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?

Read On »

"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

Thinking of coming to visit? This could have been your morning view today.

We have space for you! We’re open to boondockers, tiny house dwellers, packers, and yurt dwellers. Stay for a night or stay for a season and work alongside us on the farm.

See our profiles on @hipcamp and @harvesthosts and @wwoofusa

#camping #glamping #tinyhousenation #yurtlife #backpacking #wwoofusa #wwoofing #farmstays #boondocking #rvlife #farmlife #travellerlife

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This is 50.

It’s a couple of weeks late, but that’s life here. Busy, busy, busy.

#loveyourselfie #50 #middleagedwoman #somuchmorethananumber

Barn Babies and a Contest!

Mama hen’s chickens have begun to hatch!

We’re going to give away a voucher for one week’s veggie bag - to be redeemed any time during the 2021 - to the person who guesses the correct number of baby chicks the Mama Hen hatches out.

*{scroll down our photos to see her sitting all these eggs}*

Post your guess in the comment below!


#giveaway #giveawaycontest #giveaways #csafarm #familyfarm #centralmassgrown #worcesterfoodie #worcesterfoodies #freefood

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Today we’re propagating plants from cuttings. We’re pretty confident that the hydrangeas will do just fine.

The mulberries? They’re notoriously persnickety, but we’re hopeful.

We’ll take some grey willow cuttings later. Those can be used for trellis structures, and hurdle fencing, and basketry. Can’t have too many.

Surplus cuttings will be available in the late summer and fall.

#usewhatyouhave #permaculture #propagation #farmlife #nursery #plants #somanyplants

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Can’t wait to see you!

#localfarm #farmday #openfarmday #openhouse #csafarm #permaculture #farmlife #saturday #funstuffforfamilies #FREE

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Farm kid. Helping Mama with planting flower seeds. We’re going to have loads of flowers for cut bouquets - God willing.

#farmlife #farmboy #farmkids #buylocal #centralmassgrown #cutflowers #freshflowers

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