The people are the real magic of the Natick Community Organic Farm. Whether you need to get in touch with someone or want to learn more about what goes on, here is the rundown.
The Board of Directors of The Natick Community Organic Farm is committed to the mission of the Farm and helps oversee and guide the Farm into the future, ensuring that this amazing and valuable resource–a working farm situated in the middle of densely populated suburbia–continues to thrive and be viable for many generations to come.
Our current Board members live in Framingham, Holliston, Medfield, Natick, Sherborn, and Weymouth. They include a teacher, a lawyer, a computer specialist, a sustainability consultant, a chef, and a farmer. In addition to being involved with the Farm, our Board members are also involved with 4H. the Northeast Organic Farm Association, The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN), Friends of the Morse Institute Library, Cohasset’s Holly Hill Community Farm, Medway Community Farm, Holliston Garden Club, Net Impact, Natick Council on Aging, and Sherborn Garden Club.
The Board of Directors is currently looking to fill open position; we are seeking candidates with Human Resources or Risk Management experience. If you are interested in joining, please complete the application and email it to the President of the Board, Mary DeBlois.
AT THE FARM
At the Farm’s annual community events–Maple Magic in March and Spring Spectacular in May–Board members partnering with staff and many wonderful volunteers welcome the greater community to the Farm, fostering the connection of the Farm to the MetroWest and Boston communities.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Each member acts as an ambassador for the Farm. We participate in a number of community happenings every year. In March, the Board peopled a booth at the March Taste of Metro West evening affair, sponsored by the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. In April, Board members served organic popcorn and sodas from the Farm’s booth at Natick’s Earth Day. And from May through October, Board members regularly sell vegetables, flowers, and seedlings at the NCOF farm stand at the Saturday Natick Farmers’ Market, which is held at the Natick Common from 9 AM to 1 PM every Saturday. Board members are actively involved in the Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner in late September.
The Board’s primary mission is to engage in fund raising to support the Farm’s goal: to educate the greater community on natural foods systems and sustainable, environmentally-aware living. These fundraising initiatives include our primary fundraising event, the Harvest Dinner & Auction in September, the Annual Appeal, membership development, and project-specific capital campaigns.
Through focus on these fundraising and “friendraising” initiatives, the Board enables the Farm to remain a viable model and education center as it moves into the future.
JOINING THE BOARD
The Board is always looking for interested individuals who enthusiastically support the farm’s long-term sustainability. Each board member serves as an advocate for the farm, participates in board and farm fundraising initiatives, and helps to recruit new board members. Membership is a three-year-commitment. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, unless moved to accommodate board members’ schedules. (We can be flexible.)
Serving on the NCOF Board is a meaningful way to volunteer, to support and guide a well-respected nonprofit, to get to know your community, and to grow as an individual. If you are interested in applying to join the Board, here is the application.
The Apprenticeship experience at NCOF is a unique opportunity for kids who have come through our Working Farmer program to get a year round view of the life of the farm. This group of 5-10 individuals is part of everything the farm has to offer. In the winter they seed and help us during sugaring season. In the spring they transplant. In the summer they harvest, cultivate, and sell. And in the fall they help us put the fields to bed. They help us take care of the creatures from birth to death. NCOF Apprentices are the next generation of growers.
But Farmers aren’t the only thing we’re growing. Working on the farm gives these kids a sense of responsibility, purpose, independence far beyond what most entry-level workers experience. Critical thinking, leadership, and teamwork are just a few of the virtues we aim to instill in our young colleagues.
Forest Gnome Intern (September 2018-June 2019)
The Natick Community Organic Farm, a nonprofit, certified-organic farm and home to the Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten program, offers an internship opportunity for an outdoor enthusiast who is eager to learn about the very unique approach of the Waldkindergarten model to connect children ages 3 to 6 to nature. The Forest Gnomes program focuses on nature immersion and the social, emotional and physical development of the child. Attention is given to fueling the imagination, providing space for uninterrupted play, engaging in meaningful work and creating a homelike environment.
The ideal intern will work with the Forest Gnomes program for 4.5 hours per day, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/ Thursday from September through mid-June. There is potential for teaching hours in the Farm’s 2019 summer programs. The staff for the Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten program consists of two teachers and one-two interns.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Commitment: September 4, 2018 – June 15, 2019, 4.5 hours per day (8:00 am-12:30 pm); Monday/Wednesday and/or Tuesday/Thursday
Compensation: A stipend in the amount of $12 per hour will be paid on a monthly base
Please Note: The Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten program is not a licensed preschool; hours cannot be put towards EEC teacher qualifications.
Start date: ASAP
To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to: Audrey Fergason at [email protected]
Do you have a strong interest in agriculture and the outdoors, love kids, and are willing to learn? We’re looking for teachers February- June to teach everything from maple sugaring to forest and farm ecology to the life and care of our Farm animals. Email School & Scout Coordinator at [email protected].
Ever introduce a curious kid to a curious pig? Collect eggs with a gaggle of grade-schoolers? Explore the fields and flowers with a troop of ten-year-olds? If you have or think these sorts of things sound like fun, the Natick Community Organic Farm is looking for eager and energetic educators to carry out our mission to connect kids to food through fun work.
Join us for 10 weeks this summer where every day you can expect to teach something, learn something, and have fun doing it. If you are passionate about kids, food, the future, and the outdoors, and can even envision merging them all together into a veritable whirlwind of agricultural adventure, then we want to talk to you! Check out the specifics below, or contact Jon Young at [email protected] or 508.655.2204 for more information or to send in a resume and cover letter. You can also learn more about the farm at www.natickfarm.org
- June 18 through August 23. Sessions run Monday through Thursday.
- Program times run 9 – 4 for younger programs and 8:30 – 4:30 for older programs
- Hiring decisions by February 1
- Compensation at $14 an hour
A regular kind of day:
- Guide your group through the Rabbit chores
- Lead a scat scavenger hunt in the lower pasture
- Read ‘Everybody poops’ during snacktime
- Collect an impossible 200 potato beetles and feed them to the chickens
- Finish off with a garden salad with fresh goat cheese!
- Implement and refine program content (talks, walks, projects, activities)
- Supervise, manage, and provide structure for 6-12 students
- Work effectively and collaboratively with a co-teacher and a volunteer assistant
- Respect and nurture all farm resources, from animals to crops to students and staff
To apply, email a resume and cover letter with references to [email protected]