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Bailey Reservation Haverhill | Photo: Neil Ungerleider
“The biggest challenge facing young farmers is affording farmland. Land trusts are uniquely positioned to help make farmland affordable, and that’s critical to keeping local farming viable into the future.” - Vanessa Johnson-Hall | Assistant Director of Land Conservation
Greenbelt is committed to the sustained focus it takes to conserve our region’s treasured landscapes, vulnerable farmland and natural habitats.
In 2019, Greenbelt partnered with the town of West Newbury and a local farmer to conserve the iconic Brown Spring Farm. This bucolic 10-acre property, with its white Victorian home surrounded by fields of hay and vegetables, was beloved for its roadside stand where families found fresh produce for generations.
The farm had been for sale and was threatened by residential development. Now this land will remain a farm forever. Conserving Brown Spring Farm protected an important cornerstone of West Newbury’s agricultural heritage and a source of fresh, local food, and made land ownership a reality.
“We’ve seen tremendous support from the community. We’re excited to be meeting everyone who values this piece of land as much as we do. The house is well under way to being brought back to her original glory.” - Chris Grant | Farm Owner
Never before has the impact of your support – land that Greenbelt has protected forever – made more of a difference than now. Over the past several months we've witnessed firsthand how Greenbelt properties provide critical respite for many who seek Essex County’s natural beauty for quiet contemplation, family nature walks, fresh air and exercise.
Your support makes our work possible, and we can’t do it without you.
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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.