Captain John Smith wrote the following when he explored the Massachusetts coastline in 1614:

“Here are many rising hills, and on their tops and descents are many corne fields and delightful groves…  planted with gardens and corn fields, and so well inhabited with a goodly, strong and well-proportioned people, besides the greatness of the timber growing on them, the greatness of the fish and moderate temper of the air …who can but approve this a most excellent place, both for health and fertility? And of all of the four parts of the world that I have yet seen not inhabited, could I have but means to transport a colony, I would rather live here than anywhere.”

Ipswich Agricultural Commission

Established in 2005, the Ipswich Agricultural Commission is comprised of 5 appointed members as well as several alternate members. The mission of the Commission is to support and provide a voice for the significant agricultural community and resources of Ipswich. The Commission represents all forms of agriculture in town including: fruit, vegetable and other food crop growers, animal and dairy food providers, equine facilities, hay operations, florists, nurseries, and aquaculture.

Contact the Agricultural Commission if you are:

    • Interested in participating in the Commission and/or Commission activities.
    • Looking for information or support for any agricultural issue regarding: wildlife, local and state regulations, economic viability and opportunities, education and advocacy, estate planning, etc.
    • Looking for support on an agricultural issue you are facing with the town or townspeople.

Visit the Ipswich Agricultural Commission page on the Town of Ipswich site


This map shows retail farms in Ipswich open to the public