As I mentioned in my last farm update, this spring has been a funky one! That hasn’t stopped us from getting everything in the ground more or less on time, but you can tell by the growth of the plants in the fields and in our greenhouse—which is unheated—that it has been a cold (and with the exception of that one rainy week we had), very dry April and May.
Despite the weird weather, we’ve had a very productive past couple of weeks at the farm.
The Framingham Friends Meeting will celebrate its 50th birthday with a party for the entire surrounding community on Saturday June 4, from 1 to 4 PM.
Come to the Stearns Farm CSA Spring Festival for lunch and orientation, and then cross the street to join the local Quaker group at their “Friendly Fair” for a fun and family-friendly afternoon.
Stearns Farm will kick off the 2016 summer season with our annual Spring Festival and orientation for new sharers on Saturday June 4.
Thanks to your donations and a grant from the Alice Dorr Foundation, Stearns Farm CSA has been able to purchase a 2002 Chevy S10 truck for the farmers.
Refresh your mind while you exercise your body in a Tai Chi and Chi Kung workshop at the farm on Sunday May 22 from 10-11 am.
Joe Anzalone, adjunct instructor at Boston Healing Tao, will teach basic movements of Tai Chi, and Chi Kung, with a set of exercises for developing vital energy. “We’ll borrow from both traditions to play with the body, breath and mind, to encourage strength, vitality, flexibility and Chi flow,” says Anzalone.
The movements will include non-strenuous ways to warm up your joints, tendons and muscles. “We’ll move gently and quietly, with a particular kind of alignment that accentuates the ability to feel, connect with, and experience Chi flow,” Anzalone says. “Some people will feel themselves warming up, in spite of moving effortlessly.”
He will focus on teaching simple movements that repeat, rather than long or complicated forms. “They are not hard to do. And when people do these well, they tap into their vital energy and can feel very content in the moment. It can be a little vacation for our overactive thinking, planning, worrying brains.”
Participants who are new to the practice of Tai Chi or Chi Kung will leave with a few stress-busting tools to add to into their lives. Meanwhile, those with experience may gain some additional understanding about their practice. Register ($5 donation) at http://goo.gl/wVuzsV.