The Cowls family tree has been firmly planted in North Amherst for almost 300 years.
Over the past three hundred years, Cowls’ Home Farm has produced and distributed onions, tobacco, and dairy products. Also from the Home Farm offices, Cowls built and ran a rock quarry; constructed a street railway system; created innumerable residential and commercial subdivisions; ran a sawmill and a planing mill; operated a building supply store; and managed diverse residential and commercial properties and thousands of acres of timberland.
Today, 9 generations strong, this family business continues to conserve and sustainably manage timberland; operate a retail building supply store; and buy, sell, develop, and manage real estate.
2005 National Hardwood Lumber Association Forest Stewardship Award
2007 International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Forest Stewardship Award
2007 Business West Forty under 40 Award (CHJ)
2007 BASF American Tree Farm System Award for Outstanding Achievements in Sustainable Forestry
2008 Department of the Interior Cooperative Conservation Award
2008 Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts Friend of SAM Award
2012 Massachusetts Forest Landowners Association Massachusetts Forest Stewardship Award
2013 Forest Landowners Association Young Forest Landowner of the Year (CHJ)
2013 Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce A+ Award for Most Valuable Player Award (CHJ)
2016 Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Sustainability Award