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Natick Community Organic Farm Inc.

 117 Eliot Street
 Natick, MA 01760
[P] (508) 6552204
[F] (508) 6517334
Lynda Simkins
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EIN 04-2720335

LAST UPDATED: 04/13/2015
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic, public farm committed to providing productive open space, sustainable farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round. 


Mission Statement

Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic, public farm committed to providing productive open space, sustainable farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $556,500.00
Projected Expense $556,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Forest Gnomes- A Wald Kindergarten Program
  • Mentoring Teens Through Agriculture
  • Natick Community Organic Farm School Programs
  • Natick Community Organic Farm Summer Programs
  • Teen Work Crew

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Mission Statement

Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic, public farm committed to providing productive open space, sustainable farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round. 


Background Statement

With over 7000 Farms in Massachusetts, (as defined by the UMASS Center for Agriculture Research & Extension) NCOF is one of the only farms in the state that is; certified-organic, community based, with a mission statement reflecting farm-based education as a core principle, and is open to the public year-round for no entrance fee.
NCOF occupies 27 acres of land, secured through a public/private partnership with the Town of Natick’s Conservation Commission.  The land has existed as farmland throughout history, with the first farmers assumed to be native people who were talented agriculturists.  NCOF was conceived in 1975 as a means of supplying much-needed summer jobs to local young people at risk. Known at the time as the Red Wing Farm Project, the Farm experienced significant success early on, employing teens and gaining the support of the community.  
As the project evolved and the mission expanded, the organization became known as The Natick Community Organic Farm, a 501 [c] 3 organization, and took on its current ambitious environmental and education mission.   In 1980 Lynda Simkins was hired as the Farm’s Director and continues to provide leadership and vision for the Farm today.   In the decades since its inception, NCOF has become an integral part of the Metro-West area’s geographic and agricultural landscape, and a rich center of community life.  Unique to the Farm’s mission, NCOF works with teens and young adults in the community providing jobs and educational opportunities to learn about organic farming.  This past year, NCOF secured a lease 30-year lease with the Conservation Committee and the Town of Natick, securing the Farms location until 2043.

Impact Statement

Approximately 12,000 individuals visited the Farm each year from the following towns: Natick 40%, Wellesley 17%, Needham 13%, Framingham 4%, Newton 3%, Weston 3%, Dover 2%, Medfield 1%, Sherborn 1%, Westwood 1%, Ashland 1%, Elsewhere 14%
Of the 12,000 visitors, 2452 were students and engaged in at least one of the Farm’s 17 educational programs. 150 teens between the ages of 12-18 participate in NCOF’s teen programming each year.
Recent accomplishments include:
  • The securement of a 30-year lease with the Town of Natick, ensuring the Farm’s location through 2043, and is preserved as conservation land.
  • The design and implementation of a large scale composting pad, utilizing pig aeration, bolstering the Farm’s sustainability and reducing waste.
  • Implementation of a Future Farmers Apprenticeship program.
  • Updated School Curriculum to reflect new State educational framework. 
  • In 2013 the Farm provided educational programming on site for 146 school visits and 14 scouting troop field trips.
  • In 2013, 144 people, from 23 towns in the Metro-West area, provided 4500 hours of volunteer work on the Farm.
  • The Farm continues to expand its assortment of crops; in 2013 the Farm increased revenue through the sales of flowers and organic blueberries.
Future goals include the following:
•Complete a 5-year endowment and sustainability campaign, securing the Farm's future in perpetuity.
•Expand and develop After School In the Woods programming.
•Expanding school programming to surrounding towns.
•Implement an environmentally conscious forestry program with a goal of creating and implementing systems that manage the Farm’s forested land.  NCOF’s forestry program would serve as an example of better methods for the planting, protecting, thinning, controlled burning, felling, extracting, and processing of timber.
•Restore the Farm's 1815 barn.
 • Design and implement an onsite Tiny House, providing year-round affordable and sustainable housing for Farm staff.
•Continue to work on improving year-round production and marketing of farm crops.

