• 1990-1994 - A group of volunteers, organized through Food For Free, a Cambridge Food Bank, and coordinated by Oakes Plimpton, begins gleaning area farms for produce to donate to local emergency food programs, soup kitchens and shelters. Interest in the preservation of local farming led to a proposal to farm the fallow fields at the U Mass Field Station site in Waltham.
  • 1995 - Our first season of farming. Four acres planted on the U Mass fields that had not been used for seven years.
  • 1996 - We incorporated under the name Community Farms Outreach, as a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization with a mission of hunger relief, education and farm preservation, deciding to name the farm Waltham Fields Community Farm.
  • 1997 - Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is created in order to garner funding for effective farm management and expand our provision of local food to a broader range of constituents.
  • 1998 - The Children’s Learning Program is created.
  • 1999 - Friends of Cornelia Warren Farm was formed to advocate for preservation and rehabilitation of the U Mass site.
  • 2000 - First annual spring celebration and fundraiser was held - now called Sprout.
  • 2001 - A banner year for produce donations which totaled 27,000 pounds.
  • 2002 - Year-round Farm Manager and Assistant Farm Manager positions created. The CSA sells record 150 shares with still more interested parties left on the waiting list.
  • 2003 - Record number of volunteer hours were logged this year. Organizational members, community groups and an AmeriCorps team contributed 6000 hours of field labor, and in the process learned about how food is grown.
  • 2004 - Waltham Fields Community Farm expands, farming an additional 3 acres of land located at the nearby Lyman Estate. Farm staff and volunteers erect a heated greenhouse.
  • 2005 - We celebrated our tenth anniversary.
  • 2006 - We started drafting our first Strategic Plan, and made the decision to hire an Executive Director.
  • 2007 - Annual donations to our hunger relief programs increased to $30,000. The organization decides to rebrand itself by creating a new logo and filing with the State of Massachusetts to be allowed to officially do business as Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF) instead of as Community Farms Outreach, Inc. The business certificate was granted in January 2008.
  • 2008 - WFCF starts up the Waltham Fields Outreach Market, a once-a-week market in Waltham targeted to the clientele of several project partners: the Joseph Smith Community Health Center, the Power Program, the Waltham Family School, and the WATCH CDC, as well as to low-income residents in the neighborhood.  The market enables low-income residents and recent immigrants in this neighborhood the chance to purchase fresh, sustainably-grown produce at highly subsidized prices. .
  • 2009 - At 15 years and going strong, our commitment to education and service learning programs is enhanced by hiring our first Education and Outreach Coordinator.
  • 2010 - We redrafted our mission statement to more clearly reflect our goals of promoting local agriculture, providing food access for all, engaging in public education, and managing land sustainably.
  • 2011 - Our second Strategic Plan is completed and approved by our Board of Directors, shaping our priorities for the next three years.
  • 2012 - We take on a third land lease for four acres in Weston, helping the family that owns the property reclaim productive farmland for organic food production. Together with our Waltham leases with UMass (our base of operations) and Historic New England (at the Lyman Estate), we are now farming a total of 15 acres.
  • 2013 - What a year! We started a Youth Crew paid jobs initiative for teens, we entered into a contract with LexFarm to run the farm operation next year for Lexington's first community farm on the former Busa family land, and we branched out of our vegetable comfort and raised three pigs on the Weston land.
  • 2014 - OUR 20th YEAR FARMING ON THE UMASS WALTHAM LAND and our most productive year ever, distributing over $100,000 worth of vegetables for food assistance, feeding 700 households through our CSA program, opening up our distribution barn for some sales to the public, and providing 500 children with hands-on educational experiences on the farm.
  • 2017 - Our fourth Strategic Plan is completed and approved by our Board of Directors, shaping our priorities for the next three years.
  • 2018 - We begin planning for renovating and building new structures for our Education Program!  

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