History

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nixonhouseRecords show that Timothy Stearns bought a large tract of land here in 1723. The cellar hole from his house is where our sheds are now located. Stearns’ daughter married Col. Nixon and their son, Capt. Thomas Nixon, Jr. built the house, c. 1787, across the road, that still stands. The land remained in the Nixon family until Margaret Welch assumed ownership in the early 1900’s.

 

Penelope Turton, an English friendPenelope of Mrs. Welch, founded Stearns Organic Farm in 1954, and farmed it until 1990. The ten acres of farmland and an additional 70 acres that adjoin Callahan State Park were given to Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) in 1975 by Mrs. Welch.

In 1990, Penelope started a CSA as part of Stearns Farm in addition to the regular farmstand. There were ten shares that year. SharingTheBounty1SharingTheBounty2Amy Wales was the first farm manager for the new CSA and it was the first time Penelope had ever delegated that task to anyone. Clicking on the two images to the left will show larger, readable versions of a Boston Globe article about that time.

In 1994 “Stearns Organic Farm CSA” incorporated as a non-profit organization. Since then it has been governed by a sharer-elected Board of Directors.

 

Since the USDA Organic Standards went into effect October 2002, we no longer use the word “organic” to describe Stearns Farm produce. The certification process that would allows us to use the “organic” label is prohibitively expensive for us, but our farming practices remain organic, entirely natural, and sustainable. We use no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

To read Margaret Welch’s letter donating the land that Stearns Farm sits to the Sudbury Valley Trustees click here. MargaretWelchLetterDec19_1975

Stearns Farm CSA Farm Managers

1990 Amy Wales
1991 Amy Wales
1992 Tim Cook
1993 Tim Cook
1994 John Blanchard/Tom Fair
1995 Tom Fair
1996 Tim Cook
1997 Susan Perry
1998 Susan Perry
1999 Kathy Huckins
2000 Kathy Huckins
2001 Kathy Huckins
2002 Kathy Huckins
2003 Kathy Huckins
2004 Kathy Huckins
2005 Kathy Huckins
2006 Kathy Huckins
2007 Kathy Huckins
2008 Kathy Huckins
2009 Kathy Huckins
2010 Kathy Huckins
2011 Kathy Huckins
2012 Trish Stefanko
2013 Trish Stefanko
2014 Susan Peters
2015 Susan Peters
2016 Melanie Hardy