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.
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]
Every year the Natick Community Organic Farm accepts a select few into its Leader in Training program. The LiT position is a volunteer opportunity for individuals aged 14-16 to learn, teach, and lead during the Farm’s summer programs.
LiTs will gain experience working in a dynamic organization during our busiest season, practice working with students in a variety of contexts, learn how to lead activities and respond to barriers to student learning, and be part farm life.
You will learn from and work alongside our summer staff as we educate kids aged 4 to 10 about farming, food, the environment, and sustainability. If you would like to explore working with kids, farm work, outdoor education, or teaching, you might be a great fit as a LiT!
To apply, email a letter of interest and the contact information of two references to [email protected]
TITLE: Event Coordinator
SUPERVISOR: Farm Administrator
SCHEDULE: 10-15 Hours per week; more during event build-up.
STARTING WAGE: $15/hr
OVERVIEW: Produce, direct, and manage Natick Community Organic Farm’s seasonal public farm-related events, Maple Magic, Spring Spectacular, Harvest Dinner Silent Auction, and Turkey Pick Up Day. Regular tasks include managing, following, and tweaking existing event production plans; assigning tasks to NCOF staff; recruiting and managing volunteer help; soliciting donations; overseeing event set up, production, and clean up; conducting post-event follow up, evaluation, and communications. The ideal candidate is a creative, organized, intuitive, detail-oriented but big-picture problem solver and “go getter” who can effectively coordinate people, tasks, and resources. Prior event and fundraising experience preferred. Must be comfortable working on a PC in MS Word, Publisher, Excel, and in Google docs. This a great job for a motivated, largely self-directed person with excellent written and oral communication skills, passion for the Farm’s mission, and a good sense of humor. Work schedule can be set around the school day or other commitments. We are a family-friendly, highly accepting workplace. Perks include community lunch (unpaid but delicious), and discounts on farm products and programs.
Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to Farm Administrator Trish Wesley Umbrell at [email protected]