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

Pixie hair. Living up to the name.

Still thin on sides and crown, but better. Growing slowly but steadily. Kind of enjoying the process.

#alopeciaareata #autoimmunedisease #shorthairdontcare

Our littlest farmer. Geo is often the first one out the door when our shareholders arrive.

He helps his Papa pack the shares, and takes special pleasure in seeing the bags into the hands of our CSA members.

#familyfarm #familyfarming #eatlocal #knowyourfarmer #centralmassgrown #csa #csabox #csafarm

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Princesse Louise poppy is bringing a point of joy.

We’re struggling here, friends. We have a son in hospital for mental health complications. His sister is escalating out of control. All of our time and effort is concentrated on their care and trying to keep things as normal as possible for our other kids.

We are about to embark on a legal battle with the school district. We are scrambling to put guardianship in place for one son. We’re working with medical and mental health teams to maintain the ability to advocate for him. We are dealing with multiple agencies who say they’ll offer help, but instead make more demands on us.

Our farm is failing as a result. We are completely overwhelmed. We have too little labor to keep up. We are facing a massive financial crisis.

We do not have the support of our church or diocese. We have exhausted our savings.

We do have the prayers of friends near and far. We have a small number of friends and neighbors offering their love. One has come to open up the trail and prepare the site for our farm shop. That shop is our last hope.

This is loving people with unspeakable trauma. This is loving people with severe mental illness. This is dealing with a system that is not adequately equipped to serve families.

#adoption #trauma #mentalillness #family #ilovesomeonewithmentalillness #hangingon #mentalhealthawareness #naturetherapy #hope

Homeschooling all year round.

Handwriting practice getting ready to commence. Big brother offering some guidance to little brother.

Think handwriting is a nice extra? Busy work? For many families that’s true. When someone in your family is hard of hearing though, alternate forms of communication become more important. Good, legible handwriting is a great help.

#deafcommunity #deafawareness #hardofhearing

There is always hope. If there is nothing else, there’s hope. ...

This is homeschooling. 8 and 16. Reading together about The Great Depression from the HiSET prep book.


Work in progress. Going to leave it for a bit and come back to it.

I have this thing where I make a work and hate it when I’m finished. But I learned that if I walk away, I see it better. I might find a way to tweak it. Or I might decide it’s done.

I wonder if other artists do that...

#artistsoninstagram #arttherapy #watercolour #gouache #rose #botanical #frommygarden #green #white

Don’t have a share yet? There are still a few days left to get yours. You have until Wednesday June 9th. Just click the photo to go to the shop. We have a weekly payment plan to make it easier - or pay all at once. You choose.

#csafarm #centralmassgrown #familyfarm #supportlocalfarmers

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Food Security for our Communities Begins with Supporting Local Farms

#eatlocal #shoplocal #buylocal #supportlocalfarms #centralmassgrown #newenglandfarm #permaculture #rawmilk #crowdfunding

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