The orchard consists of over 500 mature fruit trees: 70% apple, 22% peach, 8% Asian pear. There are over 900 row-feet of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry plantings. There are 35 acres of tillable land available, 13 of which have been in active vegetable production for over 15 years through lease agreement with a local biodynamic vegetable farmer. Since we have owned the property, organic and/or biodynamic farming practices have been in place; no synthetic chemicals have been used on the farm. Since 2007, Small Ones Farm has participated in the Certified Naturally Grown program, which follows the USDA organic guidelines.
The farm is located on a well-traveled road, and the farm stand is open daily from June through November, through which most of our orchard and berry produce is sold. We also have a fruit CSA program.
An extensive underground irrigation system brings water to crops during drought conditions. The three installed high tunnels offer weather protection, which extends the growing season and increases crop yield. An orchard heating system helps reduce the effects of late frost on tree fruit. And, a wireless internet-based monitoring system provides early warning of problematic temperatures.
The Orchestra in the Orchard summer concert series (partnered with The Valley Winds) and apple picking in the fall bring many families to the farm. Local school groups and civic organizations regularly reach out to visit the farm. In past years, Small Ones Farm ran a licensed summer camp for young children. The farm regularly donates its produce to local organizations and has helped civic groups raise thousands of dollars through its “pie fundraiser” program.
The property includes many unique natural features. Over 50 species of birds have been observed on the property, including many species with declining populations due to loss of habitat. One bird researcher described the property as “one of the most diverse and productive farms” she has studied. There are 2 vernal pools on the property, and running through the property are Plum Brook, Plum Spring, the Ken Cuddeback (KC) Trail and the Small Ones Farm Trail.
The property includes historic structures. The barn dates back to 1850, and contains milking parlors - a vestige of the farm's early days as a dairy farm. The Greek revival farmhouse, also built around 1850, includes beautiful wide plank boards.
Many Five College faculty and graduate students have chosen the property for their research projects. And, the farm was also chosen by the UMass Extension as an organic test site for a new apple being introduced to the US market.
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Our website: www.smallonesfarm.com