Greetings from the daffodil-lined streets of Newton, where I’m ready to run the 2014 Boston Marathon to raise money for Newton Community Farm!
I’m also an author, longtime Auburndale resident, and 2008 Boston Marathon finisher. As a back yard gardener and cookbook writer, I practice on a tiny scale the mission of the Newton Community Farm to teach and model sustainable agriculture. My most recent book, A White House Garden Cookbook, chronicles the first growing season of Michelle Obama's garden and includes many recipes from community farms that work with children and families.
As a runner, I want to personally contribute to making the 2014 Boston Marathon a positive experience after the horrific finish line bombing. Running to make a difference to people in my community, not simply to reach an athletic goal, feels like the best way to accomplish this. What could be more sustaining than healthy, locally-grown food?
You can help me stay motivated and energized throughout the 26.2 miles of the marathon by making a pledge to help me reach my goal of raising $3,000 to support the farm’s updated facility for educational programs. To donate, click on the green Donate button on the right side of this page.
I have finished my training and I'm restlessly waiting as April 21, the date of the marathon, approaches. I built up mileage and stamina in a long run (at tortoise pace) once a week – and found healthy ways to stay fueled with carbs, a runner's best friend. Mileage always equals appetite, a positive equation for Mrs. Fruits and Vegetables, the moniker my children gave me long ago!
Thank you for supporting the farm as you support my Boston Marathon run.
With appreciation and grateful thanks,
To donate by mail, please print out this donation form and send checks payable to Newton Community Farm. Please note on your check that the gift is in support of Clara Silverstein’s Run for NCF so it can be properly tracked. Thank you!
We rely on community contributions to run our programs. Your donation helps us to provide staff for our farm volunteer days, conduct our educational programs and community outreach, and grow food for donation to local food pantries.
We are a community that celebrates and continues a 200-year farming tradition in Newton. By planting and harvesting delicious crops and offering them for sale, we inspire people. Shareholders and farmstand customers who pick up their food by coming to the Farm have an experience of nature that is increasingly rare, just by walking past rows of vegetables growing through the season and weighing their vegetables in the hanging metal scale. There is a delicious difference at home eating locally grown food that was freshly-picked!
|Michael Toms||05/06/2014||$100.00||Is it better never than late or better late than never? I can never remember. Cheers on beating Doug Flutie.||Sandy and Rick Thau||04/23/2014||$100.00||Ann Silverstein||04/23/2014||$200.00||Ellen Williams||04/21/2014||$30.00||Congratulations on another marathon well run!||Dede Vittori||04/20/2014||$30.00||Good luck, Clara. Thank you for supporting Newton Community Farm!||Anonymous Friend||04/19/2014||$25.00||So glad that you are doing this, Clara! Hope all is well :)||Susan Bodnar||04/19/2014||$50.00||Great cause with which we all identify!||Barbara Day||04/19/2014||$25.00||Run, Clara, run!||Carol Pina||04/18/2014||$25.00||Good Luck Clara!!!||Michele Davis||04/18/2014||$35.00||You go girl!||J Mark Beamis||04/17/2014||$100.00||Way to go sis!||Denise Drower Swidey||04/17/2014||$50.00||You rock, Clara! Good Luck!||Barney Keezell||04/17/2014||$150.00||Good Luck, and Run for the Farm!!||Michael King||04/17/2014||$25.00||YOU GO GIRL! WE'LL BE LOOKING FOR YOU BY THE FIRESTATION||Joan Schnee||04/17/2014||$25.00||Run Clara run!||Bernice Schnee||04/17/2014||$50.00||Cheering you from a'far..||Craig Bouchard||04/16/2014||$20.00||Go Clara, Go!||Judy Gelman||04/15/2014||$25.00||We'll be thinking of you!||Fran Newton||04/12/2014||$25.00||You GOOOOO Clarabelle - naybah, friend, supplier of all things food, and running pal! XOXOXO||Donna Vona||04/09/2014||$50.00||Berman Lauren||04/09/2014||$25.00||Good luck, Clara!||Anna King||04/07/2014||$50.00||Go, Clara!||Amy Sangiolo||04/07/2014||$100.00||You go, Clara! Thanks so much for raising money for such a worthy organization! We love you!!||Mithra Merryman||04/05/2014||$25.00||Russell Lightman||04/04/2014||$25.00||Have a great run!||Kay Cahill||04/03/2014||$25.00||I'm proud of you Clara!||Nancy Criscitiello||04/02/2014||$20.00||Ann Silverstein||04/02/2014||$100.00||Annie Rolincik||04/02/2014||$25.00||Good Luck Clara! I will be cheering for you!!||MARLA & ANDY HOFFMAN||03/24/2014||$25.00||Go Clara!||Katherine Haworth||03/24/2014||$100.00||Run, Clara, run! So proud of you.||Laurie Hutcheson||03/24/2014||$50.00||Go Clara!||Esther Muhlfelder||03/24/2014||$25.00||Clara enjoy the day. Thank you!||Neil Epstein||03/23/2014||$50.00||We will be rooting for you and waiting at mile 17 to cheer you on! Neil & Joanne||Susan Werner||03/22/2014||$50.00||a joy to connect to you, your good will for this run, and healthy foods.||Laurie Rothstein||03/22/2014||$50.00||Now we know how you accomplish so much, Clara. You RUN. Best of luck from me, Mark and Jesse.||Amy Eppler-Epstein||03/18/2014||$50.00||Go Clara!||Judy Wurtzel||03/17/2014||$100.00||Yea Clara!||David Lurie||03/16/2014||$50.00||Clara - Hope you have a great run! - Dave L||Tina Choe||03/11/2014||$100.00||Go Clara!||Joel Shames||03/08/2014||$50.00||Andrea and Eric Pyenson||03/07/2014||$100.00||not sure if this is really "in honor of;" we are supporting Clara's marathon run for the farm||Carie Michael||03/05/2014||$50.00||Have a great race Clara!||Carol Chaoui||03/03/2014||$50.00||Go Clara! Newton Strong!||Martha Harney||03/02/2014||$50.00||Go Clara!!!||Jennifer Martin||03/01/2014||$30.00||Good luck!||Susan Katcher||02/28/2014||$50.00||Good luck!||Marietta Joseph||02/28/2014||$100.00||I love the work of the farm!||Lauren Richman||02/28/2014||$50.00||Good luck with your training. Happy to support you and the community farm!||Sarah Broughel||02/27/2014||$50.00||Go Clara||Jill Damashek||02/25/2014||$100.00||You go Clara!||Allegra Manacher||02/25/2014||$100.00||Go Clara Go!!!||Jody Feinberg||02/25/2014||$50.00||Cathy Walthers||02/24/2014||$25.00||go clara! great pick for your charity||Bonnie Katz||02/24/2014||$40.00||Cynthia Ryan||02/23/2014||$30.00||Peter Barrer||02/19/2014||$20.00||I'm pleased to give a donation in honor of Clara's run!|