Your tax-deductible donation to the Annual Fund supports our operations - the work that we do all year- so that we can continue to protect land right here in Essex County for farming,
wildlife habitat, climate resilience and beautiful places to enjoy the outdoors. The impact of these successful conservation efforts will be felt close to home for generations
Protecting Kamon Farm in Ipswich provides an excellent example of the importance of conserving local land close to home.
The area that is known today as Kamon Farm was occupied by Indigenous people as long ago as 14,000 years. They grew corn on the lower slopes of Turkey Hill, and canoed to coastal waters via
Bull Brook and the Rowley River.
Beginning in 1905, the land was used for dairy farming by Simon and Agnes Kamon. In 2003, Kamon family member Dianne Perry and her husband Bob took over the farm, and in 2021 they sold it to
Greenbelt to ensure that it would be protected forever.
Conserving this land - comprised of 95 acres of hayfields, wetlands and forest - has immediate and significant local impact:
Open fields allow for cutting hay and preserve the area's rural character
Two drinking water supplies are safeguarded from contaminants associated with residential development
Undisturbed wetlands provide flood water storage capacity
Intact forests help mitigate stormwater runoff and cool the air
Diverse wetland, forest and grassland habitat support a variety of wildlife
Trails connecting to an existing trail network provide nearby access to nature
Your gift to Greenbelt's Annual Fund directly supports the work that makes projects like Kamon Farm happen. Local land conservation is important to us now, and will continue to benefit the
generations to come.
Your support makes our work possible, and we can’t do it without you.