Andy Rice has shorn the sheep of Allen Farm, in addition to almost every other Island flock, for 30 years. This year, however, the tradition has been passed on to Aaron Loux.


It’s a misty May morning in Chilmark and while other farmers race up and down South Road, Mitchell Posin doesn’t seem to have an agenda for the day.


Wendy Gray's Field and Felt session with Charter School students Saturday included a guest appearance by a ewe from the Allen Farm.


I was 15 minutes late to the Allen Farm this morning. It was cold and getting out of bed felt like torture.


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Five years ago Mitchell Posin and Clarissa Allen had a vision: of sheep grazing under a windmill that powered their Chilmark farm. It was a vision of a working farm functioning with clean energy, from the grass the sheep ate to the compost tea they helped produce to the wind that spun the turbine.

On Monday morning that vision became reality when a 149-foot turbine was installed at the farm, the largest turbine to date on the Island.

Once it is fully operational, the windmill will produce 125,000 kilowatt hours per year.


Chilmark selectmen will hire an engineering consultant to review two wind turbine projects planned for working farms on South Road.

The town selectmen voted to hire the consultant at their meeting Tuesday night after discussion about an appeal by neighbors of building permits issued recently for the Allen Farm and Grey Barn to put up wind turbines.

The Chilmark zoning board of appeals will hold a public hearing on the appeal on Jan. 19.