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"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

Walt Disney

In The Field Station’s Genes: Walton C. Galinat

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on In The Field Station’s Genes: Walton C. Galinat

                  Before the land at the Waltham Field Station became a mosaic of community gardens, farming greenhouses, and cold storage units, there were hundreds of rows of research plots. The Waltham Field Station was a place of serious academic study from the 1920s to the mid-1990s—nearly 70…

Keeping Us in the Loop: Waltham Land Trust

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Keeping Us in the Loop: Waltham Land Trust

If you look at the official map of the Western Greenway Trail, a trail running throughout Waltham, the first thing you will notice is how colorful it is. A key in the corner notes the differences between blue, yellow, pink and black stretches of path. The second thing you will see is the shape: when…

A Common Knowledge Secret: Waltham Fields Community Farm

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on A Common Knowledge Secret: Waltham Fields Community Farm

The Waltham Field Station is something of a secret garden. Nestled between two iconic local institutions–Bentley University and the Girl Scouts national museum at Camp Cedar Hill– the station also adds to Beaver Street’s immense cultural significance. All three institutions are built on land handed down from beloved local farmer and philanthropist Cornelia Warren, and…

Experienced Past, Sustainable Future:  Mass Farmers Markets

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Experienced Past, Sustainable Future:  Mass Farmers Markets

Out of eight total, the oldest non-profit at the Waltham Field Station is none other than Mass Farmers Markets. At the time Mass Farmers Markets was originally established in the 1978, the station was still a functioning agricultural lab facility. Now, here at 240 Beaver Street, Mass Farmers Markets blends seamlessly into the station’s missions…

Grassroots Connections: Grow Native Massachusetts

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Grassroots Connections: Grow Native Massachusetts

Every organization that calls the Waltham Field Station home began in the same way: identifying a need in the communities of Waltham, the Greater Boston Area, or Massachusetts, and developing some kind of response. Grow Native Massachusetts is no exception. Since 2010, Grow Native Massachusetts has taken a grassroots approach to native plant awareness, in…

Protecting Our Soil for 25 Seasons: Green Rows of Waltham

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Protecting Our Soil for 25 Seasons: Green Rows of Waltham

The Waltham Field Station is known for its exceptional soil, which local growers have always shared. Historically, university demonstration plots were maintained alongside horticulturalists’ greenhouses and commercial fields. Now, non-profit farmers share the growing space with climate change scientists and community gardeners. This summer, Green Rows of Waltham, the community gardeners’ organization, celebrates its 25th…

 Unsung Heroines: Dee Kricker and Cornelia Warren

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on  Unsung Heroines: Dee Kricker and Cornelia Warren

Speaking with Dee Kricker, a Waltham community member to her very core, is a truly delightful experience. I was recently lucky enough to have such an opportunity, which I took in order to learn more about her involvement at the Waltham Field Station and the resulting award she received last June. Dee was recognized by…

Room to Grow: Waltham Field Station Dawn Redwood

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Room to Grow: Waltham Field Station Dawn Redwood

Before the Waltham Field Station was transformed into a center for urban sustainability and agriculture by the hard work of its current tenants, it was better known as the UMass Suburban Experiment Station. Starting in the 1940s, it was a home for researchers, farmers, and educators. Usual suspects working at the station included plant and…

Good Citizens from Paw to Tail: The Charles River Dog Training Club

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Good Citizens from Paw to Tail: The Charles River Dog Training Club

  Tuesday evenings at the Waltham Field Station are anything but sleepy. When the offices close and the fields empty, the Charles River Dog Training Club (CRDTC) brings in new energy. People and their puppies occupy the station, turning the bottom floor and rose garden into lively classrooms. The CRDTC is the second oldest non-profit…

A Home for Flora and Fauna: The Best Bees Company

August 17, 2019 | Comments Off on A Home for Flora and Fauna: The Best Bees Company

The Waltham Field Station is famous for its flora.  Farmland surrounds the administrative building, featuring an operating farm on one side, community garden plots on the other, and a CSA stand in between. The station’s old lab spaces are the birthplace of the most popular varieties of sweet corn and broccoli. Beloved and widely available…