Baiting Brook Meadow Farm Conservation Restriction, Framingham

Town/City

Framingham

Size

80.3 Acres

Trail Map

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Baiting Brook Meadow Farm spans 88 acres off Nixon Road in Framingham. The trails on this land, which is still privately owned, connect to trails on Callahan State Park, SVT’s Baiting Brook-Welch, Henry’s Hill, and Wayside Forest Reservations, and the City of Framingham’s Wittenborg Woods. 

SVT worked with the state and private landowners to protect this property and augment the mix of forest, open field, and water resources that makes northwest Framingham a good place for wildlife. SVT holds a conservation restriction (CR) on the land, limiting its development. We annually monitor the land to maintain its conservation values.

Please note: Baiting Brook Meadow Farm is privately owned. Please respect posted rules, follow the signs, and stay on marked trails.

  • The owners of the property manage the woodland in a way that yields benefits to wildlife while providing income for themselves.
  • These extensive woodlands provide habitat for forest interior birds such as the scarlet tanager, red-eyed vireo, eastern wood pewee, and wood thrush. Larger mammals like fox, coyote, fisher, and mink call the area home as well.

  • Open fields provide increasingly rare wildlife habitat while also providing pastureland and room for crops.

  • For many years, Christmas trees were the “crops” raised at Baiting Brook Meadow Farm, but the Christmas tree farm has been discontinued.

  • Much of the soils are classified with agricultural importance. The eastern half of the property is almost entirely designated as “prime farmland,” meaning it has the best combination of physical and chemical characteristics for producing food, feed, forage, fiber, and oilseed crops.

  • Callahan State Park includes some 100 acres of open field, with 70 of those acres under agricultural leases. Other portions are simply mowed annually, like the field that rises from the eastern shore of Beebe Pond and climbs the lower slopes of Gibbs Mountain, a lovely spot at any time of year and exciting if you’re on skis!

Directions

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241–243 Broadmeadow Street, Marlborough, MA

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From the intersection of Edgell Road and Edmands Road in Framingham, follow Edmands Road west for 3.0 miles. The road name changes to Parmenter Road. Continue on Parmenter Road for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Broadmeadow Street. Go for 0.3 mile to the parking lot on the left. (The last 0.2 mile is a dirt road.)