Upcoming Educational Events at the Farm

You’re invited to attend these upcoming events in our new educational series —
“Springing into Nature”:

Organic Gardening for Beginners
Saturday, May 14 at 1pm
Boulder Knoll Community Farm

  • Want to start a garden this spring but dont know where to begin? Looking for some tips to boost your garden’s health and resilience? Come help us kickoff our “Springing into Nature” series this Saturday at the farm for a workshop on how to get started. You’ll participate in hands-on demonstrations and have a chance to ask your questions! We’ll talk about site preparation, sun and water factors, soil structure and health, and plant selection. All ages welcome.

Patterning in Nature
Saturday, May 21 at 1pm
Boulder Knoll Community Farm

  • Ever wondered why artists and poets alike are so inspired by nature?? In this art-themed workshop, we’ll take a look at some of the most common patterns in nature. We’ll use identification guides to teach us a few tricks, and sketch wild and domestic plants, insects and natural items alike. Bring your creativity and an open mind!

The Ground Beneath our Toes
Saturday, May 28, 1-3 pm
Boulder Knoll Community Farm

  • Join us as we plunge into the earth for a look at soil ecology, decomposition and soil makeup! Using GPS maps that indicate Boulder Knoll’s three soil types, we’ll dig soil pits at different locations, compare their makeups, and talk about how forests and farmers use different techniques for building soil. Bring your scientific mind and a willingness to get “soily”!

Learning Wild Edible Plants
Friday, June 3, 4-6 pm
Boulder Knoll Community Farm

  • Many of the plants we consider weeds are actually delicious salad additions, and native Americans used wild food stocks for hundred of years. We’ll walk around the farm’s perimeter and into the forest to explore what kinds of wild foods occur where, when and how to eat them. Participants will help collect ingredients for a wild salad! Bring an open palate, we will be taste-testing!

All events are free and open to the public. I hope you can join us! RSVP kindly requested to educator (at) boulderknollfarm (dot) com.

Stay tuned for more fun and educational events in the coming weeks and months.


Earth Day on the Farm!

Earth Day on the Farm!
April 22nd 1-3pm

Come join for an afternoon of “Exploring Different Ecosystems and Habitats” at Boulder Knoll next Friday, April 22. We will be walking around the perimeter of the farm and discovering ecosystem types and landscape features including: northern hardwood forest, wetlands, marsh, meadowland and more.

Farm educator Julia Meurice will be leading the walk. Come prepared to adventure rain or shine! Closed shoes and long pants required.

Click here for directions to the farm.

Interesting upcoming event at the Cheshire Library

Walters has really embraced sustainable living and eating, and this should be an interesting event for all. Register online here.

Terry Walter’s Clean Start Book Signing & Tasting
Thursday, April 28 7:00pm
Cheshire Public Library

Terry Walters will present a cooking demo based on her new book CLEAN START. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Terry Walters’ first book, Clean Food, caused a sensation and fueled a nationwide movement about nourishment and clean food that’s been embraced all the way to the White House. Cooks, foodies, and anyone in search of a healthy and sustainable approach to eating and living well embraced her philosophy: eat minimally processed foods for maximum nutrition. Clean Food taught us the benefits of eating locally grown, seasonal, and fresh. And now, CLEAN START makes it even easier for everyone-from the kitchen novice to the seasoned chef-to eat clean. CLEAN START features 100 exciting new recipes for the foods we all need more of, featuring Terry’s signature quick, easy, and delicious preparations. CLEAN START inspires you to take the next step…no matter where you’re starting.

News from the Farm – September 3, 2010

Your share this week

  • Onions
  • greens – chard, kale, parsley
  • tomatoes – both kinds – roast ‘em or freeze ‘em
  • eggplant, cukes, a few squash
  • possibly carrots


Tomorrow 8 am to 2 pm. We could use some help breaking down and staffing the tables.

Or just come to browse and buy some great (and pretty darn inexpensive) stuff!


News from the Farm – August 20, 2010

Work issues

Potatoes are fun to harvest, for adults and kids, especially if there are a few nice people to work with. Come to help with the potato harvest tomorrow, Saturday 8/21, starting at 11 am.

