Winter Hours! Open Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
At Douglas Orchard & Farm, our mission is to supply the community access to the freshest, naturally grown produce and local products. Our main focus is on sustainability, permaculture, diversity, renewable energy and recycling. Our standard practice is not to use synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics or hormones. Remember, BUY LOCAL!
In the winter of 2016, the Socrat family purchased the old Douglas Orchard and renamed it Douglas Orchard & Farm. The land was originally settled by the Nipmuc Indians and farmed since the 1700's with grazing cattle and alfalfa. In 1964, Robert Werme Sr. bought the property and later planted the apple trees and blueberry bushes. Unfortunately, by 2015 the orchard had been neglected for over five years and was looking at being developed for housing. Now the Socrat family has brought this beautiful orchard and farm back to life.
What does sustainable farming mean to you? To Nick Socrat, graduate from UMass Amherst, Stockbridge School of Agriculture,it means good healthy food. He believes in natural methods of farming. That means hand dug gardens, no weeding to keep the soil full of nutrients, companion planting, reusing and recycling. The pigs, chickens, ducks and bees help him work the land, soil and plants to bring you healthy fresh produce.
A Work in Progress
Think Renovate, Restore and Expand!
We have the perfect man for the job! Aaron Socrat, architect and builder, is in his glory developing Douglas Orchard & Farm into a spectacular place. For 2018 we have added a water reclamation project that will supply fresh water to the duck ponds.
We are currently in the process of building a green house, adding two bathrooms and installing a commercial kitchen. The high tunnel will be going up this fall.
The Country Store
Owning and running a country store has been a dream for this registered nurse. Her interest in farming and craft making is a perfect blend to supply the country store with local products along with some of her own creations. A sample of what will be sold at the store are fairy terrariums and gardens, beeswax products, homemade soap, farm logo t-shirts and of course the blueberries, eggs, meats, produce and our own honey.
The second floor of the store is available for meetings, parties and meetings.
OUR NEW PAVILION IN THE ORCHARD! NOW AVAILABLE TO RENT FOR PARTIES, WEDDINGS, YOGA CLASSES, THEATER PERFORMANCES AND BANDS!
Watch our event page for upcoming concerts and events.
Pictured are the containers ,collecting rain water which will fill the series of ponds and swells in the chicken and duck areas. Our ducks will be happy to have somewhere to swim other than kiddie pools.
We also put solar panels on one of the farm buildings.
Where ever possible reclaimed wood has been used for animal enclosures. Wood pallets are put together for the pig's pen. The turkey coop is made from garage door panels.
Recycled Items the farm will gladly accept
-trash cans with covers, storage bins with covers, traffic cones
-tarps, straps and bungee cords
-feed bags, not paper
-baskets and gift baskets
-tea cups and saucers
-construction and farm tool: ie power tools, hand tools, rakes, shovels any garden tools etc
-flower pots, planters and containers, flower vases
-towels and blankets
-aluminum pans and stainless steel pans and bowls
-ropes, twine, baling wire, rolls of wire mesh/fencing and posts
-livestock water and feed containers
-bags of potions soil, lime (no fertilizer or pesticides)
-pet carriers and crates, bags of animal bedding
-ladders, and wood/metal planks
-plywood (min. 4’x4’)
-regular and pressure treated lumber (min. 4’ lengths)
-paint brushes, fans
-boxes of nails and screws, hinges, lag bolts
We at Douglas Orchard & Farm appreciate your donations of the above items very much.
It adds to the sustainability efforts of the farm. Please deliver items that are usable and in good condition.
If you have any questions about items to donate please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please deliver items only when the farm is open at 36 Locust St. Douglas, Ma, 01516
Thanks to Douglas Cable for this great video taken during our first public live music concert