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Needham Community Farm Online Auction Begins March 7

The Needham Community Farm will hold its third annual online auction from March 7 through March 20 to raise funds for the organization, according to an announcement from farm leaders.

Items up for bid this year include gift cards to popular local eateries and shops, such as Whole Foods and Walnut Grille.

Proceeds from the auction allow the farm give back to the community, such as growing produce for the Needham Community Council Food Pantry, teaching Needham students about farming and agriculture, and offering programs for free to low-income residents.

For more information, visit the farm’s official website or browse items up for bid.

The Living Lawn, “Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care”©

Thursday April 15th at 7 p.m., Wellesley Free Library

Come learn about how to have a great lawn and stay healthy too…

Chip Osborne will discuss some compelling reasons why we should consider a natural approach to lawn care.  Public health, children’s health, storm-water runoff, and water quality issues are all reasons why we should begin to reduce our dependence on synthetic and chemical products to grow our lawns and gardens.

Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room
Free and Open to the Public
Presented by The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project (WCCP) & Wellesley Free Library

Charles E. (“Chip”) Osborne is a professional horticulturist with 35 years experience in the green industry. He has attended the University of Massachusetts Green School and is a NOFA Accredited Land Care Professional. He has been an elected member of the Town of Marblehead Recreation, Parks, and Forestry Commission for the past 12 years and currently serves as chair.

In 2008 he founded Osborne Organics, a company that provides natural turf consulting services to business, municipal, and institutional clients.  A major focus of the business is providing education in the area of natural turf management.  Chip developed A Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management™ as a method of maintaining turf without the use of toxic chemicals.

Chip’s approach will be to share the mission of pesticide reduction and elimination through an “Awareness Through Education” program.  Armed with sound information about these products, we can then make informed decisions about how we choose to take care of our properties.

Chip will then present “Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care”©, a detailed approach to a natural lawn care program. Basic steps will be outlined and explained in a common sense approach.

The presentation will also address what we can do at the municipal level to reduce our negative impact on human health and the environment by the continued use of synthetic products to maintain our public spaces.



Natural Medicine: The Wellness Medicine Approach, Wellesley Free Library October 10th, 7 pm

Dr Jim Anderson

Dr Jim Anderson

You have carefully chosen cleaning products and personal care products that minimize your family’s exposure to chemicals.  You focus on a plant-based diet that increases the amount of natural fruits, grains, and vegetables your family consumes.  Have you considered wellness medicine that complements standard western medical care with the use of acupuncture?  The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project (WCPP) and The Wellesley Free Library invite you to attend a workshop by Jim Anderson, founder of East West Balance Acupuncture.

Jim Anderson, has a Masters Degrees in both Chinese and Japanese style
Acupuncture.  Licensed by Massachusetts Board of Medicine, National Board certified by NCCOAM, and Certified through Memorial Sloan Cancer Center, Jim has provided preventative and supportive care for patients for over more than 20 years and is a
specialist in oncology treatments.

East West Balance Acupuncture, located in Natick, offers natural healing for pain
management, gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel and
other ailments.

Exciting Things @ Needham Community Farm!!

There are three exciting things happening right now…..
1WIN A PIZZA PARTY: Every month of the Needham Farmers Market (June-Oct) you can win a pizza party from Stone Hearth Pizza. You can access a link to the Free Pizza Party Sweepstakes at The link will direct you to first “like” the link on FB and then you will be prompted to type your email address to enter the sweepstakes.
2. MATCHING GIFTS: Dedham Savings has offered to match all donations made to the Farm in June and July. The information about the Dedham Savings matching program is on our blog located at It is easy to share via email and social media directly from the blog post using the “share” button at the bottom of the post.
3. 4TH OF JULY PARADE: The Farm is participating in the 4th of July parade again this year with a “50 gardens in 50 states” theme. Last year was a lot of fun. We are looking for people who would like to walk in the parade and carry a cutout of a state with that state’s crop. Click here to learn more and to sign up. If you have questions, contact Lori Hall at
Did you know that our produce is donated to the Needham Community Council Food Pantry. Your support is what enables us to do this. 

