Fred’s eighth generation grandfather and his ninth generation grandfather, Lt. Ephraim Lane, Jr. and Col. Ephraim Lane, Sr. both carried cranberries off to war in the American Revolution. Both returned from the war and were farmer’s in Norton, Massachusetts. Fred’s great-grandfather, Gilbert Curtis went off to the Civil War and, as many Union Soldiers did, brought cranberries with him. Although captured and a prisoner-of-war at the Andersonville Prison, he returned to his hometown of Norton, Massachusetts and resumed farming as a way of life. It is only fitting that the primary bog of Fairland Farm is a 325 acre bog located in Norton, Massachusetts.
Ten generations in America and Fred is back to the basics of farming; bringing food to the table. Fairland Farm, LLC presently operate in the following communities: Norton, Dartmouth, Sharon andEaston and look to grow and continue on with this lifestyle adventure.
Fred is a graduate of Norton High School class of 1967 and Suffolk University class of 1971. He is a member of Pi Gamma Mu Society and is a member of many historical societies including: The General Society of Mayflower Descendents, Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.
Fairland Farm, LLC were formed to become stewards of the continuing agricultural history of Southeastern Massachusetts. Numerous communities of this culturally important area are impacted by the use of Best Management Practices which Fairland Farm prides itself on. Some of the bogs that have been placed in our care have existed prior to the Civil War. Not only are we mindful to the benefits to the food industry from the growing of cranberries but we are daily reminded that the surrounding support land, whether it be upland or lowland, is a significant resource for the various plants and animals that exist within our borders.
Our membership affiliations extend to:
Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association, Member
Massachusetts Farm Bureau, Member