There’s more than just veggies growing at Next Barn Over Farm! Check out the schedule below:
Celebrate Abundant August!
Farm potluck, music, campfire!
Saturday, August 13th
6pm to whenever we get tired.
Music by the super fun Flame n’ Peach and the Liberated Waffles
Bring friends, neighbors and a dish to share.
Bring your kiddos to dance and play!
- 7th Annual FULL-BELLY Benefit Dance Party
Saturday, March 19th, 2016 8pm-12am
JCA Social Hall (742 Main St, Amherst)
- Fall Revelry! Monday, October 19th, 2015
To celebrate these beautiful days, and the slow wind down of a bountiful farming season.
- 3:00-5:00pm: beauty, treats and medicine… fire cider making, pumpkin/turnip carving, popcorn ball making, apple tasting and other fun things.
- 5:00-7:00pm: potluck, hot apple cider, bread oven firing
- SHARED HARVEST
Coming Together for Food and Justice
Saturday, September 12, 2015 ~ w6:00pm-9:00pmJoin us for a summer evening of farm food, music, and company at Next Barn Over Farm.To become sustainable over the long term, GTC needs to extend and deepen its network of support. Help us build bridges across the divides of our valley. We hope to see you on September 12th. All money raised will support GTC’s work for food justice and youth development in Springfield.Shared Harvest will be a kid-friendly event, and we invite you to come even if you can’t stay for the whole time. Dinner will be an informal buffet, followed by discussion and music. Afterwards, we’ll also light a bonfire and roast up some s’mores. Feel free to bring family and friends along with you. RSVPs are appreciated as they help us plan for how much food to cook.Hear from Gardening the Community’s youth, staff, and board about their work for food justice and youth leadership in Springfield. Learn about the GTC EATS! Farm Share, a collaboration between GTC and Next Barn Over.
- Mutton and Weeds Fall Folk Festival
Saturday, October 18th, 2:00-11:00pm Our friend Felix of Ape and Ape Inc. is organizing a sheep butchering workshop and fall festival at Next Barn Over.The event is a fundraiser with the goal of raising $2,500 for Help Yourself to plant 50 public access fruit trees in Holyoke as well as to support Gardening the Community’s CSA in Springfield. Suggested donation for all you can eat mutton and music – $10-20.Here is the schedule for the day:2-4pm – Sheep butchering workshop
4pm – Begin spit roasting sheep for feast!
5-7pm – Hide tanning & Friction fire workshops
7pm – Fruit tree seed give away (take home a baby tree!) + mini seed swap (BYO seeds), Help Yourself info session
7-9pm – Live music with YES DEER and FLAME N PEACH
8pm – Cob oven fired up for DIY pizzas
8pm – Wild Foods Potluck dinner / Roast mutton – BYO Sides to share
9pm – Bonfire, hang out, celebrate the fall while marinating in good company!Come for some or come for all, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re thinking of coming, for a head count! Feel free to bring: BYOB (Homebrews to share if feeling generous.) Wild food / home grown potluck appetizer or side for the sheep Veggie / Herb seeds for the seed swap
- Joshua Marcus
Thursday, July 17th, 6:00pm Our friend Joshua Marcus is coming to play! Here’s a description of his music:Marcus’ astonishingly honest and powerful songwriting is steeped in Appalachian tradition and pre-AAA folk innovation, as well as a fondness for hip-hop delivery and math rock timing. Yes! At the heart of his songs is the simple beauty and subtlety of a great melody.
Its all true. He’s really good.Check out more at www.joshuamarcus.comHe will be joined by his friend Noel’le whose project is called Loone, self described as queer banjo witch music – tellyrs-=tory.bandcamp.comThe show will be outside… bring a picnic if you’d like!
- Three Kinds of Wildness
Sunday, May 4th, 8:00pm Three Kinds of Wildness is the newest play from Der Vorführeffekt Theatre, a company under the artistic direction of Donna Oblongata. Featuring an all-star company of multi-disciplinary artists hailing from Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Charlottesville, VA. The play is 100% handmade and homemade, with exquisitely crafted puppets, intricately layered soundscapes, and unconventional theatrical lighting made from salvaged and repurposed materials gathered from around the neighborhood.Directed by Sarah Lowry; Music by Travis Sehorn and Chenda Cope; Designed, created, and performed by: Donna Oblongata, Patrick Costello, Cricket Arrison, Chenda Cope, and Travis Sehorn.Three Kinds of Wildness is on Tour now throughout the Northeast. For more information, go to http://donnaoblongata.com/ orhttps://www.facebook.com/der.vorfuhreffekt
- Thanksgiving Store Annual Extravaganza!
