Since 1741 Cinda's family has been on the farm, longer than the history of America. Cinda’s personality is as large as her forests and it only take a few minutes with her before you notice that not only do you understand her passion for forestry but now you also share that passion. Cinda is all you need to have a new found respect for family working forests and a new found friend that can show you why landowners are so passionate about their trees and why family forests work.
“Our timberland business has been sustainably managed for hundreds of years. I want to leave Cowls' tenth generation a successful family farm they can be proud of.”
Cinda Jones grew up actively involved in the 9th generation managing her family's land holdings. She got her start in the family business at age ten, cutting yellow triangles out of sheets of plastic for foresters to use as boundary markers. Since then she has worked her way up Cowls’ career ladder by scraping and painting fences and barns, sorting nails, stacking lumber, being an administrative assistant’s assistant, and getting more useful by working somewhere else for twelve years. Cinda’s goals as President of Cowls are to grow timberland holdings; diversify forestbased opportunities; redevelop Cowls property in North Amherst Village Center; and define Cowls as a land conservation leader. Most of all she wants to leave Cowls’ tenth generation a successful family farm they can be proud of.
The Cowls / Jones family has been in agriculture in Amherst since 1741 and is the oldest continuously owned and operated farm in town. For over 240 years, Cowls’ diverse Pioneer Valley agricultural ventures have been managed from the Cowls 1768 family homestead at 134 Montague Road in North Amherst. The Cowls family has had an enormous impact on Amherst over the last three centuries, creating farms and managing thousands of acres of timberland for regional markets.
“I need to sustainably manage and grow the business we have today and improve opportunities for future generations”
134 Montague Road c. 1800
134 Montague Road today
Sarah Cowls in front of 134 Montague c.1900
W. D. Cowls has come a long way since 1741. But the more the company evolves, the more it seems to stay the same. Cutting later generations of the same trees on the same land where Jonathan Cowls was harvesting over 270 years ago, the 9th generation of the Cowls family is excited to grow the Valley into the next century. Through land conservation; management; trading; and development, this family business is strongly committed to the future success and livability of the Pioneer Valley.
“In 1768, David Cowls built the homestead in which every generation of my family has lived in since! I am the 9th generation to live at 134 Montague Road.”