Melissa Hoffer and Pobert Plotkin displayed vegetables from their garden, with goats behind. Theirs is among the gardens that will be featured on a tour next Sunday.
This spring, they grew spinach, leeks, garlic, and early lettuce.
“Then we rotated the crops to onions, beets, carrots, and tomatoes,” Hoffer said. “Now we are rotating over to . . . crops like kale, collards, and turnips.” Next
Hoffer watered the garden she shares with Plotkin.
“As we move to mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate,” she said, “sustainable, decentralized agriculture and being able to sustain ourselves with locally grown foods is going to be increasingly important.” Next
Hoffer pulled back leaves to reveal a green pepper from her garden.
“From the point of view of a commercial farmer in town, sustainability here is all about how you survive economically when you are producing the same products that cost much less when they are shipped in from California,” said Charles “Chip” Poutasse, a Concord native who is the sixth generation of his family to run Brigham Farm. Next
Hoffer displayed fresh beets from her garden.
“Growing food should be simple,” Brooke Redmond, chairwoman of the Concord Food Policy Council, said. “It’s just become complicated because of politics and economics and culture. In Concord, we have some of the most solid agrarian roots in the country, as well as a revolutionary spirit.” Next
A Delicata squash from Hoffer and Plotkin's garden.
An annual farmers market, Ag Day, has been a local fixture for several years, taking place on a Saturday afternoon in September.
This year, the farmers market will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be followed by the Farm and Garden Fair, which will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Next
Plotkin went nose-to-nose with one of his charges.
Hoffer and Plotkin are rightfully proud of their gardens as well as their small herd of goats, a source of milk and cheese, but it’s as much a philosophy as a hobby, Hoffer said. Next
Hoffer surrounded by her goats.
Many people realize how fundamental farming was to Concord’s past. Earlier this year, the Concord Museum held an exhibition called “The Greatest Source of Wealth: Agriculture in Concord.”
Enid Boasberg, a member of the Concord Climate Action Network, pointed out that the Minutemen who won our nation’s freedom were farmers who put down their hoes and scythes to pick up muskets and fight the battles of the Revolutionary War. Back to the beginning
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