Deb-Tone Farm Conserved!

March 2010

GWRLT's purchase of a conservation easement on Deb-Tone Farm was joyfully completed on March 23, 2010. A small celebration at the North Berwick Town Hall after the closing gave way to a room full of supporters enjoying Ken Goodwin's storytelling and sharing the success of the project.

 

In 2009, Great Works Regional Land Trust undertook the Deb-Tone Farm Conservation Project in order to help Ken and Marion Goodwin of North Berwick conserve the farm where they’ve lived since 1954.

Now the project is complete, thanks to supported by the Town of North Berwick (and the voters!), the Federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Program, the Thomas W. Haas fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Hussey Seating, Kennebunk Savings Bank, Fields Pond Foundation, Maine Farmland Trust, and many devoted donors and volunteers. The success of last year's yard sale and bicycle ride may have started new traditions for the Trust.

Deb-Tone Farm spreads out along Route 4 North, looking off toward Cabbage Hill and the hills of Mt. Agamenticus, and is one of the few places along our roads with a panoramic view. A wooden sign says “Milking Shorthorns”.

As an active agricultural presence, the farm is an important gateway to North Berwick and is surrounded by other land with conservation potential. The purchase of a conservation easement on the farm transferred the development rights to GWRLT, so that, in the words of a Goodwin great-grandaughter, “no one can build houses on my Grampy’s farm.”

North Berwick citizens voted in the spring of 2010 to provide (from the town’s Open Space Fund) the final $40,000 needed to complete the Deb-Tone Farm Project. The Federal Farm and Ranchland Protection Program (FRPP) provided $24,500.

Thank you to all who helped GWRLT conserve Deb-Tone Farm – as an agricultural gateway to North Berwick, as a key piece for future conservation on Cabbage Hill, and as a working farm.

 

Kenny & Marion Goodwin

Closing celebration:
Ken, Marion, Elaine Folsom

Marion and Linda Trombley, GWRLT Board Member

Tim Hussey, Ken, Marion,
Linda Trombley, Dwayne Morin

link to 12/31/2010 article in Foster's Daily Democrat