Needs Statement

The following is a summary of NCOF's identified needs:


  • Successful completion of an Endowment and Sustainability Campaign, to date NCOF has secured 60% of the identified goal.    
  • Assistance with a long-term forestry and land production management plan.
  • Assistance with Board development and capacity building.
  • Implementation of a farm wide irrigation system.
  • Funding for an onsite Tiny House. 


NCOF’s current Executive Director, Lynda Simkins has provided leadership at the Farm for over 34 years.  Lynda’s innovative thinking has been integral in shaping the Farm into an educational, community-based organization throughout her tenure.   Succession planning is critical to the Farm’s continuity.  The Farm would welcome assistance, guidance or resources to assist us with this process.

CEO Statement

I am very fortunate to work under a Board of Directors knows what a wonderful resource NCOF is to the greater community.  We are keenly aware that despite all the successes, the biggest challenges are still ahead, and include ensuring the farm is an available resource to the community in perpetuity.  Developing and implementing an endowment to ensure sustainability and focusing on the future leadership of the Farm will ensure future generations can learn from, and benefit from, the Natick Community Organic Farm.  

Board Chair Statement

It is an exhilarating time to be Board President and part of the Farm.  Through steady guidance over almost four decades, NCOF is poised to be a viable and sustainable resource to Natick and surrounding communities for future generations.  In the past year, NCOF has secured the singular use of the land it occupies, securing its first long-term lease (30 years) with the Town of Natick.  All this, while concurrently working towards building an endowment to be fully self-sustaining.

With each of these successes, there have been challenges that have accompanied them.  Working with any town government is a step-by-step process that can be slow to bring to fruition.  Yet with patience and the consistent leadership of our Executive Director, Lynda Simkins, much progress has been made.  Positive relationships with the town government and the Natick community have been solidified with the concerted efforts of the NCOF board, staff, and its many community supporters.

Geographic Area Served

Approximately 12,000 individuals visit the Farm each from the following 24 towns:  Abington, Ashland, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Lexington, Lynnfield, Medfield, Medford, Millis, Milton, Natick, Needham, Newton, North Andover, Stoughton, Sudbury, Watertown, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, and Sherborn.  

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Agricultural Programs
  2. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools
  3. Education - Secondary & High Schools

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development


Forest Gnomes- A Wald Kindergarten Program

The Forest Gnomes program is a year-round outdoor program designed for three- to six-year-old children. It is modeled after the European Wald kindergarten, a type of preschool education that is held almost exclusively outdoors. Whatever the weather, children are encouraged to play, explore and learn in nature. The adult supervision is meant to assist rather than lead.


Through the Forest Gnomes program children connect to nature.  The program vision instills guidance for children to gain the most intimate view of the world, therefore defining their relationship to the world around them.  The program curriculum is dictated by the seasons - activities, songs, stories all reflect the time of the year. Free play, meaningful work and imagination are the main building blocks.


Budget  $118,915.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families
Program Short-Term Success 

Program short-term success includes increasing children’s confidence in moving about in the outside world, increasing physical fitness (increased stamina, improved balance)development of creative playimproved self-control and problem solving skillsand social and emotional readiness for school.

Program Long-Term Success 

Program long-term success is measured by a life-long love of nature and increased involvement as stewards of the land, including a capability to tap into the healing aspects of nature therefore helping to lead balanced, healthy lives in a fast paced world.

