The mission of the Norwell Farms non-profit organization is to:
To partner with local farmers and businesses in our community by the following actions:
Educate and engage the community about regenerative**, local organic agriculture, along with the environmental and historic aspects of Jacobs Farm;
Increase our community's access to and awareness about healthy food and other beneficial crops;
Protect, conserve and steward historic open space, natural habitats and farmland for the benefit of our community; and
Sponsor agricultural investments and opportunities that support and assist the local farmers’ ability to assist the nonprofit meet the above actions.
We have reconnected the Norwell Community to a local, working farm while preserving the beauty and open space of historic Jacobs Farmstead and improving access to fresh food for all Norwell residents.
**Why “regenerative”? The key difference between regenerative agriculture and sustainable agriculture is the intention to regenerate, or renew, the productivity and growth potential of whatever is being regenerated. Sustainable practices, by definition, seek to maintain the same, whereas regenerative practices recognize that natural systems are currently impacted and it applies management techniques to restore the system to improved productivity. Regenerative and sustainable actions can use essentially the same practices, the difference is the application and the management of those tools.
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In 2009, Norwell Town Meeting voted to fund the start up of a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) on town land. The town, led by the Norwell Community Preservation Committee, the Norwell Historical Commission and the Norwell Conservation Commission selected a 1.64-acre parcel of town-owned preserved farmland at the historic Jacobs Farmstead to be the site of the new CSA farm.
In February 2010, Norwell Farms was incorporated and received its 501 (c) (3) public charity status in June 2011. Its Board of Directors, comprised mostly of Norwell residents, guides the non-profit activities and leads fundraising efforts for the organization.
In the Fall of 2012, the Town of Norwell granted Norwell Farms a 3-year renewable license to expand our community farm operation to include 7.34 acres at historic Jacobs Farm and an additional 1.5 acres at Barstow Field on River Street.
In January 2013, the Board of Directors split Norwell Farms into two separate entities. Norwell Farms Inc. (NFI) is a farm-based education nonprofit and a 501(c)(3) public charity. Norwell Farms CSA runs the farm operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the nonprofit.
With community donations, NFI constructed a greenhouse in Spring 2013, purchased a John Deere tractor and farming implements, installed electricity to the greenhouse and added a walk-in cooler. In Fall of 2014, the Norwell Town Meeting voted $50,000 to allow the Historical Commission and Norwell Farms to partner to rejuvenate historic Jacobs Farm, and to add infrastructure to accommodate modern farming practices. We brought electricity to the barns and dug a new well to irrigate our vegetable fields.
Norwell Farms Turns 5!
February 2015 marked the 5-year anniversary of Norwell Farms, and we have accomplished an incredible amount in that time. With Scott Franklin as our Farmer, we have brought Jacobs Farm back to a working, organic farm growing food on 14 acres, mostly in Norwell. Our nonprofit is also growing by leaps and bounds. In 2015, we won the prestigious Seeds of Change grant to help us build our farm-based education programs at the farm. We welcome the community to the farm for several community events throughout the year, field trips, summer programs, story times and more.Come grow with us!