Soil First. When we nourish the soil, we nourish our community.
Sweetwater Farm is committed to producing high-quality food for our community using sustainable and organic growing practices. Through our educational programming, on-farm events, and CSA program, we strive to create opportunities for people to experience food in new ways. Our family works to preserve and perpetuate the rich agricultural heritage of this farm by introducing innovative growing techniques that improve the health of our soils and encourage ecological diversity.
LAND’S LONG HISTORY
Our property on Maple Lane has been supplying food to the East Quabbin community for over 230 years. First farmed in 1749 by Sylvanus Howe, this farm supplied wheat and beef to soldiers during the Revolutionary War. From 1912 to 1978, the Coolidge Family ran a productive cow dairy, selling large quantities of butter, milk, and cream.
For over thirty years, the farm has been owned by the Davis Family as Sweetwater Farm – named for the sweet spring water found on the property. Starting in 2019, the Cherry Family is leasing from the Davis’s, growing vegetables and tending the goats, chickens and orchard.
Our vegetables and fruit are grown using organic, holistic, seed-saving and low-till to no-till methods. By saving seed for the majority of the vegetables, flowers, and herbs, the seeds become more vigorous and equipped to fend off pests and diseases. We are in the process of certifying the land under Baystate Organic Certifiers. We use absolutely no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides in our garden. We improve soil fertility with compost and natural soil amendments, control weeds through mechanical cultivation, and combat pests with organic approved methods.