The Water's Edge

The Water's Edge ​The Water's Edge is a small family farm, stable, and contracting service in Sudbury, Massachusetts. ​The Water's Edge is a small family farm, stable, and contracting service in Sudbury, MA.

Operating as usual

10/05/2021

We are again accepting volunteers of all ages and skill levels to help with farm chores and stable work. The commitment can start at as little as an hour a week with very flexible timing that can work around almost any schedule, and provides an excellent outdoor learning opportunity for anyone looking for more exposure to horses or farms and stables in general. After completing service, we are also able to serve as a reference for future volunteering, employment, or educational programs, and sometimes qualify for credit with certain youth and volunteer organizations. Please feel free to spread the word!

We've Gone Hollywood! As some of you may know, back in May we were selected as the location for a short introductory seg...
09/30/2021

We've Gone Hollywood! As some of you may know, back in May we were selected as the location for a short introductory segment during the premier of the new season of This Old House, which will air tonight, Thursday, September 30 at 8pm on PBS. For those of you unfamiliar with the program, it first aired over 40 years ago as the original home improvement show that follows remodeling projects of houses over a series of weekly episodes. This season's project house is just over the town line in Concord. If you watch closely, you should be able to spot our lower paddock and two of the horses stabled here - Trevor and Picasso - as well as one of their owners doing "stunt" work in place of the host during a riding sequence. Tune in tonight or catch up online later! #thisoldhouse #TOHconcordcape

A box turtle laying her eggs near our lower paddock.
06/08/2021

A box turtle laying her eggs near our lower paddock.

So that's what 3,000 bees look like...
06/02/2021

So that's what 3,000 bees look like...

Robins nesting on one of our foundation windows; their eggs hatched this week.
05/29/2021

Robins nesting on one of our foundation windows; their eggs hatched this week.

Wild turkey surveying our fence line.
05/27/2021

Wild turkey surveying our fence line.

Wild turkey surveying our fence line.

This is just a brief reminder that we are entering the peak laying season for our hens and after a long winter of short ...
04/27/2021

This is just a brief reminder that we are entering the peak laying season for our hens and after a long winter of short supply, farm fresh eggs are now fully in stock at Duck Soup. Please support our farm and this great local store by stopping in for a dozen today.

We also have a dozen week-old chicks (pictured above) in our brooder that are available for children and adults alike to visit along with the hens and horses. Please contact us in advance to ensure someone is here to provide access to the brooder.

This is just a brief reminder that we are entering the peak laying season for our hens and after a long winter of short supply, farm fresh eggs are now fully in stock at Duck Soup. Please support our farm and this great local store by stopping in for a dozen today.

We also have a dozen week-old chicks (pictured above) in our brooder that are available for children and adults alike to visit along with the hens and horses. Please contact us in advance to ensure someone is here to provide access to the brooder.

With Passover upon us and Easter coming up soon and the many associated recipes calling for eggs, we are fast approachin...
04/01/2021

With Passover upon us and Easter coming up soon and the many associated recipes calling for eggs, we are fast approaching a peak demand for our farm fresh eggs at @Duck Soup . We have just delivered extra quantities to keep them well supplied and they stock many other products needed for holiday cooking and baking needs. Of course, the eggs taste just as good even if you are not observing either holiday, so drop in to pick up a dozen today.

With Passover upon us and Easter coming up soon and the many associated recipes calling for eggs, we are fast approaching a peak demand for our farm fresh eggs at @Duck Soup . We have just delivered extra quantities to keep them well supplied and they stock many other products needed for holiday cooking and baking needs. Of course, the eggs taste just as good even if you are not observing either holiday, so drop in to pick up a dozen today.

If you live in Sudbury and are considering a spring delivery of our compost, please reach out to us in the next couple w...
03/13/2021

If you live in Sudbury and are considering a spring delivery of our compost, please reach out to us in the next couple weeks. We will be fulfilling several orders during the week of March 29 (weather permitting) and there are savings to "stacking" these deliveries since the cost of preparing and cleaning the equipment involved can be spread across multiple invoices. As a reminder, our compost is free to pick up and the labor for delivery is invoiced at our standard contracting rate of $40 per hour (each delivery typically takes an hour or so and averages at about a yard of compost). Our compost is unscreened and comprised mostly of horse manure that has been allowed to decompose with other organic matter, and we never use any artificial chemicals, fertilizers, or insecticides on the property, rendering a rich, natural fertilizer perfect for gardens, plantings, yards, etc. that is best when turned over at approximately a 50/50 ratio with existing or delivered topsoil. We can drop it at any location that can be accessed by truck or tractor with a 5-foot wide berth. If interested, please contact us directly via Facebook Messenger, our website (www.thewatersedge.org/contact), email ([email protected]), or phone (617-877-5908).

