Greenbelt has an extraordinary opportunity to partner with West Newbury residents to preserve one of its most beloved farms, Brown Spring Farm. This bucolic 10-acre property, with its
vivid white Victorian home surrounded by fields of hay and vegetables, has been the gateway to West Newbury for generations. Protecting Brown Spring Farm will preserve an important
cornerstone of West Newbury's agricultural economy, and a reliable source of fresh, local food.
To conserve Brown Spring Farm, Greenbelt and the Town of West Newbury propose to co-acquire this property through the purchase of a conservation restriction (CR) for $403,500. West
Newbury residents will vote at Spring Town Meeting on April 29th whether to approve $200,000 in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds toward the CR acquisition. Greenbelt will privately
fundraise the remaining $203,500, and will also cover the transactional costs.
The CR will permanently eliminate development of Brown Spring Farm, ensuring that the land is always available for farming. The existing farmhouse and farm stand will remain (or be replaced
in similar style and size). After purchasing the CR and extinguishing valuable development rights forever, the restricted land will be purchased by a farmer. This new farmer, Chris Grant of
Grant Family Farm in Essex, plans to farm sustainably-grown vegetables which will be available at Brown Spring Farm's farm stand.
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.