Who We Are
We are a vegetable farm and seedling nursery open to the public in Gloucester, MA
We are open to the public and sell organically grown vegetable, herb and flower seedlings for your garden between April and September. We also have a vegetable CSA and we sell vegetables, herbs and flowers from our farm stand when in season!
Cedar Rock Gardens is an 13.5 acre farm located in Gloucester, Massachusetts right on Walker Creek. We grow a large variety of vegetables on 2.5 acres of land utilizing crop rotation schedules and cover crops to ensure good soil practices. We sell our vegetables at our retail stand on the farm and also do deliveries to restaurants in the area and we distribute seasonal produce through our CSA.
We currently have about 7,300 square feet of heated greenhouse space that we grow herbs, vegetables and annual and perennial flowers for our plant nursery for sale during the planting season from mid April until September. We start all the herbs and vegetables and some of the flowers from seed and grow everything on our farm using organic practices.
We are committed to providing a healthy and beautiful choice to our community in both the floral and food industry and invite you to experience the local difference. Only environmentally-sound and organic growing techniques are used at Cedar Rock Gardens. You can always rest assured that our farm produce and flowers are safe and wholesome, with a freshness that guarantees good nutrition (and the best vase life for our bouquets). We use organic fertilizers and pesticides; We are currently not certified as 'USDA Organic’ but our practices follow organic guidelines.
Elise and Tucker Started Cedar Rock Gardens from the ground up in 2014. The land had been used for animals in the past by the Smith family and was unused for many years before vegetables were introduced to the land. Slowly and steadily Tucker and Elise invested many many hours and all their savings to create a vision that was set on one end goal - provide the community with an option to choose good local and seasonal food, fresh from the soil.
As the years went on goals were achieved and setbacks made for some creative work. A seedling nursery was added to the mix because it made sense for food lovers to be able to reach over their own garden gate for a fresh tomato or bundle of basil. The CSA has been extended into the winter months a few seasons now for anyone interested in greens from the greenhouses and new tactics are always being thought up to become more efficient and more conscientious of the soil and the environment.
A peek at our flower field in late summer
Elise Smith was raised on the north shore in Ipswich, MA. She graduated from Umass Amherst in 2011 with a degree in corporate finance. She made a trip to Guatemala in college and realized the entire culture there was built on local agriculture...and what a terrific culture it was. Elise began working outside in the dirt alongside an extraordinarily knowledgable gardener doing annual and perennial flower garden design and maintenance. Learning about many different flower types and having a blast. She was inspired to plant a small plot of cutting flowers and began selling bunches, realizing the importance of growing local flowers and teaching the community about how fresh local flowers are. She was taught about wedding arrangements, bridal party pieces and bridal consultations by an experienced florist in the area. She has been growing produce and flowers since 2013.
Ford Tucker Smith was born and raised on Cedar Rock Farm in West Gloucester. His working career has always involved hands on outdoor labor, split between farming and different trades. In 2013, he graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst with a degree in Fruit and vegetable crop production. Over the course of the last ten years he has apprenticed on many farms around the country and world. Throughout his travels he has always been drawn back to Cape Ann and in 2009, finally accepted that there is no other place that he would rather settle. In 2010, he started working alongside Noah Kellerman building and managing Alprilla farm CSA (a vegetable farm in Essex, MA) as a partner in the business for the 2011 and 2012 growing seasons. At the farm they grew grain, hay, flowers, herbs, and over 60 types of vegetables for market. From a very young age he has loved cultivating the family garden. The garden and farm have always provided a space for him to slow down and face the needs of life directly while producing delicious food for himself and others. Tucker believes that gardening is an important dynamic to a strong community.