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The Center will be located in the Old House, an historic farmhouse in the heart of The Trustees’ historic Appleton Farms. Visitors to Appleton Farms will find the Center a welcoming first stop as you begin your explorations of America’s oldest continuously operating farm. With the help of our staff and volunteer guides, here you’ll discover the history of this special place, and learn more about the value of local farms and local food to our health and economy, through hands-on exhibits and photographs.
For those looking to dive more deeply into the farm’s extensive history, and learn more about how to manage farmland responsibly today, our research library will be a place for discovery and inspiration. Browse the family’s collection of agricultural and equine books, paintings, and prints; and dive into the world’s largest electronic, searchable database to find resources for how to manage land and much more. Whether you own land yourself, are part of a land trust, or just curious to learn more, the research library will be a terrific source of information.
The Center will be the base for a number of programs. It will provide meeting space for volunteers of all ages. In addition, it will provide training space for our farm apprentice program, which seeks to create the next generation of farmers schooled in sustainable growing practices in Massachusetts and beyond. It will also be the home base for our education programs, which are aimed at giving children, youth, adults, and families hands-on experience in farming – which in turn can foster a lifelong love for the environment. And, for those looking to go beyond sustainable agriculture to making their entire farming operation carbon-neutral, the Center will be a key resource. Not only will it be a real-world demonstration of sustainable, commercial farming practices, but it will provide outreach and even consultation services, so others can learn how to reduce their impact on the environment.