The FarmSchool at Renaissance Farms

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
 the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

Bill Mollison, Co-originator of Permaculture

“It is impossible to have a healthy and sound society without a proper respect for the soil.”

Peter Maurin, Catholic Worker

The Beacon

Our occasional newsletter, The Beacon, is packed with good things including farm news, upcoming live and virtual events, articles on social justice, farming, nutrition and healing, volunteer and employment opportunities, and special offers to use on our shop.

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

Masanobu Fukuoka, One Straw Revolution

From the Journal

Farm Walk

Eleagnus umbellata – Autumn Olive

There is no scent in spring that @renaissancemama loves more than the one from these tall shrubs. Gorgeously redolent of spring. They are considered an invasive non-native species. They’re super tough to get rid of and attempts to uproot them often result only in spreading them. But if you can’t beat ‘em, enjoy them, right?

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"This learning from the earth and from the people who work the earth or travel it, is of endless discovery and interest, and is like making a collection of beautiful things of many kinds."

Juliette de Baîracli Levy, Herbalist

We’ll cover it all including kitchen tools, how to measure ingredients, basic cooking terms, techniques, food storage, and how to stock a pantry. The course finishes with a selection of essential recipes that you will use over and over again.

“I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.”

William S. Coperthwaite, Architect, Author, Visionary

This is Sushi. Sushi was caught breaking and entering the greens room this morning and having a light snack of our freshly germinated heirloom vegetable plants. When she was caught, she gave our farmers quite the chase, fussing and clucking the whole time. She was finally apprehended and moved to a safe location for both her and our seedlings. We are hopeful that this will be a one-time offense and that her pals won’t catch on to the location of our plants.

#Farmlife can be like that sometimes, but our veggies can be just too hard to resist. Be sure to get your 2021 veggie share to see what all the fuss is about! We have several payment options available to make it easier for you, and if we hit 100 shares sold by April 15, we will give everyone a reusable canvas Renaissance Farms tote with your share!

#farming #chickenfarmers #naughtychickens #heirloom #heirloomveggies #seedlings #newplants #springtime #itsthefarmerslifeforme

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Attending the GEN Ecovillage Summit today. I’ve been looking forward to this for some time.

For my whole life I have craved the kind of community that feels like family. Perhaps because my own family of origin was so unstable. I created a large family of my own with children by both birth and adoption, now by marriage (of my children). I want to expand that still further by gathering people around the farm. My oldest razzes me about starting a cult.

In Catholic circles, the word cult isn’t necessarily something freaky-weird. Catholic Worker co-founder Peter Maurin talked about community being rooted in cult - that is, a spiritual practice or belief, that the culture of the community should grow out of and exist in support of that cult. And finally, that cultivation of the mind, the spirit and the material world (including especially the land) should be the tangible, practical sign of the culture of the community.

So I guess I’m forming a culture. The cult already exists.

I’ll be sharing more about what I’m learning, what I’m thinking, what I’m planning on our farm website or on my own blog.

Seems like a good way to start a new year.

Also, tea is good. It makes everything better.

What’s making the world better for you today ?

#cult #culture #cultivation #catholicworker #farm #farmlife #newbeginnings #fullcircle #service #prayer #love #lovedoes

Hawthorn tincture. I made this for my own hair loss. Next up is a shampoo that will also help to restimulate the follicles that were put to sleep by medication and stress.

Watch our farm account @renaissance.farms for when this is available on the shop. I only make small batches, so supply is limited.

Just having discontinued the culprit medications has resulted in regrowth of hair. It’s still quite thin around about, but the worst spots are filling in after just a month.

#herbalmedicine #communityherbalist #herbs #folkmedicine #ethnobotanicalmedicine #ancestralmedicine #healing #naturalhealing #naturalremedies #hairloss #alopecia

New Season, New Look!

Our 2021 season is getting underway, and what better way to start a new
year than a makeover? In the coming weeks you’ll be seeing a fresher
Renaissance Farms, but with all of the amazing things that we have
always offered!

Not sure what we currently offer? Click through to our website to see
what we having going on for 2021, including new volunteer opportunities
and easier ways to get your CSA boxes!

We will be adding more new and exciting things soon, and we encourage
you to check in frequently so you don’t miss a thing. We’ll even be
asking for your advice on one or two of them.

We can’t wait to show you all what we have in store for the coming
season! Join in the action and don’t miss a beat by signing up for our
newsletter. We can’t wait to see you here on the farm!

#csa #csafarm #centralmasscsa #catholicworkerfarm #farmlife #newyearnewlook #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #supportfarmers #newlook

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Lokum (Turkish Delight) is an absolute must for Easter at our house.

Do you have a favourite Easter treat?

#easter #farmtable #farmlife #family #love

Wishing you and your families a Blessed Easter holiday and a bountiful spring, from all of us here at Renaissance Farms!

#easter #eastersunday #catholicworkerfarm #springtime #blessings #blessed #farmlife

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Easter bunny 🐰 knows me so well.

Happy Easter y’all. Christ is risen!

#easter #farmlife

We are *dyeing* to share our #makersmonday with you this week as it is a project near and dear to the hearts of our resident fiber-loving ladies and gents. Pictured here is the very first experiment conducted with goldenrod flowers a few late summers ago and we’ve been hooked every since. With careful research and gathering of our ingredients we are ready to create our own line of botanically dyed yarns! We have been waiting on the availability of a few of our ingredients, but we now have all we need and the formulation of our colours begins this week! We will be working to offer sock and dk weight yarns as we finalize our recipes, so be sure to keep an eye out for their release on our store at Things are added weekly so be sure to go and take a look. We can’t wait for you to see what’s in store!

#farmlife #farmliving #fiberartists #yarndyeing #botanicaldyes #botanicalyarn #yarnlove #centralma #colorsofnature #naturalyarn #wool #plantdyes #farming

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We are still looking for volunteers! There are a variety of positions open for the 2021 season. From nursery to builders, clean-up crew to tree care, there is sure to be something for every person. Sign up today at and look for your interview invitation email!

Why Renaissance Farms?

Our farm relies on the work of our volunteers to be able to offer food security to our local community, something that is needed more than ever in 2021. Not only does it benefit your own neighbors and help out our family farm, but it also comes with some pretty sweet perks for you, including the free Farm Workout™, access to miles of our own hiking/snowmobile trails, free merch, classes, and more!* Head to and read more about how your work helps others, and sign up for some of our amazing opportunities. We cannot wait to meet you!

*Perks are on a merit-based system that is outlined both on the webpage and your volunteer form.

#volunteer #farmvolunteers #volunteersneeded #volunteersmakeadifference #massachusettsfarms #centralmass #centralmassgrown #wwoof #wwoofusa #wwoofing #catholicworker #catholicworkerfarm

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