Come Grow With Me – Read about how hope is beginning to sprout for farmers and the communities they feed.
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The Trustees owns and manages seven vibrant, working farms in Massachusetts: Appleton Farms, Chestnut Hill Farm, The FARM Institute, Moose Hill Farm, Moraine Farm, Powisset Farm, and Weir River Farm. We also lease farmland to farmers and non-profits throughout the state. Each of our farms has its own particular fresh flavor, and its own unique attributes, including iconic red New England barn buildings, miles of rolling grassland and trails, grazing livestock, and plucky wandering chickens.
While farmland in the nation is rapidly disappearing, we consider preserving this piece of our collective history a crucial part of our mission. To encourage more folks to eat locally, we have grown thriving vegetable and meat Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and offer a mix of fresh farm products at our farm stores and farm stands. Many of our farms are open to the public and offer fun, family-friendly activities and events.
The Trustees operates five community farms throughout the state. These farms include a vibrant mix of production and educational activities and welcome visitors year-round.
Appleton Farms, Ipswich & Hamilton
America’s oldest working farm! Features a vegetable farm, dairy and creamery where we produce our own milk and cheese, grass-fed beef herd, barnyard animals, educational kitchen, and year-round Dairy & Farm Store. Educational programs include a summer camp, cooking classes, seasonal events, farm tours, youth and group programs, and farm dinners. Visit the links below for more information on the following:
Powisset Farm, Dover
Just 15 miles from downtown Boston, this land has been farmed for hundreds of years. Features a vegetable farm, seasonal grass-fed beef herd, chickens and pigs, educational kitchen, and seasonal farm store. Educational programs include cooking classes, seasonal events, and youth and group programs. Visit the links below for more information on the following:
Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough
A new Trustees farm as of 2015, this is Southborough’s only remaining working farm. Features a vegetable farm, seasonal grass-fed beef herd, goats, chickens, and a seasonal farm store. Planning is underway to build indoor space for educational programming. Visit the links below for more information on the following:
Weir River Farm, Hingham
The last working farm in Hingham, this farm is known for its family-friendly barnyard and livestock. Features a grass-fed beef herd and educational barnyard with a variety of animals. Educational programs include a summer camp, children’s barnyard programs, youth and group programs, and seasonal events. Visit the links below for more information on the following:
The FARM Institute, Edgartown
A new addition to the Trustees portfolio of properties, The FARM Institute is part of the historic Katama Farm on Martha’s Vineyard. Features a diverse livestock operation, educational garden, popular summer camp, and a variety of educational programs throughout the year for adults and children. Visit the links below for more information on the following:
These properties are operated by a mix of Trustees staff and private and non-profit farmers that lease land from The Trustees. Check the pages below for details on how to visit and enjoy these properties. While the farm portions of the properties may not always be open to the public, many of these properties feature hiking trails and beautiful farm views.
|Moose Hill Farm
Sharon – Follow a trail from the farmstead through restored woodlands to hillside hayfields and pastures, where you’ll enjoy views of Great Blue Hill and the Boston skyline. Moose Hill Farm is home base for the Trustees livestock program and features a seasonal herd of grass-fed beef, pigs, and chickens. Meat CSA shares can be picked-up here.
Dartmouth – Roam from pasture and planted fields through a small woodland before emerging at the edge of a serene salt marsh near the head of the tidal Little River.
|The Bradley Estate
Canton – The Bradley Estate has a small working farm with three miles of cart paths through the woods and beautiful gardens.
|Land of Providence
Holyoke – Through the generosity of a religious order long committed to Holyoke, everyone can now experience a unique floodplain forest and a riverside working farm with strong ties to urban residents.
Beverly – This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed property is home to rich, fertile farmland, a ropes-based adventure course, and a school. The farm portion of the property is not currently open to the public.