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Farm Festival at Beverly's Moraine Farm

Posted by boston.com  September 14, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Essex County Greenbelt:

Moraine Farm welcomes the public to its Farm Festival at 719 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival offers tours, kid-friendly fun, farm animals, lectures, homemade goodies and storytelling activities sponsored by the six non-profit organizations that own and manage the 170-acre farm. Moraine Farm is permanently protected conservation land along the shores of Wenham Lake that includes meadows, woodlands and formal gardens as well as farmland. The landscape was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1880s and its woodlands are studded with mature rhododendron stands and azaleas.

 
Moraine Farm is home to Project Adventure, the Cape Ann Waldorf School, and The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR). Essex County Greenbelt, the Friends of the Olmsted Landscape and the Batchelder Trust act in partnership as stewards of the protected land.
 

If you go:
 
Date: Saturday, September 21st, 2013 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
All events take place at Moraine Farm, 719 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
 
Events:
10:00 Walking tour of Trustees’ Community Farm with farm manager Gretta Anderson.
Meet at the Red Barn.
 
10:30 Family Story Hour in the Red Barn.
 
10:30 Moraine Farm bingo/scavenger hunt with Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust.
Starts at Project Adventure.
 
11:00 Build a native pollinator house with Dave and Mary Mansur, Tomten Beeworks and Cape Ann Waldorf School in the Red Barn.
 
11:00 -1:00 Lunch: farm fresh soup, bread and dessert at Cape Ann Waldorf School. 
 
 
11:30 Forty-five-minute walking tour of the historic Olmsted property with the Friends of the Olmsted Landscape.  Meet at Cape Ann Waldorf School.
 
12:00 Edible and medicinal farm weed walk with herbalist Iris Weaver and farmer Gretta Anderson ($10). Starts at the Red Barn.
 
1:00   Lecture by National Park Service Olmsted landscape historian and supervisory park ranger Alan Banks in the historic 1907 Peabody and Stearns designed Red Barn.
 
2:00   Native pollinator farm walk with Dave and Mary Mansur, Tomten Beeworks and Waldorf School. Starts at the Red Barn.
 
2:15 Forty-five-minute walking tour of the historic Olmsted property with the Friends of the Olmsted Landscape. Meet at Cape Ann Waldorf School.
 
Throughout the day:
Visitors to Project Adventure’s world-class challenge course can participate in High and Low Challenge Course Activities. Inside its headquarters, learn about the different programs, workshops and trainings Project Adventure has offered for over 40 years.  
Snacks will be provided by Fireside Catering. 
 
The Trustees of Reservations will offer several tours of its popular working farm and thriving Community Supported Agriculture program. Visitors can create a pollinator box and install it on the farm. 
 
Free play in the woodland play area and the sports court at the Waldorf School.
 
Local farmers and specialty food producers will sell their wares, including Moraine Farm Veggie Farm stand, Maitland Mountain Pickles, Valley View Farm, Tomten Beeworks and herbalist Iris Weaver. 
 
Visit the Nubian goats. 
 
Pedal a bicycle-powered apple cider press. 
 
Cookware and cooking demonstrations by representatives of cookware maker Le Creuset.

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