Concord Community Programming
Pre-registration has closed, but walk-in registration is available for some parts of the Gathering.
Friday, November 4
8:15 - 1:00 The Farm School Immersion at The Farm School (Athol, MA) - SOLD OUT
8:30 - 3:30 Urban Growing and Education in Boston - SOLD OUT
9:00 - 4:00 Mission, Drive, and Heart at Four Farm-Based Education Organizations - SOLD OUT
9:00 - 4:00 Community Farms from A to Z - SOLD OUT
2:00 - 3:30 Heifer International Heifer Farm - LIMITED SPACE. EMAIL VERA FOR INFO:
2:00 - 4:00 Accessible Farm-Based Education: Welcoming People of All Abilities’ at Drumlin Farm - SOLD OUT
2:00 - 4:00 A Guided Walk through Minuteman National Park with Brian Donahue - LIMITED SPACE. EMAIL VERA FOR INFO:
4:30 - 7:30 Pizza Supper at Verrill Farm (11 Wheeler Rd. Concord, MA) - LIMITED SPACE. Attendees may walk-in. $15 at the door.
Massachusetts Farm to School hosts their statewide Farm and Sea to Cafeteria Conference in Leominster. Learn more...
Saturday, November 5
8-5:30 - Full Program: Walk-in registration is available but meals may not be available for walk-ins. ($115/person)
8:00 - 9:00 Registration and light breakfast
9:30 - 12:15 Family Workshop Series - Limited walk-in space available. Info: ($10/child)
9:15 - 10:30 Workshop Session A
10:45 - 11:45 Keynote & Announcements - Community members may walk-in to hear keynote address (free).
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch by Clover Food Lab and Concord Carlisle High School - A limited number of lunch tickets are available for walk-in registrants. ($12 per person)
12 - 12:45 Workshop B
12:15-1:15 Yoga Stretch w/ Sarah Weiland of On the Mat - Community members may walk-in to attend Yoga Stretch. $15.
1:00 - 1:45 Workshop C
2:00 - 3:15 Workshop Session D
Farm to School 101 - Community members may walk in to attend (free).
The Massachusetts Food Plan & New England Food Vision - Community members may walk in to attend (free).
3:30 - 4:45 Workshop Session E
Farmer-to-Private Landowner Partnerships - Community members may walk in to attend (free).
3:30 - 4:45 Workshop Session E
5:30 - 9:30 Taste of Historic Concord at Colonial Inn (48 Monument Square Concord, MA).
Entertainment by The Butler Frogs - A limited number of walk-in tickets are available for Taste of Historic Concord at the Colonial Inn
Sunday, November 6
Workshops take place at Concord Carlisle Regional High School. 500 Walden St. Concord, MA
8 - 1:00 pm - Full Program: $40 per person -Walk-in registration is available but meals may not be available for walk-ins.
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 Announcements and Awards
9:45 - 11:00 Workshop Session F
Money Matters Workshop - Innovative Approaches to Economic Vitality for Sustainable Agriculture
- Community members may walk in to attend (free).
11:15 - 12:30 Workshop Session G
- Community members may walk in to attend (free)
Community Programming In Detail
(Preregistration is required)
Meet at the Battle Road Trail! The Concord landscape is ripe with agricultural history, and Minuteman National Park is no exception! This 966 acre park was the site of "the shot heard round the world" (Ralph Waldo Emerson) which sparked the Revolutionary War. Who was involved in the Lexington-Concord encounters that are so widely taught? Farmers! Explore the role of colonial farmers in shaping the Concord landscape on a 2-hour walking tour through the Battle Road section of the park. Journey through Colonial land use and traditional foodways to today's food system alongside Brian Donahue, a farmer, environmental historian, co-author of "A New England Food Vision", and founding Farm-Based Education Network member
Pumpkin Waffles with Kids Cooking Green
Liza Connolly, Kids Cooking Green, Lexington, MA
Too Many Pumpkins? Actually you can never have too many pumpkins! Students will learn how to cook with and eat a whole, local sugar pumpkin. The “meat” will be used to create our secret vitamin rich pumpkin waffles, topped with hand whipped cream, and the toasted seeds.
