Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Last night, I attended a fundraising dinner for the Natick Community Organic Farm. The NCOF, referred to simply as "the farm" by everyone associated with it, is a non-profit, certified organic farm located off of Route 16 in Natick. Every summer, local teenagers participate in the Teen Work Program, where they garden, care for livestock, make repairs on barns, greenhouses, fences, etc..., and sell produce at the market stand. My sisters and I all worked at the farm when we were younger, and we loved it. Aside from learning about agriculture, working at the farm was a great experience. It was the first time I was given real responsibility and treated as an adult, and the first time I learned how satisfying it is to work hard at something you care about and believe in. For those of you in the area, I encourage you to stop by, purchase some fresh organic produce or maple syrup, and check out the farm. For those of you from afar, I encourage you to buy locally grown produce in order to support similar small farms in your area.