Powisset Farm
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Powisset Farm Dover, MA
109 acres

About Powisset Farm

Revived as the site of a Community Supported Agriculture program, this farm features a trail that explores woodlands, fields, and wetlands.

What makes Powisset Farm a special place?
We think it’s the restored farming operation, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, on a landscape with a history of pastures and planted fields dating back three centuries. Take a leisurely walk through the farmstead – complete with chickens and pigs – then follow an easy, one-mile loop trail past woodlands and wetlands through the far reaches of the 108.5-acre property.

You are always welcome to stroll down the farm lane, say hello to the pigs, and admire the rows of vegetables and herbs. Beyond the cultivated land, Powisset Farm features an upland oak forest, a pair of brooks, vernal pools, and wooded wetlands. You’ll enjoy broad views across furrowed croplands and thick hayfields; the latter attracting white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and grassland-nesting bobolinks.

Mowed trails through the hay fields link to adjacent Hale Reservation, and Noanet Woodlands lie across the street.

Trails
An easy loop trail, less than a mile long extends beyond the farmstead past woodlands and wetlands before returning to the barnyard. A trail spur leads into adjacent 1,200-acre Hale Reservation.

When to Visit
Trails: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.
Drop-in Volunteer Days (from May to October): Fridays 2–3PM, Saturdays 8AM–12Noon. More information can be found here.

Please Note
We maintain an electric deer fence around all of our cultivated fields. Please assume that the fence is on at all times.

Regulations & Advisories

  • In cooperation with the Town of Dover, authorized bow hunting, only with written permission, is allowed on this reservation for a limited number of hunters, according to MasssWildlife regulations from mid October through December each year, from ½ hour before sunrise all day until ½ hour after sunset Monday through Saturday. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Signage is posted at the property listing safety precautions, requirements, and rules for the benefit of all visitors. Learn more about hunting on Trustees reservations >>

  • Please respect restricted-access areas, and do not open gates, touch or feed livestock, or interrupt farm operations.

  • Dogs are not allowed. If you would like to walk your dog before or after your farm visit, you may take your pet to The Trustees' Noanet Woodlands, located across the street from Powisset Farm.

  • For your safety, please observe all posted signs. Please note that we maintain an electric deer fence around all of our cultivated fields. Please assume that the fence is on at all times.

Directions

39 Powisset Street
Dover, MA 02030
Telephone: 508.785.0339
E-mail: charlesrivervalley@ttor.org

Latitude: 42.225
Longitude: -71.260

Get directions of Google Maps.

From I-95/Rt. 128: take Exit 16B (109 West). Follow for less than 1 mile and take a right on Dover Rd. Follow for 2.5 miles. Take left into farm immediately after big gray barn. Farm office is on ground floor, underneath barn.

From Medfield Center: Take Rt. 109 east, take left onto Hartford St. Follow for 1.5 mi. and take left onto Walpole St. Follow for 0.75 mi. and take right onto Powisset St. After 0.25 mi., take right immediately before big gray barn. Farm office is on ground floor, underneath barn.

 

Please park immediately on your left along the side of the barn. If all spaces are taken, please park along the right side of the driveway on the grass. Please exit the farm to the left, passing the pond and up the small hill out to Powisset Street.

Admission

When to Visit
Trails: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.
Drop-in Volunteer Days (from May to October): Fridays 2–3PM, Saturdays 8AM–12Noon. More information can be found here.

Drop-in Volunteer Hours
Saturdays from May – October | 8AM–12Noon
Fridays from June – September | 2–3PM

CSA distribution and Farm Stand hours
Tuesdays | 1:30–6:30PM
Thursdays| 10AM–6:30PM
Saturdays | 10AM–5PM

Admission
FREE to all

Property History

The roots of this re-energized farmscape run deep. Native Americans living in what is now eastern Massachusetts had been clearing land with fire and raising crops long before Columbus crossed the Atlantic. Colonists who settled in Dedham claimed this area in the 1600s and this land was farmed steadily through the 1700s and 1800s. Timber and charcoal industries were also part of its history.

