Collaboration creates permanent protection for farm

Jan 17, 2019
From left, Heidi, Kelly and Oliver Perkins sell charcuterie from their farm at the local farmer's market.

Hope — Georges River Land Trust, and Kelly and Oliver Perkins, who run a farming business called A Small Good, which produces charcuterie, have announced the permanent protection of Taylor Place Farm, 125 acres of farm fields, woodland, and blueberry barrens on the southern slope of Philbrook Mountain in Hope. Formerly owned by Judith and Bill Jones for more than 30 years, the Perkins were able to purchase Taylor Place Farm with help from Maine Farmland Trust, and to permanently protect it as farmland with the assistance of Georges River Land Trust.

The Joneses wanted to sell to a farm family, but the market price for the property was more than a farmer could typically afford. Maine Farmland Trust’s program allowed the sale of development rights to offset some of the purchase price, resulting in the permanent conservation of the farm and payment to the buyers for the easement portion of the full value of the property. The Taylor Place Farm property is within a newly defined conservation focus area for the land trust encompassing the band of mountain ridges from Union to Hope.

For more information on the Georges River Land Trust and its activities, visit georgesriver.org, email info@grlt.org or call 594-5166.

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