Masks On! Initiative 

Masks On! is a community initiative where the sale of each 100% cotton face mask covers the cost of a mask donated to local organizations and those in need. 

Since March of 2020 Kristen has sewn and donated over 400 re-usable cotton face masks to local organizations, non-profits and groups across the country. 

 Need a mask for yourself or your child? Want to help provide free masks to those in need?

Masks are $10 each, every mask purchased covers the cost of a donated mask. Thank you for helping to keep your neighbors safe! 

 

To purchase ADULT masks click the style link:

Cacti,     Roosters,     Handprint,     Red Plaid,    PoppiesWatercolor Floral,     Bees & Sunflowers,     Green Spirals,    Honeybees,     Chili Peppers,     Birds & Vines,     Bold BatikMuted Stripes,     Marbled Blue,     Hawaiian,     Flamingo & Roses 

 To purchase CHILD masks click the style link: 

Rainbow Stripes,    Unicorns,    Handprint,     Cacti,    Cow Print,    Poppies,     Owls,    Blue Polka Dot,    Watercolor Floral,    DogsBees & Sunflowers,    Gray Batik  

 

Masks are sewn from new, 100% cotton double layered, elastic straps, pocket for additional filter and wire over nose for fitting. 

 

Who: Adults and children in need of bright and beautiful re-usable, cotton face masks. Community members who want to help keep others safe by wearing masks and helping provide face masks to those in need. 

When: On-going, until there is no longer a need for face masks

Where: Order on-line via Etsy, local no-contact pick up or delivery available in Berkshire County- please be in touch!

‘Adopt’ a Hive Beekeeping CSA

Are you interested in learning more about honeybees and beekeeping? Do you care about pollinators and want to learn more about creating a pollinator habitat? Love the taste of raw honey and want to try some straight from the hive? Join us for hands-on beekeeping workshops and a bee product CSA! 

Community members are invited to ‘adopt’ an Olsen Farm beehive in return for CSA shares of honey and other bee products, information about their adopted hive, and hands-on honeybee workshops and events on the farm!

$350.00 price for May-October 2021

Included in your ‘adoption’:

  • Information packet about honeybees, our practices and your ‘adopted’ hive
  • Shares of Olsen Farm raw honey, honeybee products and pollinator plants
  • Invitation to participate in monthly (May-October) hive inspections
  • Monthly (May-October) workshops and demos including planting for pollinators, beeswax prep, honey extraction and more!
  • Year-end member banquet at the farm including honey and bee product recipes

Who: Those interested in learning more about honeybees, beekeeping and pollinators

When: Starting May, 2021. Workshops will be held on Saturdays, between 10am and noon

Where: Olsen Farm, Lanesborough MA

“Want to know more about your local farms, farmers and ecosystem? Olsen Farm’s “Adopt a Hive” program is a wonderful way to get a fun, friendly introduction to beekeeping, from hive to honey and much more. Not only do you get up close and personal with loved and healthy, thriving and diverse bee species and their hives, you get access to Chris’s and Kristen’s expanding, real-time knowledge about bees and keeping them, from cultivating habitat to catching swarms to collecting comb. The farm is a lively yet peaceful place, with an abundant landscape and animated characters (like chickens and farm dog, Aspen); learning gardens which provide for the local community, and of course, plenty of humming hives to observe. Chris and Kristen care so much about the work they do and the land and creatures they care for. They will go out of their way to make sure you feel safe during each workshop and answer all of your questions. If they don’t know the answer right away, they’re quick to tap into their network of master beekeepers and resources to figure it out. I loved everything about this program, from doing the dirty work of hunting for Varroa mites, to the challenge of spotting queens, to the joy of seeing, smelling and tasting the nuances of honey collected throughout the production seasons. I looked forward to every workshop and getting to spend a morning or afternoon outdoors, learning and laughing with like minds and some of nature’s hardest workers.” 

Jenn Smith, North Adams Mass.

Backyard Remedies: Plant Preparations Workshop Series

In this hands-on workshop series participants will learn to identify, harvest and prepare simple ‘backyard remedies,’ using plants found commonly across the Berkshires.
  • Learn to identify medicinal plants growing in your backyard!
  • Receive a photo ID pamphlet of common medicinal plants, properties, contraindications and harvest times
  • Hands-on workshops on sustainable wild foraging, preparing tea, tincture, syrup, infused oil and salve
  • Recipes for some of our Olsen Farm favorite preparations

*Tentative plants covered: dandelion, raspberry leaf, goldenrod, violet, plantain, nettle, red clover, St. Johns Wort

$240.00 price for 8 workshops *Individual class prices available, please be in touch for options

We are not medical professionals, these workshops are not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions  but are presented as educational tools for those interested in learning about plant remedies.

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about collecting and preparing plant remedies!

When: Eight workshops, May through August, 2021. Workshops will be held on weekend days, TBA

Where: Olsen Farm, Lanesborough MA

Free Produce Program 

In 2020 we launched a pilot of our Free Produce Program- providing free, fresh produce, grown on the farm, to senior residents in Lanesborough through weekly delivery and no-contact distribution. The program was funded by a grant through EforAll Berkshire County, as well as on-line fundraising of farm products.
Community members reached out and offered to donate ‘extra’ produce from their home gardens as well, turning our program into a community organized event each week! This summer we distributed nearly $2400 of fresh produce, at no cost, to senior residents in Lanesborough. 
We plan to expand Free Produce Program in 2021 in order to provide even more free, fresh foods to seniors and families in need- both in Lanesborough and neighboring towns. 
If you would like to make a donation toward covering the cost of free, fresh produce for the 2021 season- please click the link below!

Who: Senior citizens and residents in need

When: Spring 2021

Where: Lanesborough, MA
*We hope to expand this program to other towns and network with other small farms in 2021, if you are interested in being involved please be in touch!

“This program was a wonderful way to reach out to the community in so many ways. It not only provided local fresh produce to seniors but it was a vehicle for community involvement at a time when people were looking for a way to stay connected and help their neighbors. Kudos to Kristen & Chris for not only identifying a need but for finding an innovative solution.”

Linda Pruyne

“This program was great. When I got my veggies on Tuesdays I would plan my dinner around it. Great produce, great people! Thank you.” 

Ann

“This is a great community service and Kristen deserves a lot of credit for getting it started. I hope it continues to grow and thrive!” 

K.W.