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. This partnership will provide many exciting opportunities to New England Village, Colchester Neighborhood Farm and supporters of both programs.
It is the mission of New England Village to empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their potential and pursue their dreams through innovative programs and community living.
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.
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