Visit the Farm


The Farm is free and open for you to explore on your own from sun up to sun down, every day. You’re free to walk around, look in the barn, visit the creatures, and walk the paths to see what’s growing. As the seasons change, so do we! Even from day to day, we always say that there is something new down on the Farm.

Our self-service market stand is also open for business whenever you come and visit.

NCOF’s Ambassadors offer free guided tours periodically throughout the year. Dates are announced in our e-newsletter and on Facebook.


Animals

The animals are out and about most of the day, every day, until around 4:30 pm when we finish up afternoon chores. 


Barn & Buildings

Built after the Hurricane of 1815, we use our timber-framed barn today as a shelter for equipment, feed, and animals. Feel free to walk on through when the doors are open and see the history of use and restoration written everywhere you look.

  • In the spring the stalls on the left are used as birthing stalls for our pigs. You can find them there around Valentine’s Day.
  • In midApril and then again in midJune, the Barn is host to baby chicks. First chickens and then turkeys and broiler chickens.
  • In the back of the Barn are our tool and grain rooms. Feel free to take a gander, but please don’t touch anything!
  • Solar panels on the southern roof, just above the barn greenhouse.

Our main office and education center is one of many buildings built by youth labor, in this case almost entirely by students from Keefe Tech. The walls of the classroom function as an art gallery, with new exhibits every two months. In the winter, the market stand is set up in the front room.

Home to greens in the winter, basil in summer, and trays of seedlings in the spring, this stand-alone greenhouse is one of the major ways we extend the limited New England growing season.

The small hoop house near the market stand is used by our Flower department to both extend the season and grow temperature-specific crops. Feel free to poke your head in the door, but as with all our growing spaces, please don’t enter.

Out behind the farmhouse and next to our flower fields, the large hoop is home to salad greens in the spring and winter and tomatoes in the summer. The large hoop is a massive boost to our year-round vegetable production.

The first tiny house in Natick sits out behind the main greenhouse. Part experiment, part demonstration of sustainable living, the house is a private residence, but open to the public twice a year for tours. (Dates are announced in our e-newsletter and Facebook page.)

The sugar shack is where we boil sap into syrup in the early spring. Typically active early February to mid March, depending on the strength of the season and the impact of climate change, we boil all day and into the night when the sap is running. Join us on Maple Magic to learn more or book a tour!


Fields

  • On your right as you come down the drive, this half of our production field is primarily devoted to no-till agriculture. No-till methods aim to increase yields and decrease weeding by increasing soil health through not disrupting the micro-ecosystem of the soil.
  • Feel free to take a closer look, just stick to the major greenways through the 4 quadrants- walking rows within the growing beds are narrow and missteps kill plants.

Click play to watch Lynda and Casey explain no-till:

  • Using traditional organic methods such as aggressive composting and crop rotation we aim to maximize the productivity of every bed foot we have!
  • Feel free to take a closer look, just stick to the major greenways through the 4 quadrants- walking rows within the growing beds are narrow and missteps kill plants.

Out behind the farmhouse is where you’ll find our major flower production field. Rows upon row of color and shape to smell and admire. Feel free to wander but stay on the walking paths.


Market Stand

The Market Stand is located at the top of the drive, just across from the farmhouse, and is open all daylight hours. Throughout the year, you can find whatever is in season as well as farm-fresh eggs, maple syrup, yarn, and honey. As with all of our products, they represent what a small diversified farm can produce and as such, supplies are always limited.

The Market Stand is a self-service experience run on the honor system. We’ve got a cash box and a “what did you buy” sheet to help keep track of things, so even if you don’t see anyone around, the stand is still open for business. If you have a question about something that isn’t answered by our signage, pop on over to the farmhouse.

The building itself was constructed by the Teen Work Crew in 2008.


Woods & Forest

Much of the land that the Natick Farm sits on is forest and wetland. Davis Brook winds its way through the property. At the North-Western corner of the farm is a trail that leads into the woods, where it joins up with the Eisenmenger trail along the Sudbury Aqueduct.


Special Events

Saturday, March 3

Pancake Breakfast

  • 8-11am at the Memorial School, right next to the Farm
  • Gluten free pancakes available
  • Dixieland jazz band
  • 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 to 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 receive 3 free tour tickets

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

  • Sunday May 20, 2018
  • 10:00 AM – 2:00 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
  • Structural fiber art
  • Blacksmithing
  • Seedling sale
Admissions:

Members:

  • Adults ~ $5
  • Children over 3 ~ $3
  • Free for children under 3

Non–Members: 

  • Adults ~ $10
  • Children over 3 ~ $5
  • Free for children under 3

 Face painting & hayrides are $2

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 9/28 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, $50/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]

Maple Sugaring Tours (February & March)

Maple Sugaring Tours

Freezing nights in the 20s and warm days in the 40s – it is maple sugaring season! Throughout the month of March we invite everybody to join our maple sugaring tours. Come visit the Farm and explore the history and artifacts of maple sugaring from Native American to Colonial to modern times. Learn about the science of sugaring, visit our tapped sugar maples, sip some sap while it drips into the bucket, and stop by the sugar shack where sap is boiled down into delicious syrup. Boiling and sap flow is entirely weather dependent. But whether or not we’re boiling, our tours offer a fascinating glimpse into a New England tradition.

Tours run for about an hour and must be booked in advance. The fee is $8 per person. Pre-registration is required so begin with the form below.

01 Mon-Fri Feb 24- Mar 23 1:00 pm-1:45 pm $8

02 Mon-Fri Feb 24-Mar 23 3:30-4:15 pm $8

03 Mon-Fri Feb 24-Mar 23 4:15-5:00 pm $8

04 Sat Feb 24-Mar 23 9:30-10:15 am $8

05 Sat Feb 24-Mar 23 11:00 am-11:45 am $8

We expect to sugar between February 24 and March 23 but cannot guarantee we will actively be boiling on any particular day. 

Questions? Reach out to [email protected]   Interested in a tour? Start the signup process here.

NCOF goes a long way on the support of friends and neighbors. Consider joining us as a member or through a donation today!