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Sightings: Farmfest 2018!

One of our favorite volunteers, Jackie Lynn, caught some pictures of GWLT’s Farmfest celebration & Donker Farm on June 16. If you missed the fun this time around, don’t forget that Farmfest Rocks! is coming up on June 30th! We also have brand new sets of notecards with paintings by Elisabeth Donker.

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Farmfest Full Schedule: This SATURDAY from 9 AM – 4 PM


Join us this Saturday at Donker Farm to celebrate its 30th Anniversary with food, music, tours, and more!





Bring your pencils, pens, paints & easels. Bring sculpting tools or a notebook! Enjoy a beautiful day of creating outdoors on the grounds of the farm.

Snacks & beverages will be available all day, and lunch items will be served from Noon – 1:00 PM. Sides, desserts, and other potluck dishes welcome!

9:00 AM:                    Opening Farm Chores & Farmyard Tour
9:30 AM:                    Yoga on the Lawn
10:00 AM:                  Farm Tour with Colin Michael James Novick
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM:  Refreshments & Snacks
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM:  Spinning, knitting & dyeing demonstrations
11:00 AM:                   Plant ID Walk with Dr. Robert Bertin
11:00 AM:                   Children’s Story Time with Sheep
12:00 PM:                   Lunch food
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM:   Music with the T-Square Rounders
1:00 PM:                     Farm Tour with Colin Michael James Novick
2:00 PM:                     Plant ID Walk with Colin Michael James Novick

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In the News: Blue Heron at University Park!

Great White Heron on the East Side Trail

From the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, video of a Great Blue Heron at University Park shows how valuable (and beautiful) urban open space can be:

Volunteer News: Sibley Farm Property Sign!

It has happened again:
 A beautiful, handcrafted property sign has been completed and placed in its forever home!

From the moment the sign is envisioned, there is a volunteer jumping in to trace the template onto oak boards, then the boards are placed into the hands of a couple of volunteers gifted with the fine art of routing.  It then moves onto painting and then sanding. Sort of a production line, but with human interaction, conversation and friendship all happening at the same time!

While the oak boards are being worked on, another team that favors an adze or mallet and chisel, chips away at turning two round logs into square posts.  They then move onto completing the frame by finishing the beams with tenons that will fit into the mortises cut into the posts.

All while, once again, chatting about life, land conservation, or whatever else happens to surface.  

Occasionally, this work is done in less than ideal weather conditions…yet volunteers show to continue the project!

As luck would have it, the day we selected to install the Sibley Farm sign happened to be a day with predictions of 100% rain, from the time the install began until the time it was supposed to end.  Of course, an inch of rain tends not to deter a GWLT event or a GWLT volunteer. So, volunteers showed for the install! And it was wet, and muddy, and more wet. And fun. By the time the Sibley Farm Anniversary celebration cake was served, the rain had stopped, and we shared in the joy of the conserved status of Sibley Farm, the joy of GWLT volunteers, and the joy in knowing that as of that moment, even more people will be aware of Sibley Farm!  










Of course, none of this could happen without volunteers—so, once again, THANK YOU, for all you do!

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