Tuesday, November 26th, 8:00am-6:00pm:Happy to say that we will once again be holding our annual Thanksgiving farm store on Tuesday November 26th from 8am to 6 pm. The farm will be open to the public with a wide array of farm-made and locally-grown items to make your holiday feast abundant. Please help spread the word to your friends!
- Shared Harvest: Coming Together for Food and Justice
Saturday, September 28th from 6:00-8:00pmJoin us for a fall evening of good farm food, music, and company at Next Barn Over Farm.Hear from Gardening the Community’s youth, staff, and board about their work for food justice and youth leadership in Springfield. Learn about the GTC EATS farmshare, a collaboration between GTC and Next Barn Over.To become sustainable over the long term, GTC needs to extend and deepen its network of support. Help us build bridges across the divides of our valley.
- Cob Oven Building Workshop–with Ape & Ape, Inc.
Sunday, September 8th from 9:30am-4:30pm
Sliding scale $30-$60
Cob, also known as adobe, is a traditional and versatile building material made from clay, sand and straw. With it, humans can easily and intuitively build houses, stoves, ovens and more. In this full day workshop we’ll design and build a permanent, highly efficient wood fired outdoor baking oven at Next Barn Over farm, using local clay and materials. Starting with harvesting wild clay, we’ll then mix cob, build the foundation, oven, and finally a roof.
Workshop put on by Ape and Ape, Inc., a valley cooperative offering on-site butchering and instruction, cob building, and edible landscaping.We’ll discuss principles of structure and insulation, and then roll up our sleeves. Participants will be comfortable to make simple cob structures on their own by the end of the day. Bring enthusiasm, work clothes, and empty beer bottles. Pot-luck lunch.
- Making Herbal Salves & Lip Balms– with community herbalist Jade Alicandro
Monday, September 9th from 5:30-7:00pm
Sliding scale $0-$10
Learn how to make your own herbal salves and lip balms with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Useful as all-purpose remedies for cuts, scrapes and bruises. Salves are fun to make with friends and kids and make great gifts too!Participants will all leave with a product we make together in class.Pre-registration requested but not required: email@example.com
- Farm Concert and Potluck:
Tina & Her Pony!!
Tina & Her Pony played a crowd-pleasing potluck concert last year at the farm. They’re coming back to offer their musical charm!
- Saturday, August 31st
Potluck at 5:30pm
Music at 7:00pm
Suggested donation of $10.00
No one turned away for lack of funds!
- Edible Wild Plants Walk
with naturalist John Root
Saturday June 29th, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Free and all ages welcome
- Thanksgiving Store Annual Extravaganza!
Monday, November 19th, 12:00-6:00pm &
Tuesday, November 20th, 12:00-6:00pm: The farm will be open to the public on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving with a wide array of fresh, locally-grown items to make your holiday feast abundant. Plus, farm-made thanksgiving pies!read more….
- A Night to “Stop Stop and Frisk”
Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 6:30pm Come out to celebrate & support the work of organizers from NYC to Hadley, who are going to court this fall in Queens and Brooklyn to put “Stop and Frisk” on trial.Come early in the evening to hear stories from our lives and work. Join in the discussion about the impact of this policy in NYC, and mass incarceration here & across the country.We’ll provide the background info, some food for thought and delicious dessert (on the house). Bring your thoughts to contribute and your cash to support.As the night continues, we’ll be sure to check out the full moon as we dance to hot jams or hang out by the bonfire. Patronize the cash bar. Door: $10 – $40 sliding scale.What is Stop and Frisk?
Stop and Frisk is a policy of the NYPD to stop and search anyone on the street without warrant. 85% of those stopped are Black or Latino, affecting thousands of people every day in New York City. This breaks apart communities of color, targeting populations for mass incarceration. These practices lead to widespread civil and human rights abuses, sexual harassment, humiliation, violence and death at the hands of the police.
> Visit Stop Mass Incarceration Network for more information.
- Farm Potluck and Concert:
Tina & Her Pony
Saturday July 14th
Potluck at 5:30pm
Music at 7:00pm
Suggested donation of $10.00
No one turned away for lack of funds!We met Tina and Quetzal out in New Mexico and we are thrilled to be hosting them at the farm as they stop through town on their east coast tour with their indy folk band Tina and Her Pony.The concert is a suggested donation of $10 to support the musicians. Come early and bring a dish to share for the potluck!