If you live in Sudbury and are considering a spring delivery of our compost, please reach out to us in the next couple weeks. We will be fulfilling several orders during the week of March 29 (weather permitting) and there are savings to "stacking" these deliveries since the cost of preparing and cleaning the equipment involved can be spread across multiple invoices. As a reminder, our compost is free to pick up and the labor for delivery is invoiced at our standard contracting rate of $40 per hour (each delivery typically takes an hour or so and averages at about a yard of compost). Our compost is unscreened and comprised mostly of horse manure that has been allowed to decompose with other organic matter, and we never use any artificial chemicals, fertilizers, or insecticides on the property, rendering a rich, natural fertilizer perfect for gardens, plantings, yards, etc. that is best when turned over at approximately a 50/50 ratio with existing or delivered topsoil. We can drop it at any location that can be accessed by truck or tractor with a 5-foot wide berth. If interested, please contact us directly via Facebook Messenger, our website (www.thewatersedge.org/contact), email ([email protected]), or phone (617-877-5908).

Thanks so much to Patrick Rogers Photography (www.patrickrogersphotography.com) for the beautiful shots of the farm!
10/26/2020

Thanks so much to Patrick Rogers Photography (www.patrickrogersphotography.com) for the beautiful shots of the farm!

Fall, day and night
10/25/2020

Fall, day and night

Damage courtesy of Isaias.
08/04/2020

Damage courtesy of Isaias.

New 50' x 100' riding arena finally complete!
07/03/2020

New 50' x 100' riding arena finally complete!

Baby snappers starting to emerge!
07/01/2020

Baby snappers starting to emerge!

Three owlets keeping an eye on the trails.
06/20/2020

Three owlets keeping an eye on the trails.

Just a reminder to be careful on the roads - this snapper was crossing right in front of our driveway. They often traver...
06/06/2020

Just a reminder to be careful on the roads - this snapper was crossing right in front of our driveway. They often traverse roads between wetlands or bodies of water, or sandy areas where they lay their eggs.

06/01/2020

This is a very brief update for those of you that purchase the eggs we deliver weekly to Duck Soup in the Mill Village in Sudbury. While we are entering the annual peak period of laying with the longer days and warmer weather, we unfortunately lost some hens to especially pernicious predators this spring. While we will continue to deliver weekly, the supply will be more limited than usual until the chicks presently in our brooder begin laying this fall. We have also put in place added security features, including a light-activated sunrise-sunset aluminum security door to the inner coop, that have prevented further losses. We only ask for everyone's understanding and patience with the limited supplies until the flock recovers full strength. Thank you all for your support and concern!

Tractor Upgrade! #NothingRunsLikeADeere
05/21/2020

Tractor Upgrade! #NothingRunsLikeADeere

Don't see anything? Look closer. That's two newly hatched robins nested in ivy growing around our foundation window.
05/20/2020

Don't see anything? Look closer. That's two newly hatched robins nested in ivy growing around our foundation window.

New chicks in their new home. Thanks Erikson Grain Mill.
05/08/2020

New chicks in their new home. Thanks Erikson Grain Mill.

The swans have hatched!We have almost always had a pair of swans on Stearns Mill Pond, which lies directly behind our fa...
05/04/2020

The swans have hatched!

We have almost always had a pair of swans on Stearns Mill Pond, which lies directly behind our farm and gives it its name. Swans typically mate for life and can live up to 30 years, so we assume this has been the same pair for some time. On Saturday, April 25th, we took our inaugural spring canoe trip and found they had built a large five-foot wide nest where the upper end of the pond meets Hop Brook Marsh/Memorial Forest. The pen (female) of the pair, pictured below, sat on the eggs while the cob (male) foraged down the pond. On Thursday, April 30th, we saw what appeared to be the clutch's first swim from the nest - a total of five swanlings (cygnets) with one egg we later discovered unhatched in the nest. This past Saturday, May 2nd, we caught up with them returning to their nest around sunset. The cygnets are still very small and hard to make out, but are riding on the pen's back in the second photo with the cob handling patrol duty from the back. They can be made out better in the videos that will be posted in the comments (if you are viewing this through a share or group, you may need to view the original post to see the videos: https://www.facebook.com/thewatersedgesudbury/posts/2685984354966326).

