The Allen Farm, one of Martha’s Vineyard’s oldest historic farms, is located on South Road in Chilmark, Massachusetts and is a successful model of a diversified family farm. Jonathan Allen originally purchased the farm in 1762, and his oldest son, Tristram built the still standing timber-framed farmhouse. The farm is about 100 acres of pastureland with only the South shoreƕs barrier beach and Chilmark Pond separating it from the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Mitchell, Clarissa, and their son Nathaniel have permanently preserved the land on the ocean side to ensure that this particularly beautiful view will always be a meadow by the sea. With a respect for its history, this family remains deeply committed to preserving and sustaining their farm.

April showers bring lots of lambs

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The spring is always the busiest time on the farm. As the weather warms and the days lengthen, new tasks sprout and grow alongside the grasses. We prepare for lambing in March, making sure the pregnant ewes are well nourished and healthy, with warm, dry places available to birth their lambs. We build jugs in […]

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Happy New Year!

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As we enter 2015, we want to share our gratitude for the land. We are so fortunate to graze our sheep on the rich, sea salt sprayed grass during the warmer months, and the sweet smelling silage – grown, cut, baled, and wrapped here – during these winter months. Over the past several years, Mitchell […]

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