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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. 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. Greenbelt will privately fundraise the remaining $203,500, and will also cover the transactional costs.
Matching Gift Challenge: As of August 2nd, a generous donor has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, the next $25,000 raised to protect Brown Spring Farm! Double your impact with your gift today!
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 and the Town of West Newbury will co-hold a conservation restriction on the property. With CPA funds approved, Greenbelt has committed to privately fundraise for the remaining amount. Please make a gift today. Thank 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.