The Farm at Walden Woods, owned and operated by the Walden Woods Project, preserves an active, highly visible, and productive agricultural landscape, protects historic Walden Woods, and supports the growing efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the food we eat.
Protecting Walden Woods
Prime farmland is continuing to disappear at alarming rates throughout Massachusetts and the nation as a whole. The Farm at Walden Woods is one of the most highly-visible rural landscapes within the metropolitan Boston area, with close to 50,000 cars passing by on Route 2 every day. The conservation of this farm by the Walden Woods Project represented the critical opportunity to prevent large-scale development at the western gateway of Walden Woods and to protect an important piece of agricultural land that contributes to the preservation of the Walden Woods ecosystem. The sale of farm products will directly support The Farm at Walden Woods and will also fund the Walden Woods Project’s efforts to protect more land within historic Walden Woods.
The Farm at Walden Woods helps protect an adjacent 50 acres of land owned and managed by the Walden Woods Project. The Farm also safeguards the Hubbard Brook and its headwater wetlands at the northern end of Fairhaven Hill, an important landscape in Thoreau’s writing.
Fairhaven Hill, with over 340 acres of conservation land and miles of walking trails, is under the stewardship of the Walden Woods Project, the Town of Concord, the Concord Land Conservation Trust, the Town of Lincoln, and the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust. The acquisition of The Farm at Walden Woods by the Walden Woods Project presents wonderful opportunities to establish walking trail connections throughout this conservation landscape.
There is a growing movement supporting local agriculture as a means of protecting open space and the rural character of towns where farms were historically significant. Purchasing locally-grown food, as opposed to food that has traveled great distances, significantly reduces the carbon footprint of what we eat. The Walden Woods Project’s purchase of the Farm (in continuous agricultural production since 1928) continues its agricultural legacy and maintains an important source of locally-grown produce. The preservation of the Farm has important cultural benefits for all who appreciate the pastoral views afforded by the land.
The Walden Woods Ecosystem
Walden Pond is at the heart of Walden Woods – a 2,680 acre ecological unit located in Concord and Lincoln, Massachusetts. Walden Woods was the inspiration for nearly all of Thoreau’s writings on conservation, stewardship, and sustainability. Today, approximately 77% of Walden Woods is protected by the Walden Woods Project, the Concord and Lincoln Land trusts, and by state and town ownership.
Development continues to threaten unprotected sites, including a 36 acre former landfill in Concord, close to Walden Pond.