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The Natick Community Organic Farm isn’t the same without you. Whether you come here on the weekends to see the animals, or your kids come to our summer programs, or you eat our produce, you are part of our community. Our neighbors and members are the heart of what we do!


CSA

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a concerted effort between grower and consumer to make local food more sustainable for all involved. By investing in the harvest before a single seed is planted, you share in the risk and the promise that is the agricultural adventure. The CSA model not only helps ensure longterm sustainability for small farming operations like ours, it connects you to the growing season as a shareholder.

NCOF runs a 20-week Community Supported Agriculture program from June through October.  Participating in NCOF’s CSA is a wonderful way to eat locally, improve your diet and culinary skills, support the Farm, and get to know the people who grow your food. Weekly CSA e-newsletters provide helpful information on what crops to expect in your share, tips on how to store your share, tasty recipes, and news on what’s happening at the Farm.

In addition to large and small vegetable shares, we offer a certified-organic flower bouquet CSA and a delivered vased arrangement CSA. You can enjoy the raw beauty of flowers grown as nature intended, in season and free of pesticides and petrochemicals.

All CSA shares can be purchased online. Each week, vegetable and flower bouquet CSA members come on down to the root cellar below the main green house to collect their share.

Questions? Reach out to [email protected]


Membership

With your help, we can continue our work of fostering community and good will through the love of the land. Through yearly financial support, our members undergird all the work we do at the Natick Community Organic Farm. They might not be there to help weed to carrots, milk the goats, or pick tomatoes, but they are there to help us buy the seeds, feed, and hire the help we need to get all the work done.

Have questions? Let us know. [email protected]

While most of what NCOF has to offer is free for one and all, in recognition of the support of our members the following privileges are unique to participation through membership:

Your membership helps to keep NCOF free and open every day during daylight hours. Thanks for showing your commitment to community farming, and for being part of Team Farm!

Sign up privileges for small CSA share

Sign up privileges for flower bouquet CSA share

Priority ordering privileges for organically raised Thanksgiving turkey

Facility rental privileges

Seasonal member tours. (watch for dates in our e-newsletter and Facebook)

Member price admission to Maple Magic (March) & Spring Spectacular (May)

Farm supporter car/fridge magnet

Coupons including for one complimentary pack of NCOF seedlings

Discount on seedling pre-orders

all FARMER benefits plus:

Priority registration for summer programs

Reduced member rates for youth programs

Sign up privileges for large CSA shares

Member price admission to Harvest Dinner

3 complimentary sugaring tour tickets on Maple Magic Day (first Saturday in March)

all FARMER and CROFTER benefits plus:

Sign up privileges for Forest Gnomes

Reusable NCOF produce bag

FARMER gift membership for a friend (to set this up, email us)

all FARMER, CROFTER, & FRIEND OF THE LAND plus:

2 Harvest Dinner reservations

1 complimentary flower bouquet

Private 45-minute farm tour (to set this up, email us)

CROFTER gift membership for a friend (to set this up, email us)

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Volunteer

Volunteers join in the life of the farm throughout the year. From single days of service as a company or community group to hundreds of hours over the course of an internship, there are lots of ways to connect.  For any questions that aren’t answered here or to set something up, reach out to [email protected]

Over the years, many students have come to the Farm to engage in meaningful volunteer work, perform senior internships, and complete community service hours. We believe that everyone can be a productive part of the farm and everyone has something to contribute. If you are a student and are interested in farming, the environment, ecology, and enjoy being and working outside, we want to hear from you!

Reach out to [email protected] via email. She needs to know who you are, why you’re interested in volunteering at the Farm, how many hours you are looking for, and what kind of schedule you’re working with.

  • We have volunteers come Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • We are open for service hours during school vacation weeks
  • We are not open for service hours on the weekends

Expectations:

  • We expect all community service volunteers to be on time and to be here for all scheduled hours
  • Volunteers must be able to work both independently and in groups and be ready to see projects through to completion
  • Volunteers must show up ready to work and conduct themselves in a professional manner

Description of work:

Work on the Farm changes with the seasons and the day. Even with the best laid plans, it can be hard to predict what anyone will be doing on a particular day. All farm staff is expected to pitch in and do what needs done! That said, some examples of likely seasonal tasks include:

  • Seeding
  • Transplanting
  • Sap collection + boiling
  • Light carpentry work
  • Cleaning animal enclosures
  • Harvesting
  • Mulching and winterizing garden beds
  • Weeding and cultivating
  • Light carpentry work

Throughout the year individuals are welcome to come and join us in the rhythm of farm life. While we don’t take volunteers on the weekends, for anyone that can join us during the workday time on the farm can be restorative, focusing, and fun.

