Two of Medield’s best, Park Street Books and the Medfield Food Cupboard team up this Saturday 10-4 –
Come see the Little Blue Truck and Donate Food
Stop by Medfield’s beloved Park Street Books on Saturday, May 23 between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their camera and take a photo with the adorable blue truck as described in the popular children’s book The Little Blue Truck — a story by Alice Schertle about friends helping friends. While stopping by for a fun photo, please consider bringing a bag of food to donate to the Medfield Food Cupboard. Requested kid-friendly food items include: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, crackers, packets of oatmeal and cookies. Donors are encouraged to post their cute photos on Medfield Food Cupboard’s Facebook page. The rain date is set for Sunday, May 24.
The New Life Virtual 5K is still open for runners, walkers and more through May 10. The event benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need.
Runners and walkers register the same way they would for a conventional run, at www.newlifefb.org/virtual5k, where they can also create or join a team. Participants create their own 5k route, or use fitness apps. Teams or individuals may even choose to row 5k on erg machines, or to bike. Entrants complete their personal 5k anytime up to May 10, and runners and walkers log their times on Racewire. On May 11, results will be posted and awards will be given in traditional categories, as well as in new, creative categories like most creative course. Participants are encouraged to post photos with the hashtag #NewLifeStillRunning or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Over 250 people have already registered for the event, including runners from as far away as Melbourne, Australia.
The Virtual 5k offers an important opportunity for supporters who seek a way to do something positive and proactive while still being safe. “Folks joining the Virtual 5k not only support the New Life mission, they also are a welcome part of a community doing something that matters,” said Ron Yates, co-founder of New Life Furniture Bank. “That’s especially important right now. And, running in the virtual 5k is a healthy thing to do. Everyone wins.”
The Virtual 5k raises funds that are critical to New Life’s ability to serve its clients. “The economic impact of COVID-19 is hitting our clients hard,” said Rich Purnell, Executive Director of New Life. He added that, “in the coming months, we anticipate a surge in requests as many families will be displaced from their homes.”
New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are then made available at no cost to individuals and families in need. The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Donation Center in Walpole, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for local residents who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property.
Medfield Community Garden’s 2020 Registration Now Open
Is growing fresh vegetables something you would like to do? Have you tried to grow them in your back yard, but found you had too much shade? Do you live in a condo or apartment that has no space for gardens? If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the town of Medfield has a possible solution for you: the Medfield Community Garden.
Registration for spaces at the garden located on Plain Street off Route 27 is now open for the 2020 season, and ends when the last space is filled. Plots are available on a first-request basis and usually go quickly. A 300-square-foot plot provides ample room for a variety of different vegetables for most families. Approximately 12 plots are available for this season.
Both novice or experienced gardeners will find the Community Garden offers a great opportunity to learn and grow. The Garden is located on Conservation Commission land at the former Holmquist Farm on the south side of town. The site provides all-day sun, a scarce commodity for many Medfield residents.
Never had a vegetable garden, or feel you’d like a refresher course, or more information on growing in this area? Master Gardener and lecturer Betty Sanders will offer a freshly updated program on planning, planting and growing a garden in this area. The presentation will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the Medfield Library.
Gardeners provide their own seeds or seedlings, agree to fence their plot, and keep it weed-free throughout the season. The town provides a ready-to-plant site, wood chips for paths, and on-site-water. Because the Community garden is on town-owned Conservation land, gardeners are not allowed to use any herbicides or inorganic insecticides.
The Community Garden has now been on Plain Street for more than fifteen years. As a result of good gardening practices, the site is rich in organic nutrients, eliminating the need for almost all fertilizers and additives.
Residents can apply for a plot by contacting garden co-manager Neal Sanders at 508-359-9453 or email@example.com. Plots measuring 15 feet by 20 feet are $18, plus a one-time fee for joining the garden of $20.
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