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Appleton Farms
Address: 219 County Road Ipswich, MA, 01938
Email Address: appletonfarmscsa@thetrustees.org
About Us
Appleton Farms in Hamilton and Ipswich is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United States. Established in 1638 by a land grant to Samuel Appleton, it is the oldest working farm in Massachusetts, and at 1,000 acres, one of the largest. Perhaps more importantly, the farm preserves a bucolic, pastoral landscape, agricultural traditions, and historic farm buildings that are rapidly disappearing in the eastern part of the state. To connect people with the rich history of farming at Appleton, a vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program was established in 2002. The Appleton Farms beef and dairy enterprises were started soon after The Trustees acquired the farm in 1998, and expanded into cheesemaking in 2012.

Aaron Knight has been running the Appleton Farms dairy and beef enterprises since 2015 (with a hiatus of a few years) and he has been livestock farming since he was old enough to walk. Our vegetable farm has been led by Farm Manager Andrew Lawson since 2017; this is his fourth season at the helm.

Want to visit us? Get directions and information on visiting the farm here.
Practices
Our vegetables 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 Appleton CSA Blog.

Our livestock program is not certified organic; we raise 100% grassfed beef and milk.

We only use antibiotics in the treatment of acute disease (no routine use). 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.