Northey Street House’s Mission
Northey Street House’s mission is to be as eco-friendly and sustainable as we possibly can, to advocate for small business and give back to to our thriving community to further support local small businesses. As we educate and host guests from all over the country and the world, conversation around the breakfast table always touches on the solar panels visibly attached to our garage roof. We talk about how to be green and also save or make some green while being kind to the environment that is our home. While in Salem, we invite you to not only eat and shop locally with reusable bags provided by the B&B, but to enjoy discovering and supporting small businesses wherever you live or travel.
Our mission is to be the most sustainable bed and breakfast in Salem. We don’t just believe in sustainability. We live it with 28 solar panels and 15 more on the way, 5 rain barrels, 2 mini-splits, 3 Nest programmable/learning thermostats, curbside recycling and composting as well as our own worm condo composting. Through our green efforts, we have diverted tons of waste from the trash stream. The rewarding part is seeing the food scraps come back every Spring as “black gold”, aka nutrient rich dark compost that plants love.
We have an urban garden and another garden annex in Salem where we have a permaculture of rhubbarbs, raspberries and strawberries patches, blueberries and beach plum bushes, lemon sorrel, scallions, and other herbs. We have added fruit trees: persimmon, peach, and apricot. We plant and use garden vegetables for our breakfasts in the warmer seasons.
Supporting our Community
Another important mission is to give back to our community. These may come in the form of volunteering our time and skills, donating Salem Stay Packages, hosting artists, speakers, film makers, or hosting other functions throughout the year.
Flora is on the board of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, a member of Destination Salem, founded the Bridge Street Neck Neighborhood Association, was a member of City’s LORAX-tree committee, Imagine Salem, and Salem Recycles for 4 years.
Jeff is the chair of the City’s No Place for Hate committee, member of Sustainability Energy Resiliency Committee & CCL, Salem Rotary and ran for City Council. We believe in supporting local arts and have contributed to Salem Film Festival, Salem Arts Festival, and Salem Jazz and Soul Festival.
The Northey Street House has over the last decade donated time and resources to numerous events. Hundreds of overnight packages have been donated for auctions and fundraisers, including but not limited to:
- WGBH Boston/NPR
- Salem Chamber of Commerce
- Salem Rotary Club
- Salem Main Streets
- Salem Arts Festival
- Salem Film Festival
- Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
- North Shore/Salem YMCA
- LUK, Inc Youth & Families
- HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change)
- Salem Children’s Charity
- Plumber Youth Promise
- The Rainbow Times
- Educational foundations
- Bridge Street Neck Neighborhood Association
- Salem’s No Place for Hate Committee
- SalemRecycles Committee
- Salem’s LORAX Tree Committee
- The House of Seven Gables
- NorthShore Community Development Center
- Salem’s Punto Urban Art