Welcome to our farm in Westport, MA where we tend a small flock of laying hens and a herd of Nigerian Dwarf goats (a miniature dairy breed). We milk our does daily from spring through early winter and drink the delicious raw milk and make yogurt, kefir, cheese, caramels, and soap.
We have 2 Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs to protect our herd from coyotes, fisher cats, and owls.
We also tend raised vegetable and fruit beds and make delicious jams, jellies, and pies with our rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and concord grapes.
In May of 2011 we bought the historic Oscar Palmer Farm on Adamsville Road, a former stagecoach stop on the New Bedford/Little Compton route.
The farm has been owned by only 2 families since the early 1700's, the Brownells and the Palmers. When its final owner died in 2001, the 300-year-old family farmstead was saved from development by the town of Westport, the Westport Land Conservation Trust, and the Trustees of Reservations. After holding the property for 3 years and placing historic, conservation, and agricultural restrictions on the property, the conservation groups initiated an rfp process to sell the property to owners who would agree to restore the buildings and bring the farm back into active agricultural use. Our proposal was chosen and we took ownership in May of 2011.
The 29-acre farm has a lovely center chimney Cape (built in 3 stages, beginning circa 1705), an English-style bank barn, a blacksmith shop, a corn crib, and 3 additional outbuildings. 15 acres are bounded by miles of classic New England dry stone walls and planted with hay fields and pasture. The remaining 14 acres are wooded, and the lovely Angeline brook runs through the property.
We are nearly finished with our meticulous restoration of the house, barn, and outbuildings. Once we move to the farm with our herd we hope to have a micro dairy up and running in 2016-7. Our farm store will sell milk, eggs, cheese, jams/jellies, baked goods, goat milk caramels, and goat milk soaps and lotions. It will also have an antiques corner and a rotating local artists gallery. We'll offer farm tours and classes, plus farm stays if zoning allows.
Please see the "Oscar Palmer Farm" tab for more history on the property, photos, and details about our restoration.
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