Join us for the seventh installment of our new lecture series. Farming has a long history here in Wenham. Learn about Wenham’s farming community over the past three hundred years including Larch Farm’s storied past and current work with The Food Project.
Miriam Stason, Reynolds (Larch) Farm Manager, The Food Project
Linda Jenkins, Executive Director, Pickering Foundation Rebecca Blanchette, Essex Agricultural Society
Col. Timothy Pickering of Salem, Massachusetts once owned Larch Farm. He served as Quartermaster General during the Revolutionary War, and in the early days of our republic, served as Secretary of State and held numerous other high-ranking positions. Upon his retirement from public life, Col. Pickering acquired Larch Farm to become a “practical and scientific farmer” and to develop agricultural best practices that could be shared with others. In pursuit of these goals, he co-founded the Essex Agricultural Society (today the Topsfield Fair) on February 14, 1818 and the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture.
Today, the land once held by Col. Pickering supports the mission of The Food Project. The Food Project works “to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system.” Learn more about The Food Project’s work in our community and how you can get involved.
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