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Tenant found for Fay Mountain Farm


'Labor of love' for Rhode Island resident



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Major renovations are needed to get Fay Mountain Farm’s barn ready for use. (click for larger version)
January 09, 2012
CHARLTON — Just a few months after holding its first meeting in more than six years, the Fay Mountain Farm Committee has decided on an action plan for the old apple orchard off Cemetery Road that has sat unused for just as long.

At its Wednesday, Jan. 4 meeting, the committee unanimously voted to select Benjamin Wilson, of Scituate, R.I., as the land's new tenant.

Wilson will have his work cut out for him when it comes restoring Fay Mountain Farm, a 65-acre piece of land the town purchased in 2002 with government grants and funding from the state Division of Conservation and Recreation Services and the Department of Agricultural Resources. Conditions of the self-help grants the town used to buy the farm require that the land be agriculturally preserved. The farm also must produce some sort of commercial crop, agricultural or livestock, on 22 of its acres, and remain available to the public for "passive recreation."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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