Thanks to All Who Donated to Protect Brown Spring Farm.
Greenbelt is pleased to announce that it has met the fundraising goal to preserve one of West Newbury's 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 worked to co-acquire this property through the purchase of a conservation restriction (CR) for $403,500. With support
from the Open Space Committee, West Newbury residents voted overwhelmingly at Spring Town Meeting to approve $200,000 in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds toward the CR acquisition.
Private fundraising by Greenbelt reached its goal of $203,500, and will also cover the transactional costs.
Matching Gift Challenge: Back in August, a generous donor pledged to match, dollar for dollar, the next $25,000 raised to protect Brown Spring Farm. We're
pleased to announce that our generous donors met the challenge, resulting in $50,000. Thank you!
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.
Conserving this land preserves:
West Newbury's agricultural heritage by conserving a working farm
West Newbury's historic landscape and scenic views
Rich Farmland Soils
Critical Habitat and Water Quality
Greenbelt and the Town of West Newbury will co-hold a conservation restriction on the property.
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.