Because of members like you, a key 108-acre parcel of farmland owned by the West family in Hadley was permanently conserved in late June through the Commonwealth’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program.
The farm, located on South Maple Street, is in the middle of a block of conserved land, and is part of the Hartsbrook Farm, a dairy farm operated by the Wests since the middle of the 1800’s. Without this level of protection, this farm was in danger of development, but thanks to you, it is now protected forever.
With scenic views of the Holyoke Range, prime soils, and adjacent to the newly conserved land formerly owned by Eversource on Moody Bridge Road, this farm is a valuable addition to the growing block of conservation land. “I think there’s nothing more beautiful than driving down the road and looking up to that land and those hills, and now we know it will always be farmland,” said Joyce West. “We’re very happy it’s going to stay active farmland.”
The Franklin Land Trust was able to assist in the APR process by providing a bridge loan to help the Wests wait the several years between applying to the program and receiving funds. “I need to thank Ron Hall at the APR Program for helping us complete the project. And the Franklin Land Trust was so wonderful to us, helping us go through the process and providing us with a loan,” said West. “Three years is a long time to wait, and we couldn’t have done it without the Franklin Land Trust.”