Thistle Dew Farm, Holliston
Congratulations and thanks to the residents of Holliston!
During a Special Town Meeting on October 28, town residents overwhelmingly voted to protect 28 acres of Thistle Dew Farm on Highland Street. The town will now contribute $500,000 of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds toward the $1.1 million purchase of an agricultural preservation restriction (APR) on the property.
The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture has agreed to contribute $465,588. SVT is launching a campaign to raise $150,000 to close the gap and cover the project costs.
Good news! If we can raise $50,000, an anonymous donor has agreed to contribute the final $100,000.
Fundraising Update, March 30: Thanks to a great deal of generous support, including a commitment by SVT's Board of Directors, we only have $12,131 left to raise!
Please donate now to help keep this beautiful property in agricultural use.
Thistle Dew Farm is a 28-acre farm located on Highland Street in Holliston, on the Ashland town line. For decades, it has been farmed by Charlie Nickerson, who now wishes to see the farm permanently protected.
The current owners of Holliston's Outpost Farm will purchase the property and expand their current farming operations, but first, Mr. Nickerson will ensure that the property is never developed by selling an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR). The APR will permanently protect 28.74 acres of the farm from development and require that it stay in active agriculture. The house and barns will be excluded from the APR and will be limited to a single-family house lot.
The APR will be held jointly by the Town of Holliston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR). DAR will be responsible for monitoring the property annually to ensure that the farming values are maintained.
A 2017 appraisal established a fair market value for the restriction of $1.11 million. The Department of Agricultural Resources will contribute $465,588 toward the purchase, and an additional $644,412 is needed to reach the fair market value of the restriction.
Holliston voters overwhelmingly agreed to commit $500,000 of Community Preservation Act Funds toward the purchase of the APR at Special Town Meeting on October 28.
To make the project a success, SVT agreed to raise an additional $150,000. A very generous, anonymous donor has pledged $100,000 of that amount if we can raise the final $50,000. Can you help us?