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 on the Board Roles and Responsibilites page and email it to the President of the Board, Devon Long-Lytle.
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, please read Board Roles & Responsibilities and consider submitting an application.