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Explore scenic woodlands and rolling fields at this working farm, which was saved from development in the 1960s through the dedication of a local family.
At Chestnut Hill Farm, you can trek through 170 acres, past fields and pastures framed by stone walls, and enjoy grassland bird watching under the wide-open sky. Designated bird reserves allow for safe nesting habitat for Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, and other ground nesting species. Loop trails take you through upland forests and along the edges of freshwater wetlands. Or, follow the gentle cart-path from the parking area through fields of hay, alfalfa, and vegetables into woods dominated by oak, red maple, and white pine, to the covered embankment of the Hultman Aqueduct, which provides a backup route for Boston’s water supply from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs. One of the last working farms in the town of Southborough, Chestnut Hill Farm is a living tribute to the town’s rich agricultural past.
In 2006, townspeople in Southborough overwhelmingly voted to purchase a conservation restriction on the unprotected portions of Chestnut Hill Farm. It is thanks to this vision and to the generosity of the Beals family that The Trustees is able to take over the care and protection of this community treasure today.
In 2015, The Trustees began a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Chestnut Hill Farm. Today the farm runs its popular, certified-organic CSA from early summer through early winter, and provides a wealth of programming and events with a focus on helping families connect with nature, animals, and the working farm. A rustic seasonal farm stand is also open to the public throughout the year.
Two miles of trails. Easy walking. Please remember that this is a working farm landscape. Please stay on marked trails and away from any equipment or livestock that you may see. Fences should be presumed to be electrified. Dog walking, horseback riding, motorized vehicles and mountain biking are not permitted on the property.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.
The Chestnut Hill farm stand is open to the public year round, with limited hours in the wintertime. In addition to fresh organic CHF and Trustees produce (even in the winter), the farm offers its own pickles, tomato puree, and pesto; Trustees meats, eggs, and cheeses; and a variety of locally-made dressings, honey, maple syrup, pasta, condiments, and treats.
Winter 2020: Open twice a month, 10AM-2PM — 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25
May: Open on Saturdays, 10AM-2PM
June-October: Open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 2-6PM, and Saturday 9AM-2PM