Letter: Falmouth Land Trust project needs support

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The Falmouth Land Trust has a golden opportunity to preserve a piece of the town’s agricultural heritage and carry it forward in new ways into the 21st century with the purchase of Hurricane Valley Farm.

The farm is currently part of Capall Creek Farm, on Gray Road near the Cumberland border (the one with the bucolic white fences and open vistas). The owner has kindly offered the trust the chance to purchase 62 acres of the property, instead of developing it into 17 houses, as he had planned. The catch is we need to raise about $700,000 by June 15 – a big undertaking for a small land trust. We can only make this happen if local people want to lend their individual help to the funding that the Town Council has agreed to provide.

This piece of property would complement the land already conserved by the trust and the town. The trust is committed to continuing agricultural activities on the property and is exploring the possibility that a tenant farmer could set up a Community Supported Agriculture program, providing a convenient source of local food. As always, trail connectivity and educational opportunities would also be priorities for this land. We will need every interested person to donate in order to make the mid-June deadline; any amount, large or small, would be gratefully welcomed and is tax-deductible.

Mila Plavsic, FLT board member