US (MA): Berry plant grower doubles greenhouse space

A new chapter is about to begin for the greenhouses at Five Acre Farm in Northfield, as its sale to Nourse Farms in Whately has been completed.

Tim and Mary Nourse paid $1,050,000 for the 2.3 acres that double their greenhouse space. Those greenhouses will be used to grow strawberry, raspberry and blackberry plants.

The property was sold by Karen Randall of Randall’s Farm in Ludlow, the executor and trustee of the will of her brother, William Randall, who until his death in 2007 had owned the Northfield farm on Hinsdale Road since 1979.

Tim Nourse, who turns 80 in December, said his farm needs more space to grow plants. The farm was founded in Andover in 1932 by Roger Lewis and sold to the Nourse family and moved to Whately in 1968. The Nourses planted their first crops the following year. The farming operations now encompass 400 acres in Whately, Hatfield and Montague.

Read more at the Greenfield Recorder (Domenic Poli)

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