Thistle Dew Farm: On the Path to Protection

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 purchase of an agricultural preservation restriction (APR) on the property.

“Small farms provide fresh, healthy food, contribute to local economies, and protect scenic views,” said Christa Collins, SVT’s Director of Land Protection. “SVT applauds Holliston voters for making this commitment to the health and character of your community.”

The total price of the APR is $1.1 million. In addition to the town’s funds, the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture has agreed to contribute $465,588. The state and the Town will co-hold the APR to ensure that the land will always stay in farming, and Holliston’s Outpost Farm will own and manage the land.

SVT is launching a campaign to raise $148,000 to close the gap and cover the project costs.

Good news! If we can raise just $48,000, an anonymous donor has agreed to contribute the final $100,000. Donate now to help keep this beautiful property in agricultural use.

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