Natick Community Organic Farm

 
Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm that provides hands-on, experiential education for all ages, year-round. Our programs are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and offer students the opportunity to observe and participate in activities integral to producing healthy food on a working farm. Our programs bring classroom subjects such as ecology, maple sugaring, and geology to life, utilizing the farm as an exciting laboratory for cultivating an appreciation and understanding of the larger ecological community of which we are all a part.
 
 
Contact Info
Address: 117 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760. Middlesex County.
Tel: 508-655-2204.
Hrs: Vary.
 
SCHOOL
School programs bring science to life through exciting farm activities and exploration. Students might explore the woodlands, test water and soil, search for signs of erosion, learn about chickens, spin sheep’s wool, and more. Other agricultural topics include harvesting and gardening, maple sugaring, baby livestock, and greenhouses. Our “work-study day” lets middle and high school students visit for 3-5 hours, engaging with farm work while exploring topics together; faculty are expected to plan a lesson they would teach as part of student rotations on the farm.
 
Contact Info
Name: Christine Schell.
Phone: 508-907-6019.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Min. 10 students.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 90 minutes-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: n/a.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Picnic tables.
Cost: Fee.
Accessible To: n/a.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Environmental Studies, Health & Safety.
Topics Covered: agriculture, animals, conservation, Earth science, ecology, plants.
 
 
SCOUTS
A variety of programs for Boy and Girl Scouts are available. They can tour the farm, meet farm animals, help with chores, and much more. Three seasonal programs are offered as well – holiday crafts, sheep shearing, and a maple sugaring tour. Badge programs are also available in topics such as farming, ecology, plants, insects, forest history, and compost. The Farm also welcomes scout groups for overnight camping!
 
Contact Info
Name: Christine Schell.
Phone: 508-907-6019.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-12th.
Group Size: Min. 10 scouts.
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 hours-1 night.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: n/a.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Picnic tables.
Cost: Fee.
Accessible To: n/a.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Camping, Environmental Science.
Topics Covered: animals, camping, ecology, forestry, insects, plants.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool students can learn about agriculture and ecology during their visit. Examples of activities include testing water and soil, searching for signs of erosion, learning about chickens, spinning sheep’s wool, and more. Other agricultural topics might include harvesting and gardening, maple sugaring, baby livestock, and greenhouses.
 
Contact Info
Name: Christine Schell.
Phone: 508-907-6019.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
Group Size: Min. 10 students.
Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 90 minutes-3 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: n/a.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Food Options: Picnic tables.
Cost: Fee.
Accessible To: n/a.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Environmental Studies, Health & Safety.
Topics Covered: agriculture, animals, conservation, Earth science, ecology, plants.
 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Farm Lesson Plan

The average American may eat 125 pounds of potatoes each year, but corn is actually America's number one field crop, providing ingredients for cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks. Use a trip to an agricultural farm to find out where our fruits and vegetables come from. ... Continue