past centuries? Using real artifacts from the Museum’s collection and real stories from the Angino family who lived on what is now the Newton Community Farm, we’ll explore how kids would have helped on the farm. Participants will also plant some seeds which will then be transplanted into our garden in the spring.
Location: Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street,
Newton, MA 02458


For gardeners, classes that might be of interest include Planning Your Garden for a 4 Season Bounty, Growing Fruit Trees, and Defensive Urban Gardening.

NCF 4 Season Gardening Program. This program will guide you through the year from planning your garden in the winter months to planting in the spring and then harvesting in late summer and fall. You will also learn about ways to extend your growing season to ensure you can continue to enjoy home grown produce for as long as possible.

NCF 4 Season Gardening
A Gardener’s guide through 2013
Saturday February 2nd, March 30th,
June 29th, September 14th
9 – Noon
$162, $144 Friend of the Farm
This series is designed to get your home garden up and running, growing vegetables all year round. The curriculum is spilt into four sessions and is timed to
coincide with the main gardening seasons and the associated tasks.

Session 1 – Planning Your Garden for a 4-Season Bounty. (February 2nd2013).
Plan for successive crops, select your seeds and learn which plants to start indoors.

Session 2 – Garden Structures and Planting. (March 30th 2013).
Assist in the building of a simple three bin composting system and learn how to incorporate and build simple trellises and arbors into your garden infrastructure. Begin early season planting and learn about transplanting and direct sowing as well as tips on watering.

Session 3 – The Mid Season Bounty and Thinking Ahead. (June 29th, 2013).
Weeding, harvesting and tips on how to dry and store your harvest. Check in with your compost system and begin to plan for your late season harvest.

Session 4 – Winding down…not really!! Season extension and more.
(September 14th, 2013).

Season extension; row covers, hoops and mini greenhouses, crops that can be grown over the winter.
Revisit your compost system and learn about the importance of turning and storing your compost. Finally learn about the importance of seed saving and how to begin your own collection.
Instructor: Ted Chapman and Farm Staff

Urban Defensive Gardening. Looks at ways to overcome some of the common problems of gardening in a suburban location.

NCF is also offering a class series on beer brewing and a guided tree walk in Nahanton Park. For more information on these classes and to register, please visit our website at

We also have our popular Growing Fruit Trees and BeerBrewing programs. We are also excited to welcome back City Arborist Marc Welch as he leads a guided tree
walk within the local area, Walking in a Winter Wonderland.

We look forward to seeing you!newton community farm classes, newton community farm, kids classes at newton community farm, gardening classes newton ma
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