THE SECOND NATURE STORY

Adam Tedeschi developed a love of being outdoors and working with plants during his summers spent as an employee at a perennial farm. Later, at Wesleyan University's Long Lane Farm, he discovered the world of vegetable production and the satisfaction of growing his own food. Realizing that his future resided in growing vegetables, Adam set out after graduation to work on farms in Iceland, Norway, and Vermont - if he could learn how to farm in the arctic circle (he thought), then farming in Massachusetts should be a breeze.

Months after returning from his journey, Adam began Second Nature Farm in April of 2009 on 1/3 acre in Norton, MA. With three hand-tools, a wheelbarrow, and a heap of blissful ignorance, Adam dove headfirst into the vocation of growing vegetables for market and CSA. Though there were plenty of painful mistakes the first year, there were also many successes, and each one became further motivation to continue learning. 

In 2012, vegetable demand had outgrown the 1/3 acre micro-farm’s capacity, and so the farm moved across town to a 3-acre plot. The transition was exciting and petrifying: up-sizing to 3 acres required a full-time crew and tractor, which in turn meant that the farm’s success relied on more than merely knowing how to grow vegetables. Each year Adam and the crew have continued to gain knowledge and chart their progress though the decreasing amount of weeds.

Though the tools have changed over the years, the appreciation for feeding himself and others the best quality produce remains the same. Eight years after sowing its first seed, Second Nature Farm operates a 150-member CSA and attends Saturday farmers’ markets in Hingham and Braintree

 

PROUD to be certified naturally grown

Second Nature Farm is proud to be Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). Founded in 2002, the same year as the National Organic Program, CNG is a grassroots alternative to organic that minimizes certification fees and paperwork. Second Nature Farm, in accordance with CNG guidelines, abstains from using any pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or GMO seeds. We feel strongly that our customers should be able to eat our produce straight from our fields, free from worrying about whether or not it contains toxic chemicals.

At Second Nature Farm we recognize disease and insect pressure as symptoms of a problem, not a problem itself. Healthy plants have natural disease-fighting mechanisms similar to the way humans have an immune system to ward off disease. And plants, like humans, are most susceptible to disease under periods of stress. In this way, unhealthy plants are ultimately plagued by stress-inducing soil conditions. By balancing soil nutrients and adding organic matter we have drastically decreased our insect and disease pressure, and each year work towards the goal of eliminating these issues entirely.

 

THE SECOND NATURE MISSION

Each day our mission focuses and directs our actions. We remind ourselves that:

1) Second Nature Farm strives to provide our community with the highest quality vegetables possible, as defined by flavor, shelf-life, nutrient density, and lack of pesticides and insecticides.

2) Our farm ceaselessly seeks to mitigate our negative environmental impact, and encourage others to do the same. 

3) We seek to connect people to the food they eat, and in doing so create an awareness that purchasing food has significant environmental and social implications.

4) We strive to be a helpful resource for those beginning their own growing endeavors, so that more people may experience the rewards and satisfaction of nurturing and eating their own food.

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The SECOND NATURE CREW

 

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