- Crafting Original Herbal Teas
Wednesday July 11th 5:30-7:30 pm
$15 farm members, $20 non-members
No one turned away for lack of funds!
Pre-registration requested, sign up at the farm!The ritual of drinking tea can be both simple and profound. In this workshop we’ll discuss some simple guidelines for making our own tea blends (including sun teas!), cover some of the most well-loved herbal teas, and formulate some combinations in class based on participants needs. We’ll also make Iced Chaga Chai, the famous immune-enhancing version of traditional chai. Recipes will be given!Jade Alicandro Mace is a Community Herbalist grounded in the Wise Woman Tradition of herbal medicine. She believes herbal medicine truly is the “people’s medicine” and that this knowledge belongs to everyone. She focuses on self and community empowerment, local plants, simple and easy remedies, and the sharing and spreading of herbal knowledge. She offers private herbal consultations, staffs the Blue Dragon Apothecary Low-Cost Herbal Walk-in Clinic in Amherst, and teaches classes and leads herb walks throughout the Pioneer Valley.
- Summer Solstice Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk
Sunday June 24th 10:00am-12:00pm
$5.00 suggested donation
The sun is at its peak in the sky and the herbs and plants around us are bursting into flower, making it a wonderful time to get out and meet some plants in person. Join us for a walk around the farm and its surrounding fields and woodlands as we learn to identify the numerous medicinal and edible plants growing right here in abundance around us. Medicinal properties and medicine-making, edible plants and recipes, harvesting techniques and guidelines, and helpful identification tips will all be discussed!Jade Alicandro Mace is a Community Herbalist grounded in the Wise Woman Tradition of herbal medicine. She believes herbal medicine truly is the “people’s medicine” and that this knowledge belongs to everyone. She focuses on self and community empowerment, local plants, simple and easy remedies, and the sharing and spreading of herbal knowledge. She offers private herbal consultations, staffs the Blue Dragon Apothecary Low-Cost Herbal Walk-in Clinic in Amherst, and teaches classes and leads herb walks throughout the Pioneer Valley.
- Spring Potluck! Saturday, June 16th, 5:30pm to 8:30ish
(or maybe later if we catch a second wind).The first week in the shareroom was filled with enthusiasm and we are looking forward to spending more time with you this weekend. Please bring a dish to share. We will toss up a big salad and also fire up the grill. If you have anything you want to throw on the grill, bring that along. Also, feel free to bring your own bowl and fork so as to cut down on the disposables. And of course, bring friends, neighbors, kiddos, pet turtles…. (well, maybe not pet turtles)We hope to see you!
- Tuesday, November 22nd, 2;00-6:00pm &
Wednesday, November 23rd, 10:00am-2:00pm:
Thanksgiving Store Annual Extravaganza!
The farm will be open to the public on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving with a wide array of fresh, locally-grown items to make your holiday feast abundant.Our own organic veggies…
We will have available: carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, leeks, parsnips, onions, rutabaga, winter squash, cabbage, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, lettuce, mixed salad greens and more!
- Saturday, October 22nd, 4:00-7:00pm:
Next Barn Over Annual Fall Potluck!
- 4:00 – 5:00: drinks and snacks
- 5:00 – 5:30: presentation by Gardening the Community
- 5:30 – 7:30: potluck dinnerFall is strolling in and its time to get together and celebrate the slanting of the sun, planting of the garlic, and slowing down of the season. We would love to spend an evening relaxing, eating fall veggies, and enjoying your company.Also, as many of you know, this season we started a collaboration withGardening the Community, the youth urban gardening project in Springfield. They were able to raise money to buy shares from the farm at full cost, and then offer them in their neighborhood for a subsidized price. A crew from Gardening the Community will be joining us at the potluck to share some information about what they do, show a short film, and hopefully raise some money to be able to continue the subsidized shares project next season. Don’t miss it. It’ll be exciting.
- Sunday, October 23rd, 12:00-3:00pm: Herbal Medicine Making Workshop
Sliding Scale $25-40 + $5 materials fee -no one turned away for lack of funds!
Pre-registration requested for workshop.
