The original Codman family farm, sometimes referred to as “The Grange,” was established in the early 19th century on the former estate of Chambers Russell, one of Lincoln’s founders. The farm had been in continuous operation for over 150 years, with respectable dairy, vegetable and fruit operations. It was one of only a handful of working farms in Lincoln remaining after the Second World War. When Dorothy Codman died in 1967, her will provided for the transfer of the barns and acreage to the Ogden Codman Trust. In 1970, the town of Lincoln purchased the property, and in 1973 voted at town meeting to create a nonprofit Codman Community Farms, Inc., to run its operation.
Founded in 1973 by citizens interested in continuing the farming tradition of Lincoln, CCF is a non-profit agricultural enterprise. It began as a part-time, volunteer operation and over the years has grown, thanks to the myriad of volunteers that helped along the way.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are overseen by a 15-member volunteer Board of Directors. Three new members are elected every year at the annual meeting to serve a three-year term.
Our 2017 Board of Directors are:
- Beth Taylor, President of the Board
- David Alperovitz, Vice President
- Chris Fasciano, Treasurer
- John Mendelson, Clerk
- Fan Watkinson
- George Travis
- Brendan Coughlin
- Juliana Delahunty
- DJ Mitchell
- Tina Murdough
- Toni O’Connor
- Drew Shilling
- Carol Carmody
- Ginger Reiner
- Nancy Fleming
Codman Community Farms has a growing dedicated and committed staff, currently including:
- Pete Lowy, Farm Manager
- Jen Hashley, Advisor
- Jeremy Aines, Assistant Farm Manager
- Alexandra Boyd, Farm Assistant
- Eli Newell, Assistant to the Assistant
- Marley Silvestro, Chief egg washer
- Deb Rosson, Bookkeeper
- Abraham Lowy, Future Farmer
VISITING THE FARM
The farm is open to the public year-round, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, seven days a week (except for Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). As a working farm, we raise heritage breed cows and pigs, lambs (seasonally), laying hens, meat chickens, turkeys, and produce. All items are for sale in our self-serve Farm Store which is open every day of the year. Depending on the time of year, the barnyard and near by fields host a variety of animals, birds and gardens for exploration.
Admission is $3.00 adults, $2.00 children. Place your payment in the box inside the barn door.
We can schedule tours where groups will visit the livestock, gardens and buildings. Led by board members and friends of the farm, tours are usually between 1/2 hour and 45 minutes and should be scheduled in advance.
The fee for tours is $10 per person, children and adults.
Please call or e-mail to schedule a tour.
Farm - 9:00pm to 6:00pm every day
Farm Store Hours – The farm store is always open! The cameras are watching to keep you safe!
Office Hours – Monday through Friday mornings, with calls returned on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Email is the best way to contact the office: firstname.lastname@example.org
The farm is located at the intersection of Codman and Lincoln Roads. The farm is within walking distance of the commuter rail station in Lincoln. By car, take Trapelo Road west from Route 128 (I-95) to the center of Lincoln; turn left on Lincoln Road; Codman Road is just past the Railroad tracks and before the police and fire stations.