Program Success Monitored By 
1. Retention rate of participants from year to year.
2. Positive feedback from participants and parents.
3. Ability to meet short and long-term goals as measured by feedback gathered at the end of each school year.  
Examples of Program Success 

Parent Testimonials

•          The Forest Gnomes program is a beautiful opportunity for children to connect with and explore the natural world. It’s very different from taking a nature walk once a week.   Forest Gnomes parent


•          I love the nurturing attitude that exists in respect to the children. The teachers are amazing! I love how they do more by doing sometimes less. They are thoughtful and move at a wonderful pace. Forest Gnomes parent

Mentoring Teens Through Agriculture

Mentoring Teens Through Agriculture is founded on the idea of providing an outlet for teenagers who are looking for a more in-depth experience with farming that may otherwise be difficult to obtain in a group setting.  Students are chosen based on their previous experience at the Farm and their desire to pursue farming as a practice and lifestyle. They are responsible for tending their own plot of land while observing soil conditions, crop success and eligibility for sale at farmer’s markets. They are also fully responsible for one animal of their choice. For the pilot year, they are in complete control of ourmeat birdordering, tending and processing for slaughter. They are also responsible for at least two weeks with our teen work crew in order to gain hands-on experience with machinery. This rounded and detailed experience gives them an opportunity to see which aspect of farming they identify with most.

Budget  $67,384.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Agricultural Economics & Farm Management
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Short term success is measured by participants ability to develop skills and an understanding of:  the annual cycle of production, step-by-step awareness of seed to crop evolution, collaboration skills with farmers on projects in-need, obtaining record keeping skills that inform future actions on the farm, leadership skills for specific aspect of farming for future placement on a farm.

Program Long-Term Success 

Long-term success is measured by participants’ eligibility for placement in a University program or career in the field of agriculture, participants gaining knowledge about the variety of components that are involved in running a farm, and self-Confidence, critical thinking and leadership skills

Program Success Monitored By 

Program success is monitored by eventual placement and success in an agricultural field, retention of those eligible to return, and with enhanced knowledge, and an ability to guide future interns, the quality of products produced from the participant’s farm plot.

Examples of Program Success 

“I am truly looking forward to seeing out the entire process from planting to maintaining and finally harvesting and selling. I also want to map out more of what we want to do with our plot. I would really like to try planting vegetables that I don't know much about in terms of their growing process in order to learn more. I am excited to have such a hands-on experience in this opportunity. I am passionate about learning about how my food ends up on my plate and believe that the relationship between a farmer and their food, and the customer and their farmer, is truly quite important.” Farm Intern, recently enrolled in college to focus on Environmental Studies.

Natick Community Organic Farm School Programs

The Farm School Programs have existed at the Farm for over 20 years.   Current programming is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework, enhancing the work of school educators and serving as an educational enrichment resource.   All of our programs allow students the opportunity to participate in and observe activities that are part of a working, productive farm. Our programs bring classroom subjects to life, connecting learning with the wide ecological community of which we are all a part, with the Farm serving as a laboratory for understanding and appreciating our interconnected world. Our programs cover topics such as ecological cycles, plants, animal adaptations, soil, decomposition, food webs, sugaring, geology, and sheep shearing.

Budget  $31,710.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Over 2,500 students from multiple grade levels and various schools participated in Farm School programs in the spring of 2013.   Several schools participated in field trips at the farm for the first time this year and expressed interest in returning next year.

Program Long-Term Success 

The biggest indicator of long-term program success is the consistent return of students each year.  Many of NCOF’s school partnerships have been in existence throughout the program’s tenure (20 years) with students returning year after year to discover something new at the farm.

Program Success Monitored By 

Program success is monitored by feedback from visiting teachers through routine written follow up; observation and feedback from farm teaching staff; a thorough review of activities at the close of programs to monitor students’ retention of subject matter; and the retention rate of schools that participate in programming at the farm.

Examples of Program Success 

Feedback from 2nd grade public school teacher: “When doing end-of-year reflections, many of our kids said the chicks were their all-time favorite memory from second grade. I know they learned so much from the experience, and so did we!”


