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Chestnut Hill Farm
Address: 5 Chestnut Hill Road Southborough, MA, 01772
Email Address: chestnuthillfarmcsa@thetrustees.org
About Us
At Chestnut Hill Farm, you can trek through 170 acres, past fields and pastures framed by stone walls, and enjoy grassland bird watching under the wide-open sky. One of the last working farms in the town of Southborough, Chestnut Hill Farm is a living tribute to the town’s rich agricultural past.

In 2006, townspeople in Southborough overwhelmingly voted to purchase a conservation restriction on the unprotected portions of Chestnut Hill Farm. It is thanks to Southborough's vision and the generosity of the Beals family that The Trustees is able to take over the care and protection of this community treasure today.

In 2015, The Trustees began a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Chestnut Hill Farm, and began grazing livestock in 2017. Today the farm runs its popular, certified-organic vegetable CSA from early summer through early winter, offers meat CSA shares year-round, and provides a wealth of programming and events with a focus on helping families connect with nature, animals, and the working farm. A seasonal farm stand is also open to the public throughout the year.

Within The Trustees farm team, Chestnut Hill Farm specializes in goat and sheep production among our livestock farms, and in sourcing and producing value-added products for our vegetable farms.

Our farm manager is Desiree Robertson-DuBois; she has been farming since 1997 and has led the farm operation at Chestnut Hill since its launch in 2015. The livestock operation is managed by Jesse Robertson-DuBois; he has been farming since 1998 and also manages our statewide livestock program. They live on the farm with their family.

Want to visit us? Get directions and information on visiting the farm here.
Practices
All our vegetable fields are certified organic!
Veg share members, you can follow our farm team and see what's coming up in your share right here at our Chestnut Hill CSA Blog.

We raise 100% grassfed lamb and chevon (goat) from our herd of goats and flock of sheep. Our kid goats and lambs are raised without supplemental grain. Our does and ewes receive small quantities of grain to support their health in late gestation, lactation and breeding. We only use antibiotics in the treatment of acute disease (no routine use), and we judiciously use medications for parasites as part of a holistic approach that emphasizes:
- supporting natural resistance to parasites in our livestock,
- preventing transmission and infection through management-intensive grazing practices;
- preventing parasites from developing resistance to medications.

With all medications, we routinely observe twice the required withdrawal period prior to slaughter to ensure clean, wholesome products.

Our soils are the foundation of our livestock program—we steward our pastures without synthetic fertilizers and focus on building soil health in both pastures and hayfields to capture carbon and enhance biological nutrient management. We use herbicides rarely and strategically to spot-treat invasive plant species in support of ecological goals.