Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy, Inc.

Winchester, MA   |  www.wlfarm.org

Mission

The Wright Locke Farm Conservancy promotes the understanding of agriculture, natural science, and history among the youth and adults of Winchester and surrounding towns through our educational, agricultural, social and recreational programs and through the use and presentation of the historic farm buildings and objects to help current and future generations develop skills that promote cooperation, self-reliance, and prudent respect for nature.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Mr. Philip A. McIntyre

Main address

PO Box 813

Winchester, MA 01890 USA

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EIN

26-3409084

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

cultural Programs (Kgr)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

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Sustainable Agriculture and Land Stewardship

The Conservancy operates a certified organic market garden farm to demonstrate by example the benefits of sustainable farming practices. On the farm we grow over 35 different vegetables and a few fruits as well as over twenty varieties of flowers that we sell at two farmers markets and through a CSA. We also sell to several local restaurants and provide excess food to a local food bank. In addition we grow raspberries which we sell to the public on a pick-your-own basis. This has the added advantage of increasing awareness of the farm. In addition to providing revenue, the sustainable agriculture program serves as a platform for our farm-based education programs.

Population(s) Served

Beginning in 2012 Wright-Locke Farm began offering week long programs to acquaint elementary school children with where their food comes from and what it takes to raise it. Initially our programs were offered to children in two groups, those entering kindergarten through second grade and those entering third grade through fifth grade. In 2013 we doubled the number of programs offered and have since expanded our programs to include spring and fall after-school programs, programs for home-schooled children, family oriented programs, and adult workshops.In addition, we work with area preschools to provide informative farm visits and with interested students and adults to integrate them into day-to-day farm operations such as harvesting crops and caring for our chickens, sheep, goats, and bees. We are also working with the local schools to integrate the farm into their curricula.

Population(s) Served

The Wright-Locke Farm was established in the 1630s and remains the last continuously operating farm in Winchester and one of the few remaining farms within the I-95 beltway. It includes an intact farmstead consisting of five buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized by the Canadian government as the homestead of Philemon Wright, the individual who first settled what is now the Capitol Region of Canada.In addition to the historic buildings, there remains on the property a large collection of historic farm implements, most of which were manufactured in New England. The objective of our historic preservation program is to preserve and protect these historic assets and to interpret them for the benefit of present and future generations. When the Conservancy began operations the buildings were suffering from years of deferred maintenance and consequently the primary focus of our efforts was to stabilize them.We have accomplished that; the next challenge is to restore the windows in the historic squash house.

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Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/11/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sally Quinn

Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy

Term: Nov 2014 - Nov 2015

Charlene Band

Community Volunteer

Sara Ferguson

Community Volunteer

Cynthia Latta

Community Volunteer

Sally Quinn

Community Volunteer

Mary Ellen Rourke-Falvy

Community Volunteer

Jill Shay

Community Volunteer

Roger Wilson

Community Volunteer

Nathan Rome

Community Volunteer

Douglas Marmon

Community Volunteer

Christian Mango

Community Volunteer

Amelia O’Donnell

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