Local farms, past and present: Madison's Barberry Hill Farm subject of lecture
MADISON – You’ve probably whizzed past their colorful Route 1 farm stand dozens of times in the spring, summer and fall.
Now, you can learn about Barberry Hill Farm, a farm that has changed little since the early 20th century when it was built in 1909, at a talk at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Memorial Town Hall, 8 Meetinghouse Lane.
Presented by the Madison Historical Society, the featured speaker is Kingsley Goddard of Barberry Hill Farm; his talk is titled Keeping Your Eyes to the Sky: An All-Organic Bounty on the Boston Post Road. Lecture, $5 per adult, free for members. Goddard will also talk about the farm’s CSA where members can sign up for a share in the farm’s harvest.
The second in the series of Frederick Lee lectures, the subject of this year’s series is Local Roots: An Exploration of the Past, Present and Future of Shoreline Agriculture.
“This is a unique opportunity to learn how the farm has evolved into the suburban anomaly in present day Shoreline Madison. Barberry Hill Farm is a throwback to the time when Madison was predominantly farms, fishing and shipbuilding,” said Goddard. Indeed, the farm is a vestige of the past as many of the same tools handed down by past generations are used today to work the land, according to the farm’s blog, www.barberryhillfarm.com. Another holdover is the honor system that is used when no one is attending the stand — folks can weigh their produce and make change themselves.
At the talk, attendees will gain insight into the future plans of Barberry Hill as a working farm and the efforts to preserve the farm for future generations, he said.
Editor's note: Check out their featured blog here. For more information about the CSA contact firstname.lastname@example.org; for more information about the farm visit Barberryhillfarm.com or find them on Facebook/BarberryHillFarm. For more info on the Frederick Lee Lecture Series visit www.madisoncthistorical.org.
News article reprinted with permission from The Shoreline Times
photo by Erin Boyle