Massachusetts Agricultural Census 2012
Farmland was gained in many counties.
Half of Massachusetts counties saw gains in farmland from 2007 to 2012. Dukes, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket and Plymouth Counties gained farm acreage from 2007 to 2012. The greatest gain of farmland occurred in Plymouth County where more than 14,400 acres of farmland were gained, in contrast to a loss of over 9,000 acres between 2002 and 2007, accounting for over 86 percent of total farmland gained between 2007 and 2012.
The leading counties in terms of land in farms are Worcester, which also has the greatest number of farms, Franklin, Plymouth and Berkshire Counties. Worcester farms account for more than 19.5 percent of the Commonwealth’s total land in farms. Franklin County and Plymouth County ranked second and third respectively in the amount of land in farms. These two counties, which ranked second and fourth respectively in terms of farm numbers, accounted for 17.2 and 12.2 percent of the Commonwealth’s land in farms. Berkshire County, ranked eighth in terms of farm numbers, accounted for 11.8 percent of the Commonwealth’s land in farms. Hampshire County completes the list of top five Massachusetts counties in terms of land in farms.
Hampshire County farms represent 10.3 percent of the state’s land in farms. On average, Dukes County farms are the largest in the state, with 145 acres per farm, Berkshire County farms are the second largest in the state, with an average of 117 acres per farm, followed by Franklin County, with an average of 115 acres per farm.