Massachusetts Farming in a Nutshell

Here are some quick facts about Massachusetts farming, compliments of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources:

  • Massachusetts is 2nd in New England for direct sales of farm products to consumers. At $42M in direct sales, Massachusetts farmers were responsible for 40 percent of New England’s overall total.
  • Massachusetts ranks 9th nationally in total value of direct sales, following states such as California, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington (graph, page 5)
  • Massachusetts ranks 2nd nationally in value of average direct sales of farm products to consumers at $25,356 per farm.
  • More than 80 percent of Massachusetts farms are family-owned. Over 95 percent fit the category of “small farms“, which means their sales fall below $250,000.
  • Massachusetts ranks 1st in the U.S. for farmland value at $12,202 per acre.
  • Massachusetts increased its number of organic farms from 129 in 2002 to 295 in 2007, and its organic sales from $7.8M in sales in 2002 to $17.5M in 2007.
  • Massachusetts’ agri-tourism income totaled $5.3M, up from $665,000 in 2002.

About samlaineperfas

Sam Laine Perfas is a Minnesota farm expat who now resides in Somerville, Mass. She is currently working in Boston as a journalist and audio producer. Realizing that a reporter’s brain never fully shuts off, she undertook blogging as a way to share her thoughts, observations, and snapshots as a reporter when she is off the clock and simply living life. View all posts by samlaineperfas

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