Meet Your Farmer – Langwater Farm, Easton MA

langwaterLovely Langwater Farm, located in Easton Massachusetts, is one of our local farm partners who provide us with a wide variety of the farm fresh foods we enjoy throughout the year as members of Nourish to Flourish.

In the early 1900′s, Langwater Farm was famous for its Guernsey cows and Clydesdale horses. Later, the farm had been mowed for hay until the Ames family decided to seek out a farmer to begin a community farm for the town of Easton. Working with a non-profit organization, the Ames Realty Trust collected proposals from farmers and ultimately chose the O’Dwyer’s to farm the beautiful land at Langwater Farm. 2010 marked the first growing season at Langwater Farm which is named as a nod to the rich history of the land.

Langwater Farm is 80 acres total with half of the land wooded and the other half tilled for crops. Interestingly, part of the property was originally designed by landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted, the creator of Central Park. The picturesque farmland includes fields gently curving against woods, surrounded by stone walls, dirt roads snaking through the woods and fields, all bordered by Langwater Pond to the west.

Before starting Langwater Farm, Kevin O’Dwyer was the head grower at Wards Berry Farm, a 150 acre diversified fruit and vegetable farm in Sharon, MA. He started working summers there as field crew at age 14, and continued working there through high school and college before being hired on full time. He is most passionate about growing tomatoes and has enjoyed developing his carpentry skills and planning and creating the infrastructure as his farm grows. Kate O’Dwyer met Kevin at UMass, Amherst where they both attended college. They live in Easton and have two daughters, Madison and Rachel. Kate left her career in social work in 2012 to join Kevin on the farm full time.

Beginning in 2014, they announced that they will be expanding to produce delicious, Certified Organic vegetables on another historic piece of farmland here in Easton. In addition to the 30 acres at Langwater Farm, they will be leasing an additional 26 acres in a partnership with the Town of Easton at the Wheaton Farm on Bay Road. With this new piece of farmland, they will be able to expand production of local, organic veggies by close to 50% over the next few years. Langwater Farm grows a diverse mix of Certified Organic vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, berries and pumpkins using organic growing practices and methods.

We are so fortunate to Langwater Farm and the many local farms in our network because they are truly devoted to sustainable agriculture and preserving our stunning landscapes. Your support as a member ensures our farmers remain here, thrive and prosper. Many thanks to you, our Nourish to Flourish members, and our dedicated farmers. Together we make a difference.

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