Holly Hill Farm is an organic farm located 25 miles southeast of Boston in the beautiful coastal town of Cohasset MA .
The Farm consists of 140 acres of land which includes 10 acres of open fields of which 3 acres are growing fields, as well as historic buildings, greenhouses and diversified natural areas for educational purposes.
We grow organic vegetables, herbs and flowers that are sold at our Farm Stand, and at the Cohasset Farmers Market. We also sell to select restaurants. Seedlings are sold at our annual plant sales.
This land has been farmed since the early 17th century when its salt marsh was a source of grazing and hay for our earliest settlers. Two post and beam barns dating back to 1785 and a classic pole beam barn built in the Civil War era stand as reminders of the past.
In the 18th & first part of the 19th century it was a typical homestead. When farming declined in the East in the 1840’s, the property became a summer residence for Bostonians; farming was limited to orchards, garden plots, hay fields and pasture for a small herd of dairy cows. In the 1930’s & 40’s it became the base for a substantial ‘truck’ farm of 100 acres most of which were off-site. After World War II the land was home to a saw mill operation.
The Farm has been in the White family for 7 generations.
Richardson ‘Dick’ White and his wife Neely wanted to make sure this loved farmland would be protected from future development, so in 1980 they set up a conservation trust with the Trustees of Reservations, which is now in place on 120 acres of the property.
In 1998 Frank and Jean White moved back to Cohasset and restarted the Farm as a commercial venture. Their plan was to raise certified organic crops and begin an educational program for children and adults. The Farm was certified organic in 2000.
Jean remains involved in the day-to-day operation, however, the Farm is now managed by the Friends of Holly Hill Farm, a non-profit organization established in 2002.
The mission of the Friends of Holly Hill Farm is to enhance and use the resources of Holly Hill Farm – its organic farm operation, historic farm buildings, and diversified natural areas – for educational purposes.
Today the Farm hosts school field trips, summer camp, a thriving teen community service program, participation in over 40 school farm gardens, workshops, events, and grows certified organic produce, herbs, and flowers.
On many Saturdays, Jean’s nephew Malcom can be found at the old Ox Barn harvesting and gathering wood from the forest, creating beauty and functionality with his rustic furniture and teaching all ages about being naturally creative.
The historic trails are open during daylight hours, and the resident animals will be happy to see you.
More information on the Farm’s history can be found in the annotated Trail Guide on sale for $3 in the vestibule outside the Friends of Holly Hill Farm Office, located in the Farmhouse. Or view the Cohasset Historical Society’s Living Histories Special video Holly Hill Farm Then and Now.