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; shefland@bcn.net

Bow Wow Farm Agricultural Preservation Restriction

The 400-acre Chase property consists of fields, forest, wetlands and uplands including extensive core BioMap2 habitat, Willard Brook and prime agricultural soils, along Lime Kiln and Bow Wow roads, and abuts the westerly border of the two other protected parcels and the Appalachian Trail. The fields are used by the Jacquiers and the Pothuls and the main house is now being leased to the Pothul’s grandson, Ronnie; helping keep the houses with the farm and into farmer ownership will be part of the project. This is essential to the sustainability and viability of the farm. On its own, the main house was too expensive for Ronnie and the family because of the market where second home buyers can always afford to pay more. With SLT and the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires (CLTSB) acquiring the land under the house to remove its speculative value from the cost, it enables the current farmer to purchase the house itself (with a 99-year renewable and inheritable lease on the land) and for the house to remain affordable for future farmers. Having the house in farm ownership is especially critical because it is directly across from the barns where a non-farm owner could create significant conflicts. The property contains rare species habitat in addition to the crop and grazing land, as well as being located in the middle of the Corridor and being highly visible from the Appalachian Trail and other points. Recreationally it is a favorite biking, running and dog walking route, and historically it is near the Shays Rebellion site and has been farmed since the 1700s. The window of opportunity to protect this valuable agricultural, scenic and economic resource is now. The Bow Wow Farm APR will link the eastern and western ends of the Sheffield-Egremont Corridor, preserving a working landscape and wildlife habitat extending from the Housatonic River to the Taconic Mountains. We are raising $450,000 toward the local share of this $2 million agricultural preservation restriction. To make a contribution or pledge, please print and mail our donation or pledge form. Contributions to SLT are tax-deductible. Thank you!