We need more people to work the harvests. If we have 3 members besides me and my daughter Alani, it’ll go much faster and you will get a better share. Come at 8:30 and leave when you need to. Please contact Annmarie Golioto if you can help on Sundays or Wednesdays. Signing up for harvests weeks ahead of time really helps us plan.

Here’s what you’ll probably get this week:

  • potatoes (Austrian Crescent fingerling, Keuka Gold or Kennebec)
  • scallions
  • eggplant (could be a choice with squash and other things)
  • tomatoes (cherry and regular-sized heirloom varieties)
  • parsley, basil for pesto, kale or chard
  • cucumbers
  • garlic (Sunday)
  • not sure about the fruit selection this week – probably choice of melon or peaches

Pick up issues

PLEASE tell me when you’re not going to pick up.  Write it on the switch sheet if you know in advance. Most members are remembering to do this. Last week was good – only a couple of no shows.

Please look carefully at the white board to guide your selection process. If you goof, you might be taking something that belongs to someone else. Ask the member who is staffing the shed for help if you need it.

Tag sale

Our huge benefit sale is September 4th on the Cheshire green in front of the Congregational Church.  You can rent a space for a $10 donation and sell your own stuff or just donate the items to the Friends of Boulder Knoll. Good stuff only please! Furniture is welcome – It sells well. You can bring last minute items when you pick up your food this week. I’ll help you get it into Bob Giddings’ barn next door. And don’t forget to come to the sale – You’ll be impressed by the quantity and quality!

Contact Meredith@friendsofboulderknoll.com for more info.

The farm dinner

We had a blast. Thanks to all who attended! Check out the pics on our website Friendsofboulderknoll.com. Thanks especially to members Fellis and Hap Jordan who worked really hard to make it an event to remember and to Meredith Berger, Dan Groberg, Bob Giddings, Kathryn Frund, Greg Melville, my family and others who came early to staff the shed, make flower arrangements, set up drinks, handle parking, and so on.

See you at the farm!

Photos from the Farm Dinner

Photos from the Farm Dinner

Thank you everyone for an incredible event this evening!

We raised nearly $1,700 for Friends of Boulder Knoll, and had some delicious eats thanks to the generosity of Caseus Bistro and Jordan Caterers.

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped support our cause. Friends of Boulder Knoll and Boulder Knoll Community Farm are a product of your support, your donation of time and/or money, and your concern for local, sustainable communities. We couldn’t do it without your help, and we are constantly humbled and amazed by our community of supporters.

Liese Klein joined us this evening and took some great photos of the event. Check out the pictures, and please join us again at a future event (such as our upcoming tag sale!).

A Casual Culinary Event on the Farm

A Casual Culinary Event on the Farm

You are invited to attend …

A Casual Culinary Evening at the Farm

Caseus of New Haven and Boulder Knoll Community Farm
come together for a special evening of edibles and education.

Come learn what’s going on at the farm and enjoy a gourmet picnic dinner!

Best grilled cheese ever, gazpacho, salad, beverages,
and dessert provided by Jordan Caterers.
Please contact us for more information.
All proceeds to benefit Friends of Boulder Knoll

Tickets must be purchased in advance.
If you wish to pay by cash or check, please contact us.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Boulder Knoll Community Farm 850 Boulder Road, CheshireCT 06410

Register for Casual Culinary Evening at the Farm in Cheshire, CT  on Eventbrite

News from the Farm – July 15


We finally got some good rain after a very hot dry period. This was a huge relief to me and to the veggie and flower plants in the garden. All of the plants have started to grow fast because of it. Tomatoes are looking good; knock on wood. We’re getting a lot of fall plantings in now while the soil is moist. As one crop comes out, another crop goes in.

Your share next week

You’ll get blueberries, greens, garlic, red Norland and Caribe potatoes, sumac berries for sumac lemonade (no, it’s not poison sumac, silly), probably a choice of carrots or golden and red beets, maybe the following in the choice bin: Oriental Express eggplant, several varieties of summer squash, Sungold cherry tomatoes, Sugar Snap peas, other items.

