Clara Silverstein's Fundraising Page
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Clara Silverstein's Fundraising Page
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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,


ABOUT NCF 2014 Social Fundraising

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!

A place to dig, learn and grow


Name Date Amount Comments
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!!
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!
  Total $3,130.00  
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