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new life at the farm

On Sunday evening, March 11, 2012, Ionia gave birth to a doeling (girl) and a buckling (boy)! Welcome! A huge thank you to Ben and Sofia whose round the clock care provides a safe and healthy environment for LexFarm‘s growing goat family. Click here to watch a wonderful video of Ionia with her new babies…so beautiful…

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heartbroken

Last night, the Lexington Board of Selectmen voted 3 to 1 to place housing along this view-scape…this sunset over the farm is just one of hundreds I’ve had the privilege of experiencing, but now, those days are numbered…this is a sad day for me…I feel as if my heart has been broken in two…

photos by danielle boudrot

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the goats

Yesterday afternoon, my husband and I walked down to the farm to meet our new neighbors, a family of nigerian dwarf goats! They are as sweet as can be and seem very happy in their new home…as you can see in the photo above, they were getting plenty of food and attention from their expert care-givers!

It was a peaceful visit…something very zen about the whole experience…to simply watch these beautiful creatures living in harmony with their surroundings…it was a timeless moment, void of cell phones and 21st century technology…I could get use to that…

photos by me, 9/18/11

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While researching Chez Panisse, I discovered a heartfelt review written by blogger Adam Roberts…started back in 2004, his blog is called Amateur Gourmet and chronicles his love affair with food along with his transition from law school to professional food writer…on April 19th 2007, he visited Chez Panisse for dinner and composed a magical review…his eloquent writing takes you with him, from the fairy tale facade to the simplicity and balance of each bite, he leaves you with keys in hand, ready to catch the next flight to Berkeley California…if you are one of the lucky ones, and have eaten at Chez Panisse, then reading his post may transport you back to a much loved memory…if you are like me, yearning to experience the ultimate in farm to table perfection, then this review will take you there…Adam is a brilliant and passionate writer…I’m thrilled he has found his calling! Please enjoy!

To read Adam’s review of Chez Panisse, click here

photos by me ~ summer 2011

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On Sunday August 28th 2011, Chez Panisse, the iconic Berkeley California restaurant founded by the one and only Alice Waters, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary! The philanthropic festivities begin on Friday and run through Sunday night…highlights include a Friday “Birthday Eve” dinner with all the flourishes, hosted by Alice Waters and cooked by Jean-Pierre Moulle with Sally Clarke of London, a Saturday Provencal feast cooked by chef David Tanis honoring Nicolas Pagnol, son of French filmmaker Marcel Pagnol whose spirited cinema gave Alice Waters the name for Chez Panisse! And on Sunday, there will be a special screening of Marcel Pagnol’s film “The Baker’s Wife” with an introduction by Alice Waters and Tom Luddy, 4:00 PM at the Pacific Film Archive Theater…all of the proceeds will benefit the Edible Schoolyard Project, a pioneering organization founded by Alice Waters in 1996 which supports an educational program that uses food to nurture, educate, and empower youth…

I’m awed and amazed by what she has been able to accomplish…for me, she is a shining example of how one person can truly make a difference…may we all learn from her courage, strength and good will…

the photos in today’s post are from the Berkeley Edible Schoolyard as well as the Pittsburgh Edible Schoolyard…

“We believe every child has a right to fresh, healthy food. And we believe public school is the best place to provide it. Like physical education programs—established forty years ago in response to a presidential commission concerned about the fitness of our nation’s youth—food education and access to fresh, healthy food must become part of the public school experience. The Foundation has developed three program areas to support this vision.” ~ Alice Waters

School Lunch Reform ~ A strategy to transform the quality of school food nationwide, and a model school lunch program in the Berkeley Unified School District.

The Edible Schoolyard ~ A model garden and kitchen program on the grounds of a public school, where students learn the connections between food, health, and the environment.

The Edible Schoolyard Affiliate Network ~ A small network of model programs which demonstrate that the Edible Schoolyard can succeed in a diverse set of climates and communities, and through a variety of funding streams.

