Barn Rebuild

A True Community Effort

Early in the morning of March 17, 2021 our barn burned to the ground.

Henry and Jacob, 6-year-old twins, heard the news and ran to their rooms.

They came back with jingling piggy banks and told their parents they wanted to donate everything they had to help build a new barn at their beloved farm. Their $5.00 gift was the first donation made to rebuild after the fire.

This has been a true community effort, and our last donation towards our initial $1.1 million goal was given by the family of 1-year-old Skyler, a joyful participant in this summer’s toddler program.

We appreciate the generosity of individuals, families, small and large businesses. The Farm Staff and
Board are humbled by the community support and are excited to get the barn build underway.

Check back to this page or follow us on social media for updates as we progress in building our new barn!

The Barn Fire: Rebuilding after Tragedy (Video)

please note: footage of the fire and audio from the 911 switchboard runs from 00:22-00:55

Progress!

Check out this schematic of our new barn & future state-of-the-art attached greenhouse

Our architects have submitted designs, and as of September 2022, we have the permits in hand to begin building this fall!

 

We are excited to continue sharing this process with you; check back here or follow us on social media for more progress updates.

To learn more, contact: Nicky Wilson, Assistant Director of Internal Operations, at [email protected]

Make Your Mark

  • Dedicate your gift to your children or grandchildren.
  • Make a gift in honor of a loved one.
  • Leave your family name for future generations to find.
  • Raise funds with a community group.

Give $1,000 before August 31, 2022 and you will have the opportunity to a name inscribed in the new barn.

Share Your Memories

“A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life’s true priorities are clear.”
–Lauren Davis Baker

We’d love to see and hear your memories of our beloved old barn.
Please email them to us so that we can share them here!

History of the Barn

1815

The beautiful timber-framed barn that stood on this property for 206 years was constructed in 1815. The Bacon family built it from local oak trees from Carver Hill that had been knocked down during “the Great Blow of 1815.” The logs were pulled here by oxen, and then milled into timbers and planks onsite at the water-powered sawmill on Bacon Brook.

1975

Red Wing Farm Project–the beginning of NCOF–moved here in 1975. Youth workers spent that first year repairing the barn and adding the attached greenhouse. The first stall on the left served as the director’s office. The barn served as physical, spiritual, and emotional heart of the farm. It was a learning space, a warm, dry place for animals to give birth, and a community landmark.