First Root Farm
First Root is a little vegetable farm with a big heart. We are young farmers who grow food with love. We love to eat, we love to cook, and we love working outside.
We farm on 4.5 acres of historic farmland in Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA. Since 2009, we have been providing sustainably-grown vegetables and flowers to our community in eastern Massachusetts. Our vegetables are available in the summer, fall, and winter through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We also sell to several local restaurants and operate a mini-farmstand.
We use organic and sustainable growing practices because we want this land to be fertile and healthy for generations to come. We host monthly community work days and farm potlucks because we believe connecting folks to each other and the land and the food we all eat is both satisfying and important.
As a successful start-up farm, we hope to inspire other farmers (young and old) to take the plunge and make their own farm dreams come true.
Posted by Laura :: Friday, March 18 :: 12:02pm
Meet Your Farmers!
Tuesday, March 29th
Harvey Wheeler Community Center
Join Laura and other Concord farmers for a panel discussion about issues facing farmers today. Local Concord farmers will give an insider’s view into the fascinating day-to-day work of growing produce here in town. Irrigation, nutrient management, weeds, pests & more!
In addition there will be a brief presentation regarding Town Meeting warrant articles relating to agriculture
Informal Meet & Greet following the panel Get to know your local farmers and learn about Concord’s many farmstands and CSAs!
The Concord Agriculture Committee works to promote agriculture in town. This public forum is a great way to get to know some of the many farmers in town. Laura will be talking about season extension and how we manage our four hoophouses to produce greens year-round. Bring your questions!
Posted by Laura :: Wednesday, March 9 :: 12:37pm
Yesterday, for International Women's Day, Audra Mulkern, founder of the Female Farmer Project, put out a call for women farmers to post pictures of themselves to social media with the hashtag #Ilooklikeafarmer. I'm not usually one for things like this, and I'd never (true story) taken a selfie with my phone before yesterday. I'd never even heard of the Female Farmer Project before a farmer friend posted about it yesterday. But I checked it out and it seems pretty awesome, so I figured I'd join the fun.
The idea behind the Female Farmer Project is to document women working in agriculture, though an amazing collection of photos and stories. It celebrates women growing and raising food and creating positive change across the food system.
Scrolling through hundreds of photos on Facebook and Instagram yesterday with the hashtag #Ilooklikeafarmer was pretty incredible. People I knew kept popping up in my feed. All of the stories and photos resonated with me--women growing everything from tomatoes to grain to flowers, raising goats and cattle and bees, running their family's farm or starting their own businesses. In a career that has been traditionally dominated by men, it was wonderful to see so many women proudly showing off their farms, saying "I look like a farmer, because I am one."
I started farming when I was a teenager. From the first day that I stepped foot on a farm, I was surrounded by women running the show--women driving the tractors, tilling the fields, moving cows and sheep, slaughtering chickens, harvesting, problem-solving, fixing, managing, rocking it. Farming is hard work and it can be lonely at times. But from the moment I decided I wanted this to be my career, I have never once doubted that I could make it as a women farmer. I attribute that to all the farming women I've learned from over the years, who have showed me compassion and patience, who have inspired me to keep working,
Seeing yourself represented and reflected in others is a big deal. It means you are not alone. It helps you imagine a life, and a future, for yourself. I am one of the lucky ones--I've had rocking female farm inspirations all around me from day one. Lots of people don't have that. So here's a huge shout out to the Female Farmer Project for helping to make female farmers more visible, for bringing our stories to the world.
Female farmers aren't the only farmers who have been made largely invisible by the mainstream media. Farmers of color, and migrant and immigrant farmers who grow a huge percentage of the country's food, are often overlooked, especially in the young, up-and-coming organic farming movement. As farmers and eaters, we still have a lot of work to do--to bring basic human rights to all the people who are growing our food, and to celebrate and make visible the beautiful diversity of farms in this country that are owned, operated, staffed, and fueled by people of color, immigrants, queer people, and women.
The Color Of Food is amazing multimedia project focusing on the stories of Black, Latino, Native & Asian farmers--and you can buy the book. It's awesome!
The Queer Farmer Film Project made an awesome documentary about queer farmers across the US, and there are some great stories on their blog as well.
I know there are migrant farm communities organizing for justice and telling their stories--but I don't know who they are. Please comment if you do and I'll update this post to include those websites.
With all of my heart, thank you to all of all the women who have graced First Root with their awesomeness over the years. Nina, Cheryl, Lisa, Liz, Benny, Mal, Nora. You all rocked it (and still are rocking it!)