Holly Hill Farm is an organic farm located 25 miles southeast of Boston in the coastal town of Cohasset MA. The Farm consists of 140 acres that include 7 acres of open fields, 3 acres of growing fields, as well as historic buildings, greenhouses, and diversified natural areas. Our organic vegetables, herbs and flowers are sold at our Farm Stand and at local Farmers Markets, as well as 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. 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 & early 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 on 120 acres of the property.
In 1998 Frank and Jean White moved to Cohasset and restarted the Farm as a commercial venture. Their plan was to raise certified organic crops and begin an educational program. 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.
Today the Farm hosts school field trips, summer camp, a thriving teen community service program, participates in over 40 school farm gardens, holds workshops and events, and grows certified organic produce, herbs, and flowers. On many Saturdays, Malcom White 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 and barnyard are open during daylight hours, and the resident animals will be happy to see you.