Our Mission

The educational mission of New Brook Farm (NBF) is to share information and raise awareness of the historical, social, archaeological, and environmental significance of the Brook Farm site with adults and students in Greater Boston and neighboring communities. Once we have launched a demonstration garden on the site,  NBF hopes to promote healthy and “green” practices in the growing of food crops through farm and classroom experiences.

This mission will be achieved on and off-site through tours, workshops, lectures, and hands-on activities. Much of this programming will be in partnership with other organizations such as the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.

Farming Initiative

New Brook Farm aspires to create a small demonstration garden on a portion of the Brook Farm site. It will:

  • Have an educational mission.
  • Be a community farm, not community garden plots.
  • Be operated by a professional farmer, who will supervise volunteers.

Organization and Board

New Brook Farm was created by local citizens, inspired by the original Brook Farm community and by its natural beauty. We are backyard gardeners, local park advocates, urban agriculture supporters, history buffs, nature enthusiasts, and neighbors who have united around a new vision for its future. Our all-volunteer board brings professional and avocational talents and interests that include urban planning, architecture, landscaping, farming and gardening, education, community development, and more.

New Brook Farm, Inc. became a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation in 2011 and is governed by a board of directors. The organization received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS in 2015.

2019-2020 Board Members

Ray Porfilio, AIA, LEED AP, President – Principal, Epstein Joslin Architects

David G Austin, LSP, LEP, PG, Vice President – Environmental consultant, AECOM

David Blumenthal, Esq., Treasurer – Attorney

Karin Tuttle, Clerk – Psychologist (retired), Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Boston Public Schools

Wilfred Holton – Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology (retired), Northeastern University

Kathleen McCabe – Principal, McCabe Enterprises Planning Consultants

Jessica Mink – Astronomer and software developer, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

William D. Tuttle, III, AICP – Planner, Real Estate and Asset Development, Massport