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William Ames

William Ames

William AmesWilliam Ames and his wife Nancy operate a farm in Northfield, MA. They harvest oak, maple and pine under their Chapter 61 Stewardship Plan and about 20 acres of hay.

Recently they have entered the sheep business- raising cull sheep from a neighboring farm for slaughter and delivery to Loaves and Fishes of Brattleboro. The meat serves about 1,500 meat meals.

Bill knows the area, having attended graduate school at UMass, Amherst where he received a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. The family has owned three farming operations from1974 to the present time including dairy and hay production.

He was instrumental in the formation of the Northfield, MA Agricultural Commission, where he served as Chair, and promoted the passage of the town Right to Farm By-Law. Recently he received a local stewardship award for his work in the conservation of local forest and farm lands working with the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust.

Bill was a general partner in a Boston venture capital firm and has served on several for profit and not for profit boards.