Natick Community Organic Farm

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Natick Community Organic Farm

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lgillettelitt
Ashland, MA2 contributions
Wonderful Farm Where You Won't Hemmorage Admission Fee
Jul 2019
NCOF is a real working farm. All decisions are based on the time of year and what farmers do to generate income. The farm incorporates people of all ages into the real farm work so that they understand where food comes from, how good food is grown, and why having access to local food is important. It's very empowering work. People grow as they help out.

My kids have always enjoyed being able to see the animals. My family appreciates that they do not sugar coat that livestock = food. People should understand where their food comes from.

NCOF is a great place to self-tour because there is no admission fee 363 out of 365 days of the year.
Written February 6, 2020
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Sybil E S
Massachusetts112 contributions
Wonderful for Children
Jun 2018 • Family
We have been coming to the Natick Community Organic Farm since my son was two years old and he now has a two-year old of his own! It's a great asset for Natick. I'm so happy it is still here!
Written November 6, 2018
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Everett H
Natick, MA16 contributions
A Great Town Asset
Sep 2017 • Family
This is a working farm in the town of Natick. Various crops are grown there and animals raised including cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and rabbits. It's open to the public and great for a stroll to see the animals. Produce is sold at a farmstand and meat is available for purchase including Thanksgiving turkeys. Kids can enroll in farm programs in which they learn how to care for the animals. Maple syrup is produced and the processed is demonstrated in season for a fee. This is a great town asset.
Written August 12, 2018
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537georgiag
Natick, MA22 contributions
NCOF: It's a Gem
Oct 2017 • Solo
Generally, the Natick Community Organic Farm (NCOF) may or may not be what one expects it to be. It could be said it doesn’t have this or that. But the NCOF is not trying to be like any other farm, rather it asks to be viewed on its own merits. The staff does not try to cosmeticize the underbelly of animal life styles. The pigs have plenty of mud to play in, and the chicken coop is odorous. But the animals are well cared for and the staff seem to know how to propagate, grow and sell vegetables and flowers.
As you approach the Farm you catch a sight of the Maple Sugar Shack, which conjures up smoke billowing and syrup bubbling no matter what the season. The shack is surrounded by neatly stacked dry firewood arranged in circles, waiting for early spring when the maple sap starts to run.
You experience a shaky ride on the driveway up to the farm, with deep and wide pot holes, as if they are there solely to slow you down to 5m/hr. Once you park and recover, the story of a farm life begins to unfold: sheep and goats grace the pastures, where they laze or graze, or stare at you. A cow rests. Some farm staff gather fall crops for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) customers.
There is the main house, with a shed-style farm-stand across from it. Behind the main house there is a “tiny house,” demonstrating an experimental living in a small space.
As you stand in the center of the yard, you face a large, magnificent barn, built in the recent past, but modeled on the style from an earlier era. You can pass through the barn to get to the rabbit run, chicken coops and ranges, pigs and their pens and mud areas, and the thanksgiving turkeys foraging in a field. The turkey hatchlings and the sow and her litter are sheltered inside the barn while they harden off. Bales of hay are stacked for the feeding of the hoofed animals, and sparrows and cow birds fly about the rafters.
A gallery attached to the main house hosts local artists exhibits. In the spring seed trays are arranged there, though the farm has several green houses. The sheared sheep wool is placed on large tables in the gallery until it is cleaned, carded and spun, dyed, dried and twisted into skeins, and finally offered for sale.
The NCOF offers farm programs for children as well adults. A magic forest setting with a cottage out of a story book waits for the “gnomes” to come and play.
The NCOF is a gem, but one that could use some polish or renovation.
Written October 20, 2017
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Christopher L
Sherborn, MA119 contributions
Local, organic, solid
May 2017 • Family
Okay, thing is, local and organic doesn't actually automatically mean good. I know that's heartbreaking, but it's true. I went there looking for herbs, in early May. Each pot--$5.50 apiece--had a little teeny clump. The sage was sort of okay, the marjoram was huge, but the chives and tarragon? The tarragon, you get one spindly stalk per pot, and the chives were a joke: two to three threads of chive per pot. Seriously? My neighbors did a division and GAVE me what this place would have charged $55 for, in chives alone.

Now in high summer, I'm told, the produce really comes in and is great and wonderful. I'm sure it is: any idiot can make an organic farm burst with wonderfulness in high summer. And I will be back to get tomatoes and such at that time. But until then, I'll grow my own.
Written May 4, 2017
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Nancy S
Natick, MA43 contributions
Part of my children's favorite childhood memories
Oct 2016 • Family
We have nothing but great things to say about the treasure that is the NCOF. There are animals to take joy in, fresh vegetables and herbs to buy and enjoy, classes to take to learn about nature, camp programs, work for teens at the store and on the farm and a general feeling of back to basics that you cannot find anywhere else in this area. Not to say that there are not other "nature experiences" for kids, but not like this because they can work and experience here firsthand. We even adopted our bunny, Buckles, from NCOF and he was part of our family for ten years!
Written December 7, 2016
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tamingofthestew@comcast.net
Natick, MA99 contributions
Wonderful Farm off Route 16, Natick,ma
Sep 2016 • Solo
Wonderful fruit,vegetables, herbs, eggs, sometimes chicken and turkey order.
Programs for children and teen agers..tours. Beautiful land like back in the day, meadows with streams..The goats love to have their pictures taken!!
Written October 20, 2016
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