BHF is a 130 acre family-run diversified farm located at 1500 feet on the eastern slopes of the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. With occasional hired-in help, the farm is owned and operated by Norma, the full-time farm manager, and our son Jubal. Husband Bill previously worked at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, but now works full-time on the farm, largely responsible for the equipment operation and maintenance.
According to deed research, the land on which the farm sits has been continuously farmed since at least 1797. With a top-of-the mountain, end of the road location, the farm offers vernal ponds, seclusion, quiet, wildlife sightings, beautiful views in all directions, and miles of trails for birding, biking, riding, hiking, snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing. Located away from significant sources of light pollution, visitors can experience spectacular night time views of stars, planets and the Milky Way Galaxy.
To insure that the prime agricultural land on the farm will never be developed, we permanently protected the land in 2012 via the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) program on 88 Acres, and a Conservation Restriction to the Franklin Land Trust on an additional 30 Acres.