Waltham Farm Day

On a beautiful fall day, well over 200 people came to the Waltham Fields Community Farm to connect with Waltham’s agricultural past at the first “Waltham Farm Day.”  The September 26 event was co-sponsored by the Waltham Fields Community Farm, Healthy Waltham, the Mayor’s Office, and the Waltham Public Schools.  Young and old enjoyed apple cider pressing, digging for sweet potatoes, cleaning shallots and garlic, a composting demonstration, and an art project.  Presentations on cooking greens and drying herbs were some of the other activities enjoyed by attendees.

Here are some highlights of the day from the Waltham Community Access Channel:

Vegetable Recipe Book

What’s on your Table? is Healthy Waltham’s vegetable cookbook compiled in collaboration with the Waltham Fields Community Farm.  This excellent resource is arranged alphabetically by vegetable.  In addition to recipes, there is nutrition information, storage tips, and more.  

You can find the recipe books here:

What’s on your Table? (English Version of Cookbook)

Que hay en tu Mesa? (Spanish Version of Cookbook)

 

Healthy Kids, Healthy Snacks Recipe Book

Looking for healthy snack ideas for kids?  Our Healthy Kids, Healthy Snacks recipe book can be downloaded by clicking here.

Healthy snack grants in two Waltham Schools this year

This fall, fresh fruit and vegetable snacks will be provided free twice a week to students at the Whittemore and Stanley Elementary Schools through a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Grant.  The Waltham Food Service Department applied for this grant in collaboration with Healthy Waltham.  The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  The FFVP began as a pilot project authorized by Congress in 2002 as a part of the effort to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn to make healthier food choices.  The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, also known as the Farm Bill, permanently authorized the program nationwide. The program is currently limited to elementary schools with 50% or more participation in free and reduced-price lunch. Schools are encouraged to support the program with classroom activities that focus on healthy eating and the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Walk & Talk with Elected Officials

Back for its second summer, “Walk and Talk with Elected Officials” kicked off on July 6.  Organized by Healthy Waltham, the event combines physical exercise with the opportunity to speak with our elected officials.  The event takes place Monday evenings at Leary Field on Bacon Street from 6:00-7:15 pm.  All are welcome.

Please see the coverage in the Daily News Tribune by clicking here.