Watson Farm is a 265 acre working farm that overlooks
Dutch Harbor and the mouth of Narragansett Bay.
It is preserved by Historic
, one of the oldest and largest
regional historic preservation organizations in
America, based in Boston.
The farm was bequeathed to Historic New England
by Tom Carr Watson in 1980 with the stipulation
that it be maintained as a working farm in perpetuity.
Five generations of the Watson Family have owned
the property but interestingly enough, the farm
has had a long history of tenant farmers operating
and Don Minto have been the resident tenant
farmers since 1980 when they began the process
of bringing back the farm to full production,
while providing public programs, educational
tours, and public access to the farm. The Watson
Farm is open for self guided tours for visitors
to enjoy the 1796 Farmstead, the pastoral setting
of the livestock grazing operation, the extensive
views of the bay, and to explore the shoreline
of the West Passage of the bay. There is a small
fee for visitors,but Historic New England members
are free and are offered special programs at
the farm. The farm is open from June 1st through
October 15th every Tuesday,Thursday and Sunday
the Watson Farm is home to a herd of about 100
Heritage Red Devon Cattle that are raised 100%
on grass and marketed exclusively as Conanicut
Island Grass Fed Beef. Heather and Don also
have about 100 sheep which are raised for their
Wool which is marketed as ”The Conanicut
Island Blanket” as well as “Rhody
Warm Blankets and for Conanicut Island Grass
Fed Lamb. The farm is also home to Blue and
Dublin, the working border collies that keep
the farms various livestock in line.
Minto Family has been producing grass fed beef
and lamb for over 30 years. They have worked
continuously to build awareness of the importance
of farmland preservation and the need to build
and grow our local agriculture. They have promoted
direct marketing for all Rhode Island Farmers
and were instrumental in creating the Rhode
Island Raised Livestock Association, an organization
of over 100 livestock farmers in the state.
The Watson Farm offers their products directly
from the farm on selected days each week throughout
the year. The farm store is open on Thursdays
from 3-6 or by appointment. As demand increases
for their local, healthy, tasty, grass fed products,
the hours of operation will increase.
Products & Hours
Presently the Watson Farm's Conanicut Island
Grass Fed Beef and Lamb and the Wool
blankets can be purchased during the Summer
and Fall every Saturday from 9-12 at The Coastal
Grower Farmers Market at Casey Farm in Saunderstown.
The Coastal Growers also operates a Winter Market
at the LaFayette Mill just outside Wickford
from November til March every Saturday from
The Watson Farm kicks off it's summer season
with our annual Sheep Shearing Day which always
takes place the Saturday before Mothers Day.
This year it is May 8th from 12 to 4.
Contact Don or Heather at 401-423-0005 for
more information or email at Watsonfarm1796@yahoo.com