Stewardship of the Farm

 

Natick Organic Community Farm strives, whenever possible, to act as good stewards of the environment.

 

Here are some of our practices:

 

Animal Care
Our animals are fed organically, raised humanely, and have daily access to fresh air, sunlight, and organic pastures or yards. We use their manure to feed our land and gardens.


Bicycle Rack
A safe, prominent place to park bikes encourages visitors to pedal over to the Farm.

Certified Organic
NCOF raises all of its vegetable, fruits, and animals according to strict organic standards. We do not use synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.

Composting
Compost is our most important farm product. We compost all of our vegetable scraps and animal manures to in order to naturally enrich our soil. After thirty years of composting, the fertility of the Farm's soil is amazing!

 

Cleaning Products & Paper Goods
We clean our facilities with natural and organic cleaners. We use 100% post-consumer, recycled paper in our offices. We use recycled, recyclable, and/or renewable plates, cutlery, and cups for our events. These are easy things to do at home, too.


Composting Toilet
The Farm's new composting toilet drastically reduces the amount of human waste that the farm sends into the sewer system.

 

Local Labor
By hiring locally, the Farm increases local employment and skill levels, as well as the buying power of the community. It also reduces commute times, saving gas.

Root Cellar
The Farm's root cellar takes advantage of the natural temperature of the earth to cool and prolong the storage of our vegetables and flowers.

Solar Greenhouses
Our greenhouses capture the light and heat of the sun to produce seedlings and salad greens with minimum input of fossil fuels.

Solar Panels
Located on the roof of the barn, our solar panels produce 40 percent of the Farm’s electricity needs.

Timber
NCOF uses locally-grown and cut timbers whenever possible to construct its buildings.

Walking Trail
The Farm's walking trail encourages visitors to get outside and commune with nature.

Wood-Fired Evaporator for Sugaring
Locally harvested pine logs provide all the heat necessary to boil our sap into maple syrup.

Wood Stoves
Energy-efficient wood stoves are used to heat our education center, nature center, and workshop.