Call 413-387-5116 or email Jade at firstname.lastname@example.orgThere is a bounty of medicinal plants and mushrooms growing amongst us here in the Pioneer Valley. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll meet some of these wonderful herbs and fungi, discuss their medicinal properties, prepare medicine from them, and learn how we can easily incorporate these healers into our daily routines. Emphasis will be on creating our unique “home apothecaries” as we pick and choose which herbs we find to be the most compatible with our personal health needs. Each participant will leave with a homemade herbal product made together in class!We will also take a tour through Next Barn Over’s medicinal perennial garden to familiarize sharemembers with the healing herbs that are available for harvesting at the farm throughout the season.Jade Alicandro Mace is a Community Herbalist living amongst the hills of Western Massachusetts. She believes that herbal medicine truly is the “people’s medicine” and that this knowledge belongs to everyone. Her focus is on self and community empowerment through the vehicle of teaching accessible, grassroots, folk herbalism throughout the Pioneer Valley.
- Wednesday, October 12th, 2:30-5:30pm: Return of the Veggie Bag Making! It was a pretty lovely scene under the awning two weeks ago as folks stopped by throughout the afternoon to make themselves a reusable veggie bag. Rema’s sewing machine was going non-stop. It seems as though there were more people who wanted to join in but couldn’t come on that date, so we’ve decided to have an encore event.We would love to have more than one sewing machine going. If anyone has a machine and is either interested in helping out with the workshop, or willing to lend out their machine, please let us know.
- Wednesday, September 14th, 3:00-6:00pm: Veggie Bag Making Make your own reusable cloth bag to collect your farmshare! A hands-on workshop to turn spare cloth into custom made bags, the same size as the plastic bags which we base the mix-and-match share size on. Sharemember Rema Boscov has designed the bag pattern and will be at the farm to help folks through the process. We will have a sewing machine on hand so you can make your bag then and there. Please bring strong fabric (old curtains, bedspreads, etc) if you have any around. We will also have some available for you to choose from if you don’t bring your own. Plan on allowing yourself a half hour to make your bag – drop by anytime between 3-6pm. Kids are encouraged! Snacks! Free!
- Sunday, September 18th, 2:00-5:00pm: Local Feast Cooking Class Learn new creative ideas for putting all those veggies to good use. Local food enthusiast and cooking instructor Molly Merrett will be at Next Barn Over Farm for a fun, hands on workshop of cooking simple, healthy meals with your CSA bounty. You’ll prepare (and eat!) several vegetarian dishes using vegetables from the farm and other local ingredients.Suggested donation of $20 – $50, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds will help support Next Barn Over’s reduced price shares. Email email@example.com for more info and to register, or call 518-435-5026.See Molly’s blog at Local Feast Cooking Classes for more info on her classes in the valley.
- Saturday, July 23rd, 2:00-5:00pm: Local Feast Cooking Class Join local food enthusiast and cooking instructor Molly Merrett for a fun, hands on demo of cooking simple, healthy meals with your CSA bounty. We’ll prepare (and eat!) several vegetarian dishes using the freshest seasonal produce and other local ingredients. Emphasis will be on cooking fundamentals which will give you tools to improvise with the variety of produce you receive over the course of the season. Proceeds from this workshop will help support Next Barn Over’s reduced price shares.$25-$50 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.See Molly’s blog at Local Feast Cooking Classes for more info on her other classes in the valley.
- Monday, July 8th, 2011: Putting Up the Bounty – A food preservation workshop. A great opportunity to meet other members, familiarize yourself with the farm if you are a new member, and get to know your farmers. We’ll have a tour of the farm, delicious food, some music, and a good time all around. (Please bring a potluck dish large enough to feed about 8 people.)
- Saturday, June 4th, 2011: Open Barn Potluck CelebrationA great opportunity to meet other members, familiarize yourself with the farm if you are a new member, and get to know your farmers. We’ll have a tour of the farm, delicious food, some music, and a good time all around. (Please bring a potluck dish large enough to feed about 8 people.)
- Saturday, January 15th, 2010
Full-Belly Benefit Dance party
Please join us at the Hampshire College Red Barn as we dance to the great music of the No-No’s and raise money for a pressing cause: local food security.
- Tuesday, Nov. 23rd & Wednesday, Nov. 24th, 2010:
Last harvest of the season: come to our Thanksgiving store! We’ll have mixed bags of veggies, farm fresh pies, apples, blueberries, maple syrup, & much more!
- Sunday, Oct. 10th, 2010, 12-3:00pm:
The Winter Herbal Medicine Cabinet
Sliding Scale $25-40 + $5 materials fee
no one turned away for lack of funds!
