About The Maker Farm

The Maker Farm at Bancroft

Emily Piper lives in Pepperell, Massachusetts on her historic 1735 colonial farm, The Maker Farm (also known as Rock Maple Farm), with her husband Eric, her daughter Cora, more than 20 horses and a menagerie of sheep, goats, cats, dogs, hens, and buns.  Emily is living her dream to bring arts, crafts, agricultural education, horseback riding and farm life to the community.


Emily was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania on a small horse farm with an art teacher mother and school teacher father.  Teaching is in her blood!  Before moving to the New England countryside, Emily lived in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and in Chicago, Illinois after graduating from Allegheny College with a BA in Theater. In her professional career, she has taught a myriad of art and animal-based classes and workshops for children and adults in Canada, Chicago and New England.  She runs an award-winning summer camp program at her farm.


The Maker Farm is also the home of a family-friendly horseback riding academy led by licensed riding instructor Lori Caouette and a team of riding professionals.  We have a wide range of horses suited to the needs of beginner and intermediate riders.  Many of our favorites are former Amish cart horses who also take part in our cart driving workshops.