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Monday, February 12, 2007

The earth's bounty -- available at weekly rates

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Municipal farmer Greg Maslowe holds some of last year's produce.
(Photo by Patricia McDonnell for the Boston Globe)

NEWTON

The crocuses are still weeks away, so locally-grown vegetables probably aren't the first thing on many people's minds. But if last year was any measure, people should act fast if they want to secure a steady supply of produce from the Newton Angino Community Farm's second growing season.

Farm officials have announced that a regular prepaid share, providing weekly produce for a family of four, will cost $525 for 2007. The farm this year is also offering alternate week shares for half the food at the reduced price of $275.

Two “work shares” – working on the farm in exchange for produce – are also offered. People interested in the option must be capable of heavy lifting, bending, kneeling, and working in inclement weather. Enrollment is first come, first serve, and farm officials expect to be fully subscribed soon. Produce will be available starting June 13.

More information and an enrollment form can be found at online at the farm's web site.

The farm is also seeking donations and volunteers. Contributors or those who might have equipment the farm might need can email fundraising chairman Jon Regosin . Prospective volunteers are asked to email coordinator Sam Fogel.

-- Connie Paige

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