Mount Grace to hold Annual Meