April 2012 Update:
The City of Newton has decided to expand the community garden program in Nahanton Park to include the area that NCF was interested in farming. As a result, NCF will continue to look elsewhere for additional space to expand farm operations. We welcome ideas from our friends and supporters.
In April 2011, Newton Community Farm submitted a proposal to the City of Newton to expand our farm operations into Nahanton Park (click here to download a .pdf of the original proposal).
In response , the City of Newton Parks and Recreation Department formed a committee and hired Massachusetts Audubon’s Ecological Extension Service to do a natural-resources inventory and management plan for Nahanton Park. The committee overseeing this effort included representatives from Newton Conservators, Friends of Nahanton Park, and Newton Community Farm.
In October, 2011, Mass Audubon formally issued their report entitled Natural Resources Inventory and Management Plan for Nahanton Park.
For more information about the process, click here to read a summary provided by Newton Conservators.
Click Story to learn more about NCF’s history!
Click Blog to learn more about the Angino family from writer, Leona Palmer!
Click here for the City of Newton’s 2012 analysis of the historical significance of NCF’s buildings (draft version, pending final review and approval).
The land that is now Newton Community Farm has been farmed for over 300 years. Originally settled in the late 1600’s, it was bought in 1917 by the Italian immigrant Angino family, from whom the City of Newton purchased it in 2005.
courtesy of the Angino Family
The Angino farmstead reflects the history of Newton and the surrounding areas, from its roots in small-scale New England farming to early 20th century immigrant life to modern suburban development.
In our preservation and renovation efforts, we seek to recreate the simple, functional character of a small family farm and to retain the vestiges of a time when people were more connected with their food and cultural heritage.
Among our preservation priorities:
- “Iconic” view of the farm from Winchester Street
- Spatial relationships among buildings, and between buildings and landscape
- Primary architectural features of the barn, farmhouse, and other surviving structures
- Permaculture and long-term crops
- Visible signs of farm work in progress
our farm today