What happens at the Field Station?Why does it matter?

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"This is not just a local issue. The preservation of the current condition of this station is important to the entirety of Eastern Massachusetts"

Senator Mike Barrett

Waltham City Council approves CPA Funding

November 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Waltham City Council approves CPA Funding

At its meeting on November 12, 2019, Waltham City Council voted unanimously (W. Fowler absent, R. LeBlanc recused, Pres. Brasco not voting) to approve the Long Term Debt Committee’s recommendation to use $13,750,000 from CPA funds for the Field Station purchase. Thank you to every single person for each action you took to get to…

Significant milestone: Mayor McCarthy submits application to secure CPC funds for purchase of the site!

September 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Significant milestone: Mayor McCarthy submits application to secure CPC funds for purchase of the site!

EXCITING NEWS! At its 7PM meeting on September 10, 2019, the City of Waltham Community Preservation Committee will consider an application to purchase the Waltham Field Station and Lawrence Meadow property. Representatives from several Waltham Field Station tenants, as well as other members of the public, plan to deliver testimony in support of the application.…

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…