Feedback from 6th grade public school teacher: “I wanted to thank you for the awesome experience that our sixth graders had over the last week at the farm.  We were very impressed with the staff, the farm and all of the new learning that took place.  The students could not stop talking about the hands-on stations that demonstrated the process of decomposition.  It fit perfectly with our unit we are studying in class.  Thank you again for having us and we look forward to another great experience next year

Natick Community Organic Farm Summer Programs

Natick Community Organic Farm Summer Programs includes the following programs:  Forest Explorers, Budding Farmers, Young Farmers, Growing Farmers, Junior Working Farmers, Working Farmers and Leaders-In-Training.
Forest Explorers is a program designed for three- to five-year-old children. The purpose of the program is to help children discover the woods, wild plants and animals, as well as pond and stream ecosystem. 
Growing Farmers is for children ages eight through nine who are ready to take on more responsibility and pitch in while still enjoying nature walks and crafting.  They learn how versatile farm products can be, to manage a garden, how organic farms mimic nature, and why we grow organically.  Activities include making herbed salts, teas, and vinegars, “edible” walks, and caring for the animals.
The Junior Working Farmers program is designed for children ages 10-11 to prepare them for the tasks of a graduating to the Working Farmer program and have fun while doing it!  There is a focus on marketing of farm products, care and upkeep of the farm, and how small tasks impact the whole farm. Activities include care for animals, weeding, managing the main farm stand, and taking inventory of farm products.
Working Farmers is for youth ages 12 through 14 who would like to get their hands in the soil, and really learn what it’s like to be a farmer.  Working Farmers work alongside the year-round farmers, taking care of all aspects of our busy organic farm in the summer. 
Leaders-In-Training work closely with the Budding Farmers, Young Farmers, and Growing Farmers. This is a volunteer position for the farm and provides the opportunity for teens to grow in leadership skills by guiding children in activities, helping give directions, and delegating tasks to the kids. Each participant sends in an application and is interviewed for the position.
Budget  $110,986.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 

Program short-term success is measured by retention and continuity of program youth.  Completion of assigned tasks and each program resulting in the assigned program outputs.

Program Long-Term Success 

The long-term goal of the summer programs is to capitalize on the part of our mission that emphasizes “hands on education.”  Through fun, hard work and creativity, kids enjoy the open space and farm products that they help produce, while informing them of the surrounding environment and the basic principals of organic farming.  Within this experiential setting we ingrain the ideals of caring for the land and having this inform their decisions, as they get older.

Program Success Monitored By 

Program success is monitored by retention rates of participants from year to year, feedback from participants and parents, exhibition of knowledge within the program day without prompts and quality (and longevity where applicable) of products and completed projects.

Examples of Program Success 

A recent program participant came to the farm without a lot of experience with animals, tools, and only the knowledge from his family’s home garden to inform him.  Through attending our program over a 4-year time span he become more interested in the farm and looked for more opportunities to participate in the work here.  When he was looking at high schools to attend, he decided to attend a high school that focused on agriculture and provided him more formal training.  This allowed him to spend more time pursuing the passion that he discovered here.  He is currently an intern at the farm for the summer, working on developing his own plot and learning through experience what it takes to run a farm.


Teen Work Crew

Teen Work Crew (TWC) is a work program that specifically addresses the Farm’s appearance and structural health while providing job training and readiness skills for teens.  TWC members learn traditional craftsmanship, maintenance of property, and skills in construction and repair of farm edifices.  The goal is to give young adults valuable summer work that uses their time productively, provides them with an independent income for them to manage, and provides an opportunity to gain the responsibility of working on tasks to completion.  Additional components include teaching teens basic job application skills, including writing a letter of interest and going through an interview process. This is a paid position with teens committing to 3-4 weeks of time during the summer. For many of them, this is their first working experience.


Budget  $83,623.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Agriculture
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Indications of short-term success include the completion of designated projects, and the successful completion of job requirements (letter of intent, interview and assigned farm repair tasks by the enrolled teens.


Program Long-Term Success 

Long-term program success includes attaining skills in using tools, machines, and tasks required for maintaining the farm, gaining problem-solving skills, basic job seeking and interview skills, and the ability to work as part of a team. TWC works to prepare young adults for future employment and work environment by providing an early opportunity to be positive contributors to the work force.  This is accomplished within the framework of respect for the environment.


