257 Hurlbutt Street
Wilton CT 06897Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 7442
Wilton CT 06897
The farm is open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. There is parking next to the
Ambler Farm soccer field lot.Farm Directions:
The farm is located at 257 Hurlbutt Street in Wilton, Connecticut. If you are coming
from points north or south on Route 7, turn on to Route 106 north. Travel 1.2 miles.
Take a left on Hurlbutt Street. Travel .7 mile. The farm is on the left.
Friends of Ambler Farm, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Betty Ambler was the last of the Raymond-Ambler family to live at Ambler Farm. She lived there most of her life until her death in 1998. The following year, the Town of Wilton, with overwhelming taxpayer support, purchased 22 acres of this beautiful 200-year-old working farm as part of the open-space initiative. However, because the complex consisted of historic houses, barns and various out-buildings, this acquisition was unlike any other and prompted the town to appoint a steering committee to consider the farm’s future. From this committee, a non-profit group called the Friends of Ambler Farm was formed and a mission crafted to celebrate Wilton’s agrarian roots through active-learning programs, sustainable agriculture, responsible land stewardship, and historic preservation.
Because of enthusiastic participation and support from town organizations and hard work from dedicated individual volunteers, we are proud to report the following accomplishments that have taken place at the farm in such a short time:
Progress with repair and preservation of buildings has been deliberate and careful. Work on the red barn, ice house and white carriage barn is complete. Using funds from a town bond and a grant from the state of Connecticut, the white house is currently in the beginning stages of its restoration. A firm specializing in historic homes and buildings has been contracted to do the first step, which is the removal and cataloging of interior trim, molding, and doors, and plaster removal.
The grounds have been cleaned up and a property caretaker has been hired to organize and inspire student apprentices and volunteers to maintain it. The farm is a beautiful place again.
Gardens have been planted including the new west field garden, under the direction of our Director of Agriculture, Jonathan Kirschner. If you visited our hugely successful farm-stand this past summer or fall, you might have encountered lines of customers waiting to pay for fresh produce and flowers, all grown using organic practices.
Our educational programming has grown substantially to include a range of dynamic offerings for all ages led by both staff members and volunteers. The goal of our programs — whether they be learning to knit or make maple syrup – is simply to learn by doing. All activities encourage engagement–whether it is with the land, with food, with animals, with history, or with other people.
And finally, our special annual events – many of which are now Wilton traditions – bring the community together to enjoy the best of what the farm offers and celebrate the cycle of the New England year. These events include Ambler Farm Day, The Art of the Wreath Party, Holiday Greens Sale, Valentine’s Tea, Organic Food + Wine and the Summertime Picnic. New events are in the works.
When the Friends of Ambler Farm first began, it had an expansive vision for the farm that at the time seemed almost unobtainable. That vision, filled with hopeful ideas, is becoming a reality. Ambler Farm is well on its way to being an established, active, living community farm and is already an integral part of Wilton’s identity.