Updated June 8, 2017
This south facing farm with gentle hills that roll to Chilmark Pond and the ocean beyond has always been farmed organically. Pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and herbicides have never been applied to the land. So continues their commitment which is reflected in the taste of the grass-fed lamb they sell and the luscious hand-woven woolens made from their sheep’s wool found in their farm shop.
421 South Road, Chilmark 02535
lamb, eggs, compost tea; handmade woolen products
Farmstand open daily from 11am-5pm, May – October/ 12noon-5pm, November and December
Martha’s Vineyard’s oldest continuously working family farm, the Allen Farm in Chilmark consists of 100 acres of rolling pastures and meadows bounded by historic stonewalls, upper Chilmark Pond and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Jonathan Allen originally purchased the farm in 1762, and ten years later his oldest son, Tristram, built the timber-framed farmhouse, which still sits just off of South Road in Chilmark. Clarissa Allen and Mitchell Posin, with their son and daughter-in-law Nathaniel and Kaila Allen-Posin, have researched and implemented many new ways of doing things, including using grass-based rotational grazing and New Zealand fencing techniques to produce meats, vegetables, chickens and eggs. The farm’s wool is spun and woven into throws and blankets, and also knitted into hats and sweaters and sold in a small shop there. Their often painted and photographed fields overlooking the sea also serve as a site for many weddings.
The farm also hosts occasional fund raisers for conservation and community groups, school tours, and other planned farm tours.