The project, which will take place primarily in summer and fall of 2015, will develop histories of selected farm sites in a mini-region in north-central Massachusetts comprised of the towns of Warwick, Orange, Athol, Petersham, Barre, and Hardwick. These materials will serve as starting-points for both informal conversations and more focused discussion about the challenges faced by small-scale farmers in the area over a very long time span.
The project has several overlapping goals:
- to develop new historical knowledge about key sites within Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust’s extensive farmland protection efforts in its 23-town service region
- to engage new publics with farmland use and protection issues
- to add historical depth to ongoing civic and public efforts to strengthen the region’s agricultural economy.
Image: Detail from Walling & Gray’s 1871 Railway & Township Map of Massachusetts