Founded in 1886 by Herbert & Bertha Clark, we are a 5th generation farm operating on approximately 300 acres in the region of Ashfield, Massachusetts known as Apple Valley. We grow apples and grapes on approximately 65 acres. The balance is grassland and forest. Today Aaron, Dana and Brian, Herbert’s great-grandsons, are still running the farm that he started over 130 years ago. In recent years Dana’s children Naomi and Silas, as well as Naomi’s husband Craig, have taken up the mantle and become the 5th generation of Clarks growing apples in Apple Valley.
We currently grow over 30 varieties of apples from classics like Cortland and McIntosh to modern favorites such as HoneyCrisp, EverCrisp and Gala. In addition to apples we also grow 8 varieties of seedless table grapes. The unique microclimate, soil and ecology of Apple Valley produces some of the finest apples in the country. We have also been long time practitioners of Integrated Pest Management or IPM. IPM is a series of guidelines for pest control that focuses on limiting environmental impacts and protecting biodiversity. In the spirit of sustainability we also generate more than 80% of our power through solar energy.
When Aaron, Brian and Dana were growing up in Apple Valley, there were six active dairy/apple farms; today, only one remains - Clark Brothers Orchards.
Small family farms in the Northeast are becoming a rarity.
Richard, Malcolm and Barbara Clark
Loxley, Philip, Clifford, Rocky, Lloyd, Linval, Dave, Craig, Naomi, Lilian and Chris.