In 2006, Bolton citizens identified preserving the town’s rural character as one of three top priorities.
Retaining rural space comes by design and commitment, not by chance.
In support of this, Bolton citizens voted at the 2007 town meeting to enact an Agricultural Preservation Bylaw that would encourage the pursuit of agriculture, protect farmlands, promote economic opportunities for farmers and establish the Bolton Agricultural Commission.
Bolton is a “Right to Farm” community. This is not a unique designation: the right to farm is already given to all citizens of Massachusetts through the state constitution. The Bylaw and Commission strengthen it through support, education, and advocacy.
Today, 66 parcels of land in Bolton are designated agricultural, for a total of 1,790 acres. Eighty-three families keep livestock. Each year, scores of young people flock to 4-H clubs, the Bolton Fair and other events to learn about agriculture.
Local farmers grow, raise and sell apples, tomatoes, peaches, daylilies, annual and perennial plants, corn and other vegetables. They raise horses, pigs, sheep, goats, and rare livestock, and sell these as well as apple products, wool, wood chips, Christmas trees and more.