Sunny Saturday = Dust Baths
04/26/2020

Sunny Saturday = Dust Baths

04/16/2020

In response to a number of inquiries, we wanted to provide an update in relation to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We know everyone has been inundated with guidance, advice, and updates, so we will try to keep this specific to our farm, stable, and contracting service.

We have been classified as an essential service according to the emergency order issued by the governor's office, and so continue to try to provide as many of our services as possible within the guidelines prescribed by public health authorities.

We continue to deliver our eggs weekly to Duck Soup in the Mill Village in Sudbury. They are presently limiting their sales to curbside pickup only and you can find details on their website or by calling (978) 443-DUCK (3825) or emailing [email protected].

Our compost is still available for pickup and delivery at our standard contracting rate. However, our compost pile is now located inside our fenceline, so anyone looking to pick up on their own should contact us first. Social distancing is observed in either scenario.

Our stable remains open and is presently at full capacity, but our contracting services are limited at this time.

Please reach out to us with any questions and follow the guidance of public health authorities so that we can all stay as safe as possible during this difficult time.

Damage from yesterday's storm. Some very strong wind gusts in there - could have been much worse!
04/14/2020

Damage from yesterday's storm. Some very strong wind gusts in there - could have been much worse!

The Sunbathers
04/07/2020

The Sunbathers

Drying off in the sun after a wet night.
01/16/2020

Drying off in the sun after a wet night.

Some snapshots after last week's and last night's snow.
12/11/2019

Some snapshots after last week's and last night's snow.

10/08/2019

After today's delivery to Duck Soup, egg deliveries will be suspended for two weeks. Our next delivery will be on Monday, October 21st.

First snapper of the season! Our sandy lower paddock is a popular spot in the turtle community.
06/10/2019

First snapper of the season! Our sandy lower paddock is a popular spot in the turtle community.

New chicks from Erikson Grain Mill in the brooder! These Jersey Giants are an especially calm, larger breed that will in...
05/23/2019

New chicks from Erikson Grain Mill in the brooder! These Jersey Giants are an especially calm, larger breed that will integrate more easily with our main flock in a few months.

With Passover and Easter this coming weekend and the many associated recipes calling for eggs, we are fast approaching a...
04/17/2019

With Passover and Easter this coming weekend and the many associated recipes calling for eggs, we are fast approaching a peak demand for our farm fresh eggs at Duck Soup. We will be planning extra deliveries to keep them well supplied and they stock many other products needed for holiday cooking and baking needs. Of course, the eggs taste just as good even if you are not observing either holiday, so drop in to pick up a dozen today.

Happy equinox and first day of spring! The trails in the nearby conservation land are finally drying out - good hiking, ...
03/20/2019

Happy equinox and first day of spring! The trails in the nearby conservation land are finally drying out - good hiking, jogging, and riding are right around the corner.

Just a quick reminder: for the month of February, we will be donating 10% of all sales from our eggs at Duck Soup to Pro...
02/08/2019

Just a quick reminder: for the month of February, we will be donating 10% of all sales from our eggs at Duck Soup to Protect Sudbury (www.protectsudbury.org).

For our regular customers, now you can know your purchases not only support a small local family farm and retailer, but also a great organization working hard to preserve the character of Sudbury and its natural assets.

We also hope this will introduce many new local residents to our eggs and the other great products at Duck Soup.

Please spread the word and thank you!

We have openings in our horse boarding and leasing programs. If you or someone you know is looking for a relaxed, quiet ...
12/02/2018
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We have openings in our horse boarding and leasing programs. If you or someone you know is looking for a relaxed, quiet place to board or ride, please visit our website or contact us to arrange a tour.

BOARDING $300 per month 24/7 common pasture turnout with 8' x 12' private stalls Full board with feeding and mucking twice per day included

Address

73 Moore Rd
Sudbury, MA
01776

Telephone

(617) 877-5908

Website

thewatersedge.org

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