Schedule:

  • We are open for volunteers Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Most often adults volunteers work with us for a full morning or afternoon, once or twice a week.

What to expect:

  • Regular participation in whatever is happening! As a fairly long-term experience you’ll see every part of the farm cycle. Harvesting in the fall, putting the gardens to bed and animal care in the winter, seeding and transplanting in the spring, and fieldwork as spring blends into summer.

During the Spring and Fall the Farm can accommodate larger groups of adults interested in volunteering for a day. Usually in a single visit, businesses, religious, and community groups interested in a day of service help us knock out large scale projects.

Reach out [email protected] to set up a day.

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]

For the full LiT write up, go here.

NCOF depends on volunteers to help at its seasonal pubic events, Maple Magic (first Saturday in March) and Spring Spectacular (third Sunday in May).

Depending on the age(s) of your child(ren), we can accommodate families too.

Email Mary for details.

 


Special Events

Saturday, March 3

Pancake Breakfast

  • 8-11 am at the Memorial School, across the drive from the Farm
  • gluten free pancakes available
  • live music
  • agricultural demos
  • raffle prizes
  • Admission
    • Members $10, kids 10 and under $5
    • Nonmembers $12, kids 10 and under $6

Maple Sugaring Past & Present

  • 9 am-2 pm, maple sugaring tours every half hour
  • Native American and Colonial sugaring demos
  • Sugar shack visits
  • Lunch & snacks for sale
  • Admission
    • $8 per person
    • Current NCOF members at Crofter level ($125) and above receive 3 free tour tickets

An Old-Fashioned Fair for the Whole Family and Seedling Sale

  • Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • 10 am- 2 pm • Rain or Shine • Live Music • Hay Rides!
Activities and Demonstrations!
  • Nature-based crafts
  • Simply Circus
  • Petting pasture
  • Butter & Ice cream making
  • Beekeeping
  • Fiber crafts
  • Weaving
  • Thrown pottery
  • Blacksmithing
  • Seedling sale
Admissions:

Members:

  • Adults ~ $5
  • Children ages 3-12 ~ $3
  • Free for children under 3

Nonmembers: 

  • Adults ~ $10
  • Children ages 3-12 ~ $5
  • Free for children under 3

 Face painting & hayrides are $2

Cash and check only please

All other activities are included in the entry price

A Farm-to-Table experience like none other

“Spectacular…authentic and intimate…phenomenal!”

  • Lakeside tasting of sustainable wines, organic
    and local beer & natural sodas
  • Oysters, locally-made cheese, tasty hors d’oeuvres
  • Buffet meal of NCOF’s finest produce and meats plus
    offerings from dozens of other Massachusetts farms, dairies, fishermen and producers
  • Silent and live auctions and Fund-the-Farm
  • Live music
September 28, 2018
  • 5 pm – 9 pm    Dinner @ 6:30 pm
Admission:
  • $115 members; $135 nonmembers
  • $135/$155 after 9/23 at noon & at the door

Produced in Partnership with our Sponsor,
the Wellesley College Club

The Farm’s Education Center, used daily for community and school programs and a community art gallery, provides a perfect venue for current Members to hold parties, meetings, and other special events. The minimum rental is two hours for $125,  and $50 for every additional hour thereafter. Nonprofits may rent the space for two hours for $75, $35/hour thereafter. You, or your organization, must be a current Member of the farm to rent the space.

We strongly encourage anyone interested in renting the space to come down to the Farm and see it first. This will give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the room and the farm, ask questions, and help you make the most of your event.

The approximately 720 sq ft Center includes the following:

  • 25 folding chairs
  • 1 large table: Length: 12 feet, Width: 4 feet, Height: 2.5 feet
  • 2 small tables: Length: 6 feet, Width: 2.5 feet, Height: 1.5 feet
  • Countertop w/ sink
  • Wood stove
  • 14 outlets

Rental time includes set up and tear down.

Reach out to [email protected] with questions and check out our Rental Form.


Tours

Farm tours are a great way for a group of people to get a better sense of everything that goes on here at the Natick Community Organic Farm. Led by farm staff, these all-access hour-long visits can be tailored to the interests of your group. Groups of all sizes and ages are welcome!

  • Tour groups are welcome at $8 a head
  • Tours run an hour in length
  • Staff-led access to animal enclosures and greenhouses, size of group permitting

To book a tour for your class or group, or to get more information, email [email protected]


Donations

The Natick Farm depends on the generosity of local businesses and community members to carry out its mission of preserving productive open space here in the Metro-West area. Your support matters to us, whether that is in the form of a monetary donation through a capital campaign or annual appeal or if it means buying a bale of hay and some grain for your favorite ruminant.

As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, all donations can be tax deductible. For questions or to learn more, reach out to our Director of Operations at [email protected]

 


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