***pre-registration required: 413-387-5116 or firstname.lastname@example.org***In this afternoon workshop we’ll cover some common and not so common herbal remedies to boost our immune systems, support us through the winter months and help keep ourselves and our families and communities healthy.Class will be a mixture of hand-outs, discussion and most importantly, medicine-making. Participants will all leave with an assortment of herbal preparations made in class, a check-list of important remedies to have on hand for the upcoming winter season, and a sense of empowerment that grassroots healthcare is not only incredibly important and highly effective, it’s also easy and fun!Jade Alicandro Mace is a Community Herbalist grounded in the Wise Woman Tradition of Herbalism. She truly believes that herbal medicine is the peoples medicine, and that this knowledge belongs to everyone. Her focus is on self and community empowerment, through the vehicle of teaching plant identification, safe harvesting and wild-crafting techniques, family and community health, and simple, easy medicine-making methods that are accessible to all. She is based in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers herbal consultations, perennial garden support, and seasonal herb walks and workshops.
- Sunday, Oct. 10th, 2010, 5:00pm:
Harvest & Solar Celebration! We hope that you will be able to join us for our harvest and solar celebration pot luck at Next Barn Over. Please bring a dish to share and an instrument if you feel like making music!We will be celebrating the harvest as well as the installation of the new solar collectors on the barn. The event is part of 10-10-10, an international work day to end global warming. We will be part of over 5,000 similar efforts that will take place simultaneously across the globe.Please join us to celebrate an abundant season, the energy of the sun, and the power of community supported food!
- Wednesday, Sept. 29th, 2010, 5:30-6:30pm:
Fall Herb Walk Autumn is upon us! The days are getting longer, nights are getting colder and there is a familiar and energizing crispness to the air… and that means it’s time to dig fall roots! Join us for an herb identification walk with Jade Alicandro around Next Barn Over CSA, and we’ll locate numerous common edible and powerfully medicinal plants. We’ll focus on what’s in season (most notably, the roots!) and discuss medicinal properties, easy preparations and dosages, edibility and identification strategies, and harvesting techniques.Jade Alicandro Mace is a Community Herbalist grounded in the Wise Woman Tradition of Herbalism. She truly believes that herbal medicine is the peoples medicine, and that this knowledge belongs to everyone. Her focus is on self and community empowerment, through the vehicle of teaching plant identification, safe harvesting and wild-crafting techniques, family and community health, and simple, easy medicine-making methods that are accessible to all. She is based in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers herbal consultations, perennial garden support, and seasonal herb walks and workshops.
- Wednesday, Sept. 8th, 2010, 5:30-7pm:
Food Preservation Workshop We hope that you will be able to join us this coming Wednesday from 5:30 to 7pm at the farm for a food preservation workshop with Margaret Christie.We absent-mindedly scheduled the workshop on the Jewish holiday of Erev Rosh Hashanah, and we are very sorry to those of you who wanted to make it but won’t be able to for this reason. We are hoping and planning to do more of these events at the farm in the future and hopefully a food preservation workshop will be an annual event.If you can make it, and are interested in putting up some of the current abundance for the sparse winter, this workshop will be useful to both those just getting started as well as those with experience and ready to learn new ideas. Margaret is the Special Projects Directorat CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) and also preserves most of the fruits and vegetables her family eats year-round.There will be plenty of time for questions and resources for learning more. Kids are welcome. This workshop is free!
- Thursday, July 1st, 2010, 6-8pm: Deblois Milledge We are very excited to be hosting singer-songwritter DeBlois Milledge for a fun-filled evening of live music. DeBlois writes folk/pop/country tunes to shake your hip and hum along to. She and Danny Campbell on drums are coming all the way from over on the other coast, swinging through town on a Northeast tour. The show is sliding scale $5-$10 to give the musicians a little traveling money. Kids are free (and kids are known to love their shows). We will be outside in our makeshift farm amphitheater (straw bales instead of stadium seats) and for even further enjoyment we recommend bringing along a picnic dinner or beverages (like Tanglewood only you’ll have better seats).
- Saturday, May 29th, 2010, 4-6pm: Open Barn Potluck CelebrationTo celebrate the start of the season we are having a potluck gathering! Come join us to see the new barn and shareroom, meet your farmers and fellow sharemembers, enjoy live music and break bread together. If you can, please bring food or drink to share. We will be around to answer any questions, give you a tour, or just chat.