Sholan Farms, Leominster
The last stop on the MACD quarterly tour was the Sholan Farms in Leominster where we not only learned the ins and outs of New England orchards from the hayless hayride, but had the opportunity to pick fresh, ripe apples to munch on the long trip home.
Sholan Farms is owned by the city of Leominster and operated by a community-supported, non-profit organization: The Friends of Sholan Farms. This property consists of 167 acres, which at the time of purchase is 2001, included productive apple trees, 30 acres of hickory and hornbeam stands, and 60 acres of abandoned orchard. Currently they have restored 25 acres of apple orchard, planted 2 acres of rasberries and blueberries, restored acres of abandoned orchard into cropland, created 40 acres of early successional habitat, and have adoped environmentally friendly safe practices, such as integrated pest management. This farm also meets recreational and educational purposes. Funding and assistance have been provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and the Agricultural Management Assistant Program.
NRCS Walter Albarran and Sholan Farms President Joanne DiNardo
Apples, Apples, Apples, and Not a Doctor in Sight!