Colchester Neighborhood Farm, an 8-acre Baystate Certified Organic Farm is also a National Bicentennial Farm as sanctioned by the state of Massachusetts. This designation means that Colchester Neighborhood Farm has been owned by the same family (the Barrow family) for the past 200 years. In January 2012, New England Village signed a lease to assume operation of Colchester Neighborhood Farm. Connie Maribett, who had been operating Colchester with her husband Ron since 1999, was retained as farm manager. This partnership will provide many exciting opportunities to New England Village, Colchester Neighborhood Farm and supporters of both programs.
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It is the mission of New England Village to enable adults living with intellectual disabilities to experience dignified, enriching lives as part of a dynamic, supportive campus community and through participation in meaningful day programming.
New England Village decided to pursue a venture into the farming industry in response to the decline in statewide manufacturing jobs that had previously provided work for its employment program. The Village also operates a cleaning and landscaping business.