By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff
Adams Farm in Walpole is known for its gorgeous scenery. A classic barn, miles of hiking trails, and a beautiful community garden make the Walpole spot the perfect place for an evening out. Taking advantage of the picture-perfect setting, the Friends of Adams Farm (FOAF) hosted a potluck dinner on Sunday night, August 14, by the community garden. Amongst attendees for the evening were Nancy Borg and Liz McAfee, co-managers of the garden, and organizers of the potluck suppers, Dan Daitch, Mike Thomas, and Denise Capozzoli.
McAfee shared, “We have a community garden. Three times in the summer we have potluck suppers. It was a chance for gardeners to get together and socialize. It’s a chance to gather and compare notes.” At the barn, tables were set up cafeteria-style under the pavilion. Many gardeners shared dishes featuring something from their plots, including tomatoes, which grew very well this summer.
The community garden is divided into 64 plots, and each is about 20x20; there’s a small yearly fee to rent a plot. Neighbors members take pride in their work and look forward to seeing what new gifts will arrive. Tending the soil in the mornings becomes habitual, as does chatting with new friends by each plot.
There’s a good community spirit at Adams Farm. People pitch in, help out, and share information with each other -- and the potlucks are popular for upholding the values so important to the farm. While all gardeners, through their summer work, forge a deep connection with nature, these potlucks give them the added bonus of forging more human bonds, too -- and of sharing their own farm-to-table fare with their peers.
Adams Farm updates and events for the end of summer and beyond season can be found at www.adams-farm.com