EMSWCD acquired this 57-acre property in 2011 when it was listed for sale and at risk of no longer being available for productive use by the local farming community. After leasing the property for many years to two commercial plant nursery operations, EMSWCD sold the property in early 2019 to a commercial nursery farmer. The farm was sold subject to a working farmland easement which ensures it will remain in active and productive agricultural use.
The easement also ensures the property will remain in the ownership of a farmer, and incorporates certain provisions intended to address the affordability of the farm for future purchasers. Approximately 14 acres of the property is comprised of forest, steep slopes and streams which drain to the Sandy River. For several years EMSWCD has made significant investments in enhancing the habitat quality of this area; the easement will also ensure this habitat is forever protected.