Tuesday, September 25, 2012
An adorable volunteer.
When the Spence Farm fruit orchard was planted this summer, hundreds of people chipped in—including several children! Here is young Damian digging a hole for an Empire apple tree. We can't wait to see how the fruit orchard looks in full bloom! Thanks to Damian's mom for sending in this great photo! Do you have a picture you'd like to share with us for Photo of the Day? Remember, all POTD come from readers, so without you, we have no photos! Text them to 781-502-8325 or e-mail email@example.com. We will publish your photos as soon as we can!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Proceeds from the recycling collection will benefit the Woburn Residents' Environmental Network. Event is open to all residents of Massachusetts.
Want to get rid of your old appliances? There is an appliance recycling collection this weekend to help you do just that. The collection will be held today, Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spence Farm. Former Woburn alderman Paul Medeiros coordinated the collection with a Massachusetts company that will collect appliances at drop-off sites set up throughout the city at various times throughout the year. These coordinated pick-ups will give residents the opportunity to recycle appliances at a cheaper rate, while benefiting local organizations. Saturday’s collection will benefit the Woburn Residents' Environmental Network and its programs and projects. Also, a portion of the proceeds from these collections are used for a …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Dog Days of Summer event is this Sunday.
As summer nears its end, the city's Farmer's Market is planning a last "Dog Days of Summer" event featuring... shelter dogs, hot dogs (of the eating variety) and a dog park. Although dogs are welcome at the Farmer's Market any time of the year, the Woburn Agricultural Commission is encouraging shoppers to bring their pups and learn about animal shelters this weekend. "We are thrilled to have Northeast Animal Shelter at the Farmer’s Market, as many folks from Woburn and surrounding communities have adopted their pets from this wonderful organization," said Agricultural Commission member Paul Medeiros. Representatives from the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem will be at the market between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday to answer questions …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Being a part of Woburn history.
When the city planted its new fruit orchard at Spence Farm, nearly 100 residents took part and became a part of Woburn history. Sharon Sullivan sent this photo to us of her children helping to plant one of the many fruit trees that will grow and prosper at Spence Farm. For more on the Spence Farm fruit orchard, check out our story here! Do you have a picture you'd like to share with us for Photo of the Day? Remember, all POTD come from readers, so without you, we have no photos! Text them to 781-502-8325 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We will publish your photos as soon as we can!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Volunteers plant apple, cherry, peach, pear and plum trees at Spence Farm.
He’s been called a modern-day Johnny Appleseed. But unlike Appleseed, Rico Montenegro doesn’t plant apple seeds from which apple trees will grow. An arborist and horticulturalist, he doesn’t plant fruit trees, either. In Friday’s heat, about 100 volunteers gathered at Spence Farm to plant 25 fruit trees under Montenegro’s tutelage. “I provide encouragement. The community does the work,” Montenegro told Patch. Woburn won the trees in the Edy’s Communities Take Root program. People voted on line for their community to receive the trees. Woburn received 25,549 votes, the fourth highest number. The top vote-getter received 30,000 votes. Fruit from the trees—apple, cherry, peach, pear and plum—will be used within the community, including …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Fruit trees to be planted today at 9 a.m.
UPDATE: Aug. 3— The city of Woburn, along with a crew of volunteers, will be planting a fruit orchard today at Spence Farm. The fun begins at 9 a.m. The orchard planting is sponsored by Edy's, which will be providing lots of Edy's Fruit Bars and cold drinks for volunteers. Lunch will also be served. Volunteers should bring yard tools, if they have them, including gloves, shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows. According to the Friends of Spence Farm Facebook page, "Holes have been dug and ready for the trees thanks to the dedicated efforts of our DPW/Parks and Engineering Departments. Thanks to Mayor Scott Galvin for his foresight in arranging the purchase of the property and support of all things going on at Woburn's Spence Farm property." …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
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Friday, June 8, 2012
The second season of the Spence Farm Farmers' Market begins this weekend.
The second full season of the Spence Farm Farmers' Market opens to the public this Sunday, June 10. The market, which ran successfully last summer, was modified for winter sales. But along with the sunshine, the summer session is back this weekend. According to Woburn Agricultural Commission member Paul Medeiros, the summer market will run each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 to October 21. "We have local farmers and vendors of all types bringing their food, wine and artisan offerings to [Spence Farm]," said Medeiros. In addition to the goods, this weekend's grand opening will also feature a petting zoo, hayrides, and musical entertainment from two Woburn Bands—Seen Better Days [10 a.m. to noon] and Carry The Team [noon to 2 p.m…
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Grassroots effort has put city just shy of fifth place. For information on how to help, read below.
May 18—After just one month of voting, the city of Woburn is almost in the running for its own fruit orchard through the Communities Take Root program. The city is 450 votes shy of fifth place. A grassroots effort has sprung up online through e-mail and Facebook to keep Woburnites voting. April 19—Woburn already has a thriving Farmers' Market. But wouldn't it be great if the city itself grew its own vegetables and fruit? It could happen, if Woburn is able to gain enough votes in the Edy's Fruit Bars Communities Take Root & Fruit Tree Planting Foundation grant program. According to Mayor Scott Galvin and the Woburn Agricultural Commission, the grant will provide—at no cost to the city—a fruit tree orchard, irrigation system, a …
Monday, February 6, 2012
A resident gives his opinion in this letter to the editor.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Editor's Note: When the city bought part of Spence Farm, it turned the land into a Farmer's Market and recreation area for Woburn residents. Now, an adjoining parcel is up for sale and could soon turn into a development. The group Save Spence Farm! has suggested the city meet the developer's price—$4.5 million—and operate a golf driving range on the site. But Mayor Scott Galvin has reservations about the group's proposal, citing money as one of the major concerns. Woburn Patch is publishing a Letter to the Editor from Save Spence Farm! this morning. Continue the conversation in our comments: Do you agree with the group? The mayor? Let us know! To the Residents of Our City: You may have heard about our proposal to help prevent flooding …