Program Success Monitored By 

Program success is monitored by the quality and completion of assigned work tasks, retention of teen work crew from year to year, and the teens ability following up and complete necessary paperwork as required.


Examples of Program Success 

“Over the years I have experienced being a part of the farm from different perspectives, and with varying purposes…Now working on the TWC, I have enjoyed seeing how I can view the farm, and the way it functions, from a different angle.  Last summer I remember cutting a small branch of wood into the little discs that the younger farmers use for nametags.  I could recall wearing small, round, wooden nametag myself when I was a young farmer, but then I had no idea where the wood came from, or who had made it for me.  Being on the Teen Work Crew has not only introduced me to more advanced skills that are useful later in life, but also gave me a different perspective of the farm”-Teen Work Crew member


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Comments from the Board President, Mary DeBlois;  While the importance of the sustainability of the Farm cannot be underestimated, the day-to day-emphasis is always on education, for all ages, but primarily our younger generation.  And I’m amazed at the amount of programs that are available and that consistently sell out!  These young people are treated in quite a different way than in school, where they are given individual grades.  Everyone at the Farm pitches in and learns to work together in a real way–and these young people rise to the occasion! And they get dirty! The challenge here is that there are not enough hours in the day to expand the program offerings . . . . So the effort is being made to develop even more programs to bring into the classrooms.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lynda Simkins Executive Director
CEO Term Start May 1980
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Lynda attended the University of New Hampshire from 1974 to1978. She began as a math major before switching to plant science. She came to the Natick Community Organic Farm in 1980 as the Farm’s Project Director. and was promoted to the Executive Director position in 1983.  She has held this position for 30 years. Prior to her employment at the Natick Community Organic Farm, Lynda was a 4-H instructor. During her 34 years at NCOF, Lynda has built a dynamic self-sustaining agricultural farming model for area farms and developing farmers.  Lynda served as the President of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, or NOFA, from 1989 to 2001. She reassumed the presidency in 2008 and continues to serve in this position. Lynda works with many local and regional resources in order to protect, improve, and develop the Farm and organic farming.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Casey Townsend Assistant Director Casey joined NCOF in the fall of 2013 from the Boston Natural Areas Network, where he managed two urban farm locations and worked with teens to grow organic vegetables. He has served as the Education Director for both Eco English Experience and Land Sake, and holds a MBA in sustainability from Antioch University of New England. 
Ms. Trish Wesley Umbrell Farm Administrator

Trish first started working at the Farm in the early 1980s as an eleven year old in one of the Farm's early summer youth programs. She credits the program for helping her to discover her life-long interests in plants, education, and community building. Trish served on the NCOF Board of Directors for 11 years. Before joining the Farm’s staff in 2009, Trish served as Director of Education for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and as Editor and Editorial Director (among other many positions) forHorticulturemagazine. Trish graduated from Cornell University's College of Agriculture from with a Bachelor of Science and self-designed degree program of plant studies and written communication. She is an accomplished writer, editor, event planner, and baker.

Ms. Regina Wolf Fritz Coordinator of Public Programs

Regina has served as the Farm’s Coordinator of Public Programs for the last thirteen years. It is through her work and efforts that the Farm’s public programs are a cohesive, organized and profitable venture. Prior to joining the Farm staff, Regina volunteered at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, the Early Childhood Center and Calvin Coolidge Elementary School, and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. She holds a Diploma in Horticulture (roughly equivalent to a Master’s Degree in the U.S.) from the University of Hannover in her native Germany.