To learn more about the Edible Schoolyard, click here

below, a tomato tasting at the Berkeley Edible Schoolyard

below, students shuck corn at the Berkeley Edible Schoolyard

below, students from the Pittsburgh Edible Schoolyard

below, T-shirt designed by Alice Waters…the chef partnered with Levi’s on a limited-edition collection of T-shirts and enlisted friends Sofia Coppola,  David Byrne, Dave Eggers, and Maira Kalman to contribute a design…to see all four designs, click here

photos from Vogue.com, Foodiebia.blogspot.com, Berkeleyside.com, aboutharvest.com

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a pair of peppers

a pair of peppers from the farm…I just couldn’t resist capturing their beauty this morning…hope you are enjoying the luscious flavors of summer!

photo by me, 8/22/11

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My husband and I are fortunate enough to live within walking distance of a beautiful working farm…yesterday, while shopping for dinner, I decided to take some photographs of the purple cabbage…I can’t even begin to describe to you how gorgeous this was in person…and to think, mother nature created this extraordinary color combination of purple, green and pink for us…how can we not be in awe of this miracle!

Wishing you a very happy weekend filled with colorful surprises!

photos by danielle boudrot, 6/16/11

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a pennsylvania farm

A dear friend of mine sent me this wonderful story from the NY Times and I just had to share it with you…it features a Pennsylvania farm brought back to life by its passionate homeowners, Esther and Brian Dormer, and their innovative designer, Lisa Dagnal…when the Dormers bought the farm 11 years ago, its 150 rolling acres were covered in trash…the family spent weekends clearing the debris and eventually hired a professional farmer to help them grow organic food for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank…from 2001 through 2007, the farm donated more than 150,000 pounds of food! Bravo to the Dormers for their vision, hard work, and generosity! After seven successful years of farming, they decided to turn the working farm into a weekend getaway for family and friends…it is filled with a brilliant mix of decorative and utilitarian ideas…my favorite, the wheelbarrows in the lower barn that have been dressed up with silver and dark brown paint (top photo)…they transform into ice buckets for parties! What fun!

But this post would not be complete without a little story to accompany the photo above…the glowing greenhouses recall a magical day that is forever etched in my memory, one that I shared with my friend who sent me this article…a most heartfelt thank you to her for thinking of me!

It was cold winter afternoon…I was walking mimi and bella around the back neighborhood and, as always, we pass by Busa farm (in Lexington, MA) on our way home…except that afternoon I noticed something different…the glass greenhouse, which is usually dark that time of year, was all aglow with a warm golden light…it was absolutely beautiful! I stood there at the edge of the sidewalk for as long as the dogs would allow, soaking in the quiet beauty of this luminous glass sculpture amid the winter landscape…for me, this image is a glorious reminder of that special winter day…please enjoy!

photos by Tony Cenicola for the New York Times, to read the entire article, click here

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the farm ~ a ray of hope

Sometimes, an impassioned cause brings people together in ways no one could ever predict…a coming together of heart and mind for a common goal…in January of 2010, I joined a grassroots effort to save a local farm from development…this would be the start of a long journey, and one whose outcome has yet to be determined, but along the way I met a courageous visionary whose tireless energy and optimism gave me hope…my dear friend Janet Kern gave me hope…I want to dedicate this post to her and thank her for all she has shared with me and this community…without her leadership and heroic efforts, we would not be where we are today…we have real hope for the future

May 2011 bring us much to celebrate and may this farm continue to breathe and sustain life for generations to come

To learn more about the progress we are making, click on LexFarm

photos by me, 12/30/10

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the farm

“When I was four years old, as I well remember, I was brought from Boston to this my native town, through these very woods and this field, to the pond. It is one of the oldest scenes stamped on my memory. And now to-night my flute has waked the echos over that very water. The pines still stand here older than I; or, if some have fallen, I have cooked my supper with their stumps, and a new growth is rising all around, preparing another aspect for new infant eyes. Almost the same johnswort springs from the same perennial root in this pasture, and even I have at length helped to clothe that fabulous landscape of my infant dreams, and one of the results of my presence and influence is seen in these bean leaves, corn blades and potato vines.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

(photos by danielle boudrot, summer 2010)

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