Charbrook Farm is the homestead of Lauren and Stephen Stimson and their children. It is a working farm with heritage Milking Devon cattle and Herdwick Sheep. Prior to building their house and barn, the land was successional woodland that had overtaken active farm fields. The house was sited at the high point, taking advantage of solar aspect and microclimate, with a clear view to Mt. Wachusett. A series of agricultural outbuildings were constructed to support the animal husbandry. Productive gardens around the house provide the family with seasonal crops. The orchard, cow pasture, and sheep meadows are used for rotational grazing. The land abuts a vast tract of MA State Forest land, giving the farm an opportunity to integrate agriculture with ecology, as a model for a new type of farming that embraces the surrounding wilder landscape.
Lauren and Stephen Stimson