After this nice rain the flowers will start to get bigger and brighter. Take a pair of scissors and a bag and pick a nice bouquet for your table. We have lavender, statice, orange cosmos, snapdragons, batchelor’s buttons and more. Some are shorter than they should be because of heat stress, but don’t let that stop you.

I won’t be at the distribution this coming Sunday, so I’ll miss seeing most of the Sunday folks.


  • Sept 4 – Huge Tag Sale to benefit Friends of Boulder Knoll. If you’d like to get more info and volunteer to help, sign up in the distribution hoop house at the farm. You can donate good quality sale-worthy items or even have your own table. Last year we had tons of good stuff and made around $2000! Thanks to member Meredith Berger who stepped up to help organize this year’s sale.
  • Ten high school and post-high school youth from the Waterbury Workforce program are coming to the farm on two consecutive Fridays, July 23 and July 30 to learn about plants and gardening and to do some work. Let me know if you’d like to stop by to visit or help.

Work needs

We need lots of weeding, mulching and path making. We also need someone to straighten up the toolshed, clean up the perennials, weed the herb garden, and replant the mint and yarrow somewhere else.

A couple of pick-up reminders

Make sure you tell me no later than the day before your pick up day if you’re not going to pick up your share. I need to tell Wayne not to bring your fruit share. And remember to check off your name on the distribution list when you pick up your stuff.

In the event of a stormy morning that forces a postponement of the harvest, I’ll send out an email in the early morning. Feel free to call me to confirm (cell 203-645-1734 or home 203-393-1245)

See you at the farm!

News from the Farm – May 24, 2010

The planting continues at Boulder Knoll Community Farm!

Here’s what’s in the ground:

  • some tomatoes
  • almost all the potatoes (six different kinds)
  • onions
  • leeks
  • peas
  • Swiss chard
  • kale
  • lettuce
  • Chinese cabbage
  • broccoli raab
  • beets
  • parsnips
  • flowers
  • radishes
  • scallions
  • garlic

Still to plant:

  • more tomatoes
  • eggplant
  • peppers
  • sweet potatoes
  • squash
  • cukes
  • green beans
  • more flowers
  • more lettuce
  • tomatillos
  • basil


Members’ and friends’ farm tour, picnic lunch and work day, Sunday, June 6

Picnic lunch and farm tour on Sunday, June 6, noon until 2. See the new planting space and the improvements to the distribution shed. Bring your own lunch, something to sit on, and some gloves if you’d like to stay for some work afterward. Please RSVP with numbers and how long you plan to stay. If you can’t stay to work, that’s OK. Please come for the gathering anyway.

Domingo’s cargo bike

Member Domingo Medina has a fantastic idea that we could deliver our produce to Caseus, our restaurant friend, via bicycle on the Farmington Canal bike trail. He has purchased a cargo bike that can hold up to 400 lbs and can be assisted by an electric motor. He’ll be riding up to the farm on Wednesday morning to see if it’s a reasonable trip from his home on Canner St. in New Haven. We’ll experiment with different ways of loading the bike. It will be important to deliver produce in perfect condition, so we’ll probably need to experiment with coolers too. If it works, we’ll be asking for other people to try riding the bike to do the delivery too. We’re sure to get some press for this!

Field trip

We are hosting over 50 second grade children from Waterbury for a field trip at the farm on Friday May 28th from 10 am until noon. We’re going to teach about healthy soil including activities on composting and worms, and a garden tour and scavenger hunt. If you are interested in helping with this event and being with the kids, please send me a note. I would love to have a few more adults to help.

Wish list

  • large sheets of cardboard or craft paper for paths
  • 1/2 inch plywood (pieces will be used to cover hoop house end wall)
  • wood chips (if you know any tree service people, I’ll take a quantity of chips – Have them contact me.)
  • railroad ties or the equivalent for making a raised bed next to the hoop house distribution shed
  • string for trellising
  • compost fixins from your kitchen (please dump them on the right hand compost pile)
  • a good, relatively lightweight wheel barrow or garden cart
  • metal “T” posts
  • cedar posts

Work at the farm

Thanks a million to the folks who have come to the farm to work. Our farm sure wouldn’t function very well without the contributions of all the members.