Busy Bees, Butterflies, Birds and You!
John Hayden, The Farm Between, Jeffersonville, VT
We've all heard the buzz: pollinators are in trouble! But with a few simple steps, your garden and lawn can become a safe haven for birds, butterflies and bees. Join John Hayden, an organic fruit/nursery grower, entomologist, and pollinator consultant from The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT, to learn why pollinators are essential on our farms and landscapes, and what steps each person can take to build a healthy pollinator population!
The Wonders of Wigglers: A Worm Explore!
Susie Marchand, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
Wiggly worms are fun and essential for making healthy soil! Learn how to set-up and care for a basic worm composting system at home. Bring your favorite worm stories and questions, and get ready to meet some worms.
Tales from the Backyard Chicken Coop
Megan and Ellie Cheek, Concord, MA
Hens, rooster, eggs and more! Join this workshop to learn how one family has built a backyard chicken flock in Concord, MA. Learn how to care for chickens, explore various chicken-house designs, and talk winter weather and local places to purchase chickens and supplies
Lunch at CCHS
12 - 2:00 pm
Enjoy a farm fresh lunch prepared by the creative cooks at Clover Food Lab and CCHS school food professionals.
Yoga Stretch with On the Mat Yoga at CCHS
12:15 - 1:15 pm
(If you are not attending other parts of the FBEN Gathering, please register through On the Mat Yoga)
Yoga Stretch" for all levels. Experienced yogis and yogis who are brand new to the mat will benefit from this midday break of stretching and strengthening. Wear comfy clothes and bring your yoga mat. We will stretch out and bliss out!
Local Feature Panel - The Massachusetts Food Plan and the New England Food Vision
2:00 - 3:15 at CCHS
Join The Trustees and Brian Donahue, Historian, Brandeis University Professor, FBEN co-founder and author of Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town for a deep dive into the systems and structures that will guide local food systems into the future
Farmer-to-Private Landowner Partnerships and other Models of Farmland Access
3:30 - 4:45 at CCHS
Noelle Fogg, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
We believe that farmland access challenges require a comprehensive approach that seeks creative solutions at multiple levels! Partnering land-owners with land seekers can be a win-win for everyone, but these relationships can be complex. Whether you're a landowner, a farmer or someone in between, this workshop will share strategies for successful partnership among multiple stakeholders with a common interest: to keep the working landscape working, and to support vibrant agricultural economies!
Taste of Historic Concord
A Grazing Dinner form 5:30 - 9:30
Enjoy a moveable feast of food reminiscent of Colonial Days prepared for the modern palate and sourced from Concord area farms. Come eat and drink in the historic rooms of Concord’s Colonial Inn where arms and provisions were stored during the Revolutionary War and where Henry David Thoreau resided while attending Harvard. Enjoy delicious food, drinks, live music from The Butler Frogs, and engaging company in the many festive and historic rooms of the Colonial Inn’s first floor. This event is open to the public. Pre-registration is required.
Local legends The Butler Frogs will lively up the Colonial Inn on Saturday Evening. Reserve your tickets.
Local Feature Panel: Agricultural Productivity and Sustainable Farming
9:45 - 11:00 at CCHS
Join Brandeis economist, John Ballentine, Allendale Farm farmer, John Lee for a discussion on innovative approach on agriculture and economics.
Local Feature Panel: Teaching About Agriculture Through the Dinner Plate: A Look Behind a Farm-to-Table Restaurant 9
11:15 - 12:30 at CCHS
In 2016, Woods Hill Table was named Best Farm-to-Table Dining in Massachusetts. What goes into providing exceptional cuisine straight from the farm? Woods Hill Table’s owner, chef, and farmer will focus on the challenges associated with sourcing directly from farmers and the positive implications it can have on its diners, neighboring farmers, and community at large.