Things to See




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.


Animals

At Natick Farm we have a selection of farm animals to see on your visit.

  • Cows
  • Rabbits
  • Layer chickens + Rooster
  • Broiler Chickens (Seasonal)
  • Turkeys (Seasonal)
  • Pigs
  • Sheep
  • Goats

We ask that you do not go in the pens unless accompanied by a farmer but you are welcome to throw in some dinner scraps for an extra snack!

  • Chickens and rabbits love veggies and greens!
  • Cows, sheep, and goats love greens and fruit!
  • Pigs love dinner scraps of all kinds – but be sure you are not feeding them something too salty or too sugary.

The animals are out and about every day until 4:30pm when we finish our afternoon chores.


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. 

You can access the woods trails at the far left of the farm house next to the flower fields and behind the tool shed. Please note that our Forest Gnomes program takes place in the woods and our playground is not open to the public.