Baldwin Hill has been conserved, and will remain farmland forever!
The Department of Agricultural Resources closed on the purchase of Agricultural Preservation Restrictions on Baldwin Hill Farm (175 acres) and Proctor’s Bel-Air Farm (270 acres) on July 30.
First, thanks to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its deep investment, and to the Proctor and Burdsall families, who not only kept this land in farming for a combined 154 years, but agreed to take less than appraised value for the APRs.
Those contributions notwithstanding, the projects would not have closed without the generous gifts of over 400 friends and supporters, who provided the “local share” of nearly $400,000 to match the state’s investment.
Lead funding came from the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation, together with generous gifts from the Prospect Hill Foundation and many private individuals.
Thank you, and keep your eyes and ears open for the celebratory party!
Photos by Jason Houston.