In 1923, Miss Amelia Peabody of Boston purchased a house just north of the farm. Over the next 60 years, until her death in 1984, she would add 30 additional lots (including this parcel and what is now Noanet Woodlands) to her land holdings, totaling almost 800 acres. Miss Peabody enjoyed a privileged life shared by many of her Brahmin background, giving parties and riding to the hounds. But she also opened her vast estate to local people, who walked the trails and carriage paths, admired the farm’s champion livestock, and enjoyed the simple, restorative effects of being in nature. Miss Amelia’s commitment to public access to open space is continued today by The Trustees.

Property Acquisition History
Originally 188-acres were purchased from the Executors of the Amelia Peabody Estate in 1985. 33 acres sold to the town of Dover as permanent conservation land and another 33 acres that were not essential to the farm operation were sold as a limited development. The remaining agricultural land was protected with an Agricultural Preservation Restriction to the Commonwealth and the Town. In 1989 the farmland was transferred to The Trustees and opened as a reservation in June 2008.

Programs

Veggie CSA
Powisset farm is now a 355 person Summer CSA and 200 person Winter CSA program that was started in 2007. We currently farm about 12 acres of land in Dover, MA. We provide produce for our CSA shareholders, on-site Farm Stand and five food donation partners.

Milk Shares
Buy a Milk Share at Powisset Farm and get 20 weeks of delicious fresh milk. Learn More >>

Powisset Cooks!
A year-round program designed for people who love food. Whether you’re a beginning cook or a practiced chef, we’re offering classes, workshops, and farm-to-table dinners featuring seasonal food fresh from the farm. Learn more >>

Community Supported Agriculture

Powisset Farm is now a 355 person Summer CSA and 200 person Winter CSA program that was started in 2007. We currently farm about 12 acres of land in Dover, MA. We provide produce for our CSA shareholders, on-site Farm Stand and five food donation partners.

Learn more about the CSA program at Powisset Farm >>

Milk Shares
Buy a Milk Share at Powisset Farm and get 20 weeks of delicious fresh milk. Learn More >>

Conservation and Stewardship

Management Planning for Our Properties
 


 

  • Describing in detail the site’s natural, scenic, and historical resources; identifying management issues related to the protection of those resources. 

  • Describing how visitors use the property; outlining the opportunities that the property provides for people to become involved in the work of conservation and caring for their community.

  • Developing a detailed list of management recommendations, a work plan, and a description of financial needs for implementing the actions.

  • Developing a prescribed routine management program for the reservation that will guide staff work plans, volunteer involvement, and the allocation of human and financial resources.


View Powisset Farm management plan (Part 1).
View Powisset Farm management plan (Part 2).

 


 

  Bee-autiful, Greener Pastures
Creating A Pollinator Habitat at Powisset Farm

The Trustees, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), have carved out two acres at Dover’s Powisset Farm to serve as a “Bee Pasture.” Learn More>>

Maps and Resources

Printed trail maps are available for free from the bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies sometimes run out. Download a trail map before your visit. 



Planning Your Visit

Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.

Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:

  • Protect wildlife and plants.
  • Guard against all risk of fire.
  • Help keep air and water clean.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
  • Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
  • Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
  • Enjoy and share the landscape with others.

Click on links below for further visitor information:

Before Setting Out

Enjoying Trustees Reservations

Safety

About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land

Tell Us What You Think

We’d love to hear about your visit! Here are three easy ways to let us know what you think:

  1. Take our visitor survey. If you have a question for us, you can ask us in the survey and we’ll get back to you.

  2. Post a comment about your visit on our Facebook page.

  3. Share your experiences with other visitors on our website. Simply fill out the form below, and we’ll post your comment right here on this page.


Submitted by max on: May 31, 2012
I used to work on this farm back in the mid 70's. I'm glad to see that it is still being used for some type of agrulculture. They raised some nice fine Horn and Polled Hereford beef cattle and Yorkshire hogs. Alot of good memories. I livede in the apartment that is a ttached to barn on front side(road side).



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Announcements & Alerts

Powisset Cooks!
We’re offering classes, workshops, and farm-to-table dinners.
Learn More >>

Milk Shares
Buy a Milk Share at Powisset Farm and get 20 weeks of delicious fresh milk.
Learn More >>

CSA Shares
Learn more about Powisset Farm's CSA program.

Advisory: Authorized bow hunting is allowed on portions of this reservation. See Regulations and Advisories at left for more information.

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