Dedicated to protecting the land essential to Sheffield’s natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character
The Sheffield Land Trust
Celebrating 25 years • 1989-2014
P.O. Box 940, 96 Main St., Sheffield, MA 01257-0940
Phone: 413 229-0234; Fax: 413 229-0239;

Balsam Hill Farm

Balsam Hill Farm is an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) success story! Thanks to the APR, this farm has a new owner -- local dairy farmer Morven Allen. The 153-acre farm on Hewins Street and Maple Avenue along the Housatonic River offers a unique combination of productive farmland and wildlife habitat. The farm is currently used for dairy and hay but it has sufficient acreage and alluvial soils suitable for almost any farm business. The recently completed APR conserves extensive riparian buffer for wildlife habitat and travel corridors and the farm's preservation will prevent fragmentation of this historic landscape. Local residents and visitors alike walk or bike along Hewins Street to enjoy the exercise and the views across the fields to the Housatonic River and the Taconic mountains in the distance. SLT has completed fund raising from the community to pay down a loan toward the local contribution on the APR as well as other project costs. To make a contribution or pledge toward other projects, please print and mail our donation or pledge form. Contributions to SLT are tax-deductible. Thank you!