Massachusetts General Professor of Surgery (biomedical engineering) Dr. Mehmet Toner accepts Annual WCPP Recognition Award

WCPP’s Annual Recognition Award winner Massachusetts General Professor of Surgery (biomedical engineering) Dr. Mehmet Toner holds up the business-card-size smart chip detector that his StandUpToCancer-backed team designed and built to trap circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in a blood sample.

The device uses antibodies that bind to certain cell proteins to isolate and capture the CTCs. Many tumors release cells into the bloodstream; if a CTC finds purchase in another organ and starts to grow, that is metastasis. The breakaway cells are not easy to spot — there are a billion blood cells for every one of them — but detecting their presence is critical to stopping their spread.

Read more about it here @

Dr. Julia Brody of The Silent Spring Institute accepts WCPP Recognition Award

Dr. Julia Brody of The Silent Spring Institute accepts Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project Recognition Award for work focused on the connection between environmental pollutants and breast cancer.

Dr. Brody led a two-year review of scientific evidence on animal mammary gland carcinogens and epidemiologic studies of breast cancer and environmental pollutants, diet, body size, and physical activity, which was published in a special supplement to the American Cancer Society peer-reviewed journal, Cancer.

Brody’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the New York Community Trust, and the Avon Foundation, among others. Her research collaborators include investigators at Harvard and Brown universities, the University of California, Berkeley, and elsewhere. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized her research with an Environmental Merit Award in 2000, and she has been honored by the Heroes Tribute of the Breast Cancer Fund. She presented one of the Distinguished Lectures at the National Cancer Institute in 2002 and the Keystone Science Lecture at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in 2009. She serves on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and she is as an advisor to the California Breast Cancer Research Program and breast cancer activist organizations.

Dr. Brody is an adjunct assistant professor at the Brown University School of Medicine. She earned her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and her AB at Harvard University.

Read more about this important research here @

Join Us For Spring Bird Walks!!

Join our experienced leaders on a spring bird walk!

The Wellesley Conservation Council invites novices and experts on Sunday mornings in May and June to look for migrating birds at the most promising sites of the day.  Bring your binoculars, guide books and waterproof footwear!  Meet in the parking lot at the corner of Cameron and Washington Street, next to the main library at 8 a.m. except for our Mother’s Day trip (May 12th)  to Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, when we will meet at 7 am.

Following are the dates of the Spring Bird Walks: 

  • May    5   8 a.m.              Judy Nackoney     
  • May  12   7 a.m.              Viagra online sales Alice Cestari (Mother’s Day )                                     
  • May  19   8 a.m.               Dan Kemp
  • May  26   8 a.m.              Ian & Natalie Star
  • June  2    8 a.m.              Jim& Karen Pugh
  • June  9   8 a.m                Alice Cestari
  • June 16   8 a.m.              to be announced

Join us this spring!

Open Garden Tours, Build A Troll and Fairy House…all brought to you by the Wellesley Conservation Council

Sunday, May 12 we will have open garden tours, 2 - 4 with a dedication ceremony of a Memorial Bench to honor Mr. and Mrs. Cronk who donated this wildflower garden to the Conservation Council in 1977.

Wellesley Conservation Council

Wellesley Conservation Council

Saturday, May 18, Elementary School Children and their families will join us to build a special Troll and Fairy House at Pickle Point Sanctuary, along Morses Pond  during Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend. The Council will take you on an annual walk along Morses Pond to Pickle Point Sanctuary.  On arrival at Pickle Point Sanctuary the children will choose a tree and next to it build their own Troll and Fairy House with natural materials gathered along their walk.

The children had a great time last year and their creative houses endured for a long time!  The wish of the Council is to expose the children to nature’s wonders and have fun at the same time. Meet at 1:00 pm at Cochituate Aqueduct (RussellRd. /Kendall Rd.) The event is free!  Refreshments will be served.

 Sunday, May 19th  WCC will be marching in Wellesley’s Wonderful Week-end Parade.  Look for us!

For information please contact: or call: (781) 237-6125

Power to $ave!

Power to $ave! - Wellesley’s Sustainable Energy Committee, Municipal Light Plant and National Grid are offering Free Energy Assessments to Wellesley Homeowners.

Call 781.235.7600, or visit the Town of Wellesley Website. An Energy Specialist will evaluate your entire home at no cost or obligation to you. Learn how to save energy, reduce costs and improve your home’s comfort level. Don’t miss out, act soon!