North Country Sustainability Center
welcomes you to the Hearth Project

Upcoming Events
Dec. 12 - Stories by the Hearth
Fitchburg Sportsman's Club
Ashburnham 7:00 p.m.

About Us

Why Hearth? To convey a sense of warmth, food, and community



Contact Us


Sustainability means "Whatever it takes to keep living here."
PO Box 914, Ashburnham, MA 01430


North Country Sustainability Center started from a conversation with the Ashburnham Agricultural Commission. The need for an available commercial community kitchen combined with other hopes that people had for their community and the idea gelled to form NCSC, Inc.

Chartered in 2010, the initial group grew to a Board of Directors and expanded to a regional concept. Board members had long worried that people were losing traditional skills, and with the economic changes coming, they realized that such skills provided
stability in a unstable time. So NCSC went from an agricultural dream, to a diversified approach to rebuilding and celebrating our region by helping other people do the same thing in their homes and towns.

NCSC, Inc. received its 501 (c) (3) status in July, 2011, retroactive to November 2010.

Here's our song - take a listen!

President - Patricia Garland Stewart
(Farming at Hames & Axle Farm, since 1996, Environmental/Agricultural Educator since 1977. B.S.
from Michigan State University (1982) in Parks and Recreation Resources.
Internship in Environmental Institute Management (1984) from Delaware Nature Society. )
Ashburnham, MA

Vice President - David W. Stewart
(Farm hand at Hames & Axle Farm since 1996, Systems Analyst III and other roles
for Commonwealth of Massachusetts, (EOEEA, DCR, DEM) since 1985
Ashburnham, MA

Membership Secretary/Treasurer- Ann Bryant
Retired seamstress with 50+ years experiences
Ashburnham, MA

Directors at Large: ML Altobelli
Farmer at Woody End Farm, Owner/Operator of Greenery In Motion
Westminster, MA

Director at Large: Audrey LaBrie
Farmer at Hydeaway Farms,
Winchendon, MA



Support Us

Food Club "I'm a Revivor"
Grain Club Fabric of Community
Revivor Puzzle
Farmers Market


NCSC Main Crowdrise
HumAnimal Wing  
Kitchen Users

Calendar of Events

Food Hub  


Green Folks YouTube


"Living Here" TV Show

Business Plan

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