If you haven’t had a chance to get out there yet, check out the available work times every week. Even a small amount of time worked makes a big difference on the farm. I think everyone has enjoyed themselves and I can find jobs for all physical abilities. Come to do some of your 12 hours before it gets too hot.

Make sure our work coordinator, Annmarie Golioto, knows when you plan to come and for how long. When you’re done for the day, send her a note so she can keep track of the work that you’ve done.

Your veggie farmer,

Welcome to Boulder Knoll Community Farm

Greetings to members of Boulder Knoll Community Farm for 2010!

Welcome to new and returning sharers!

I’m anticipating a great growing season. We appreciate your enthusiastic support of our farm and of local food. We look forward to some great happenings this year – cooking demos, pick your own flowers and maybe berries, fruit from High Hill Orchard in Meriden, and a farm dinner or two by talented chefs from Caseus Fromagerie Bistro. We’ve expanded our membership to 53 CSA shares and will donate food to two soup kitchens in Waterbury and Meriden. We’ll continue to sell produce to Caseus and host educational programs to area youth and children.

Now that the rain has let up we can start to transplant the many seedlings that I have started in the greenhouse. They’re happily awaiting their permanent homes in our rich soil. Kale, scallions, Swiss chard, leeks and onions can be transplanted in the next week or so. Beets, carrots, peas, and greens will get direct seeded in April. Flowers, tomatoes, eggplant, basil, escarole, lettuce and peppers are growing, but need a few more weeks. Wow, there sure is a lot to do!

The farm needs your help

April and May are busy months for cleaning up, prepping beds and planting. I’ll be sending periodic emails to update you on our progress.

Since we really need your help in these early months I’ll be sending notes with available work times and descriptions of tasks that need doing.
You’ll never be on your own; I will always be there to teach and supervise your work. I’m generally at the farm for at least part of every day, so weekdays and weekend times will be available.

I’ll need someone organized who can act as work coordinator for the farm. Last year a couple of members split the season; their work was invaluable to me. Please let me know if you’re interested in doing this job for your work contribution.

I’ll be scheduling a potluck/ work party sometime this spring – a fun way to get to know other members and get a lot done as a group. Watch for it!

Upcoming events

  • Healthy Kids First with Tim Cipriano, Saturday April 10, 2010, 4 – 6 pm,
    Hosted by Greg Melville, 474 Maple Avenue, Cheshire, CT 06410

    Chef Tim Cipriano, the dynamic Executive Director of Food Service for the New Haven Public Schools will speak on bringing healthy food from  local farms to school children in Cheshire and New Haven. For more information about Tim and New Haven school food please check out Tim’s blog.

    Everyone’s invited! For more info or to RSVP, please click here.

  • Join us for a tour of the farm. Sunday April 25, 12:00 noon. You and your family can have a walk through the garden. I’ll tell you about the logistics of the CSA and answer any lingering questions you may have. Bring a bag lunch if you’d like. I’ll supply the drinks.

Farm Blog

Check out our website and blog at boulderknollfarm.com. Thanks to Dan Groberg, web-master extraordinaire, we have a recipe and food ideas section to which we hope you’ll contribute. There’s a member forum for asking questions and sharing thoughts, a work needs page and a page on which I’ll post the anticipated harvest for the next week. We hope this site will be useful and well-used!

Wish List

Almost everything on the farm is begged, borrowed and even picked off the side of the road at bulk pick-up time.

Here are a few things we need this year:

  • garden trowels
  • digging forks (especially the kind with D-shaped handles and 4 or 5 straight tines)
  • 2x4s or 2x3s in decent condition (for construction)
  • two large water coolers with a spigot for drinking water and hand washing
  • hoses of any length (with non-leaky fittings)
  • large sheets of cardboard for paths
  • your kitchen scraps for our compost pile (put them in the right hand pile for now)
  • racks that we can dry onions on (look for closet shelving or other closely spaced grates)
  • saw horses
  • a “garden weasel” (this is a spiky, rolling thing with a waist high handle that you use to break up the soil surface)

Thanks again to everyone who joined the farm this year. I’m looking forward to great food, great learning and great community.

Brenda Caldwell
Your grateful farmer
Boulder Knoll Community Farm