Mr. Jonathon Young Summer Program Coordinator Jonathon (Jon) joined NCOF in August of 2013.  He has over 5 years of diverse experience in youth development, having recently worked with youth in Palestine prior to joining NCOF.  Jon holds a Bachelor in Arts and Community Development from Gordon College in Western MA.  His favorite part about his work is being a part of the farm community, and being able to tangibly see the impact his work has on young people and the environment.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Recipient of the 2010 Community Business Shining Light Award Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate 2010
Shining Light Award- a community business award for NCOF's support of quality education in Natick Natick Education Foundation 2010
In recognition of the addition of solar panels on the barn as a green technology project. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate 2008
Recognition of NCOF's School/Business Partnership promoting career development and vocational training The Education Cooperative 2008
Lynda Simkins, NCOF Executive Director for 25 years of service Commonwealth of Massachusetts 2005


Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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NCOF works closely with the Town of Natick on several education and conservation initiatives.   This past year, NCOF entered into a 30 year-lease with the Conservation Committee and the Town of Natick, securing the Farms location until 2043.  In addition, NCOF serves as a model farm for several developing farms throughout the state.  NCOF works closely with area schools and community groups on educational initiatives and hands-on learning opportunities.  In 2013 the Farm provided educational programming on site for 146 local school visits and 14 scouting troop field trips. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 145
Number of Contract Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A


Board Chair Ms. Mary M. DeBlois President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term May 2013 - May 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mary M. DeBlois President Community Volunteer Voting
Randall Gruber Co Vice President Technical Advisor, National Council on Aging; Vice President of Engineering Voting
Ruth Levenson Treasurer Harvard Business School of Publishing Voting
Devon S. Long-Lytle Clerk Sustainable Business Strategies – Consultant Voting
Patricia Luke Co Vice President Natick Public School Teacher Voting
Absen Malik Account Manager Voting
Lynda Simkins Executive Director NCOF Executive Director Voting
Eric Stoch Advertising Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mary Ellen Ames -- NonVoting
Erica Ball -- NonVoting
Jay Ball -- NonVoting
Bob Brack -- NonVoting
Brian Donahue -- NonVoting
Arthur Fair III -- NonVoting
Carp Ferrari -- NonVoting
George Fiske Jr. -- NonVoting
Rudman Hamm -- NonVoting
David Krentzman -- NonVoting
Karen Masterson -- NonVoting
Kathleen Drumm Rehl -- NonVoting
Barbara Talkov -- NonVoting
Mare Tomaski -- NonVoting
Kristine Van Amsterdam -- NonVoting
Bruce Weisberg -- NonVoting
Ronald Wright -- NonVoting
Chris Yoder -- NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 100
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Endowment

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $556,500.00
Projected Expense $556,500.00
Form 990s

2013 990

2012 990

2012 Additional Expense Detail, per NCOF

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Reviewed Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $851,619 $650,207 $549,158
Total Expenses $585,998 $557,210 $453,062

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$176,223 $101,500 $110,503
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $454,606 $422,865 $377,036
Investment Income, Net of Losses $145,420 $66,327 $7,545
Membership Dues $75,370 $59,515 $54,074
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $197,044 $179,642 $159,788
Administration Expense $387,823 $375,616 $293,005
Fundraising Expense $1,131 $1,952 $269
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.45 1.17 1.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses 34% 32% 35%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 2% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $1,521,241 $1,289,255 $1,189,722
Current Assets $941,132 $703,665 $597,813
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $4,317 $37,952 $31,416
Total Net Assets $1,516,924 $1,251,303 $1,158,306

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $800,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose Endowment Campaign
Campaign Goal $2,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2014 - June 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $800,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 218.01 18.54 19.03

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Additional Expense Detail:
Natick Community Organic Farm, Inc.'s (NCOF) youth and teen programming exists on the foundation of a successful, healthy, sustainable, certified-organic farm. NCOF’s administrative costs reflect this foundation and are required to carry out the youth and teen programming. The administrative costs (67% for FY12) reflect all costs associated with an organic farm, including but not limited to: livestock, livestock feed, farmer and assistant farmer salaries, seeds, greenhouse maintenance, maple sugar production equipment, farm machinery purchase, repair and maintenance and traditional farming overhead. Further details about the administrative farm-costs, which help fuel NCOF’s programmatic work, are included in the audit documents posted above for your reference.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?