The Water's Edge is a small family farm, stable, and contracting service dedicated to three values:
- LOCAL: Sourcing products and services as close to home as possible is the best way to support a vibrant community. It is important to know where and how the things we consume are produced. Whenever possible, we use local contractors, suppliers, and vendors with ties to our community. We depend upon the support of our neighbors. We sell our eggs at a small family-owned local store and focus our contracting work in Sudbury and surrounding towns. We support local causes like Protect Sudbury and the Hop Brook Protection Association that are important to the community.
- SUSTAINABLE: Employing the most ecologically progressive and holistic methods wherever practicable benefits our environment, health, well-being, and future. We apply no artificial chemicals, fertilizers, or insecticides to our products. We feed our animals only natural feed, food scraps, and whatever they can forage on the range. We use high-efficiency bulbs, insulation, and fixtures to reduce electricity, gas, and water consumption. We reuse, compost, or recycle all possible materials. We maintain a 13kW solar photovoltaic system and purchase any remaining electricity required from 100% US-based wind farms.
- FAMILY-OWNED: This land has been in our family for over 35 years. Originally part of a much larger agricultural parcel of Sudbury, it earned the name "Water's Edge Farm" due to its location on the banks of the Stearns Mill Pond. Although our family had always gardened and kept animals since arriving, it was Zachary Sulkowski, the youngest of the four sons of Adam and Elizabeth Sulkowski, that began the revitalization of the property into a functioning farm. It is in Zach's memory and in honor of his vision that we continue to restore and improve this land.