Thistle Dew Success!

Thank you to the many wonderful donors who contributed to the protection of Thistle Dew Farm in Holliston. With your support, we reached our fundraising goal of $150,000.

Special thanks to the anonymous donor who pledged $100,000 and to Mass Audubon for securing the anonymous gift. Thanks also to the Town of Holliston Open Space Committee for its contribution.

A closing is anticipated for the fall, at which time the property will be permanently protected under an Agricultural Preservation Restriction. Read more about Thistle Dew.

Thistle Dew Farm: Help Us Protect This Land for Agriculture

Thistle Dew Farm, Holliston. Photo by Adrian Collins and Kevin Drake
Thistle Dew Farm, Holliston. Photo by Adrian Collins and Kevin Drake

Small farms, which provide fresh, healthy food and contribute to local economies, are fast disappearing, only to be replaced by large development projects.

Help us buck this trend.

SVT has joined a collaborative effort to protect Thistle Dew Farm in Holliston. With your support, we will succeed.The Town of Holliston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are purchasing an Agricultural Preservation Restriction on the 28-acre property to ensure it remains used for agriculture. Together, they are contributing, $965,588 of the $1.1 million purchase price.

SVT has committed to raising $150,000 so the project can close this year. These funds will close the gap on the purchase price and cover project costs.

Good news! We have secured a tremendous pledge with the help of Mass Audubon. If we can raise $50,000, an anonymous donor will contribute the final $100,000—a two-for-one match!

We still need to raise 12.131. Please help save this land for agriculture. Your donation, in any amount, will help bring this project over the finish line.

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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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Saving Thistle Dew Farm in Holliston

SVT, the Holliston Open Space Committee and the Holliston Agricultural Commission hosted a public walk at Thistle Dew Farm on October 20, in advance of an October 28 Special Town Meeting vote about the future of the farm. 

During the Town Meeting, Holliston residents will be asked to contribute up to $500,000 from Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to purchase an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) on the 28-acre farm. SVT will assist on additional fundraising for the project. Read more about the effort to protect Thistle Dew Farm.

Thistle Dew Farm is a 33.74-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 Town of Holliston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are seeking to purchase an Agricultural Preservation Restriction on 28.74 acres of the property.

Nightcrawler in Holliston

November 4, 2018

A nightcrawler in Holliston, photographed by Nancy Shaw.
A nightcrawler in Holliston, photographed by Nancy Shaw.

Nancy Shaw photographed this nightcrawler in Holliston.

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