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As a chapter leader for the new Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), I worked hours to put together a list of good quality local foods within a 15-mile radius from my home town of Westford, MA. You made it to my list. 
Lexington Farm First Massachusetts Entry in Soil Carbon Challenge

Meadow Mist Farm in Lexington is the first Massachusetts entry in the Soil Carbon Challenge, an international competition to measure how quickly land managers can turn atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter, essentially reversing climate change.

Peter Donovan, of the Soil Carbon Coalition, a non-profit agency overseeing the Challenge, was in the Boston area for two days on November 11 and 12 to give presentations and to take soil samples at the Meadow Mist Farm. According to Donovan, the samples, taken at three different depths, will be sent to labs where the carbon is measured in order to establish a baseline profile. These profiles are then posted on the web, creating a high standard of transparency. The Challenge is a ten-year competition with followup profiles taken periodically.

John Moriary of the Meadow Mist Farm says, “When this test is repeated in another five years or ten years, it will be a good indicator of the health of the soil, and will help us learn what kinds of practices could have contributed to soils getting better or worse overtime”.

Lauren Yaffee, also of Meadow Mist Farm said, “We’re taking a baseline of soil samples to find out what the carbon content is in the soil. In three, six, and nine years, we'll take more samples to see if carbon is being retained in the soils and if the level of the soils is being built up on the farm, which would be good for the farm and the environment.”

Mr. Donovan is traveling across the country recruiting land managers to participate in the Challenge, demonstrating how to take the samples. According to Donovan, our greatest hope in breaking the cycle of global warming and groundwater evaporation, is to get more carbon into the soil. He stated, “The only way to ameliorate this vicious cycle, is to get more carbon into the soil, because water will follow."

Here is the data, I assume, for Meadow Mist on Peter Donovan's site.


Soil carbon change

Here is the data, I assume, for Meadow Mist on Peter Donovan's site.

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A Brief History of the Farm

In 1987, John Moriarty, then a resident of Arlington, was looking to move to a house with a larger yard for his expanding garden.  One day his real estate agent called to say she'd turned up something that might interest him.  Following her directions, he found himself driving almost half a mile down an unexpected dirt road in East Lexington.  What he found at the end of the road were the ruins of the former Meek Dairy Farm.

Never intending to buy a farm, he nevertheless went ahead with the offer.  A month later, as he returned to survey the dilapidated buildings and abandoned hay fields he had just purchased, he wondered about bringing the farm back to life.

That summer he purchased an old Ford tractor and planted an acre and a half of sweet corn.  Over the years, the collapsing barn and out buildings were replaced by new ones.  Berry bushes were planted, gardens were staked out, and the animals returned.  

In 1987 there was little interest in preserving local agriculture.  Twenty-five years later, there is greater appreciation for our remaining local farms and what they add to an increasingly homogenized landscape.

Though small in size, Meadow Mist today is a working farm, an integral part of the local community, and an unspoiled remnant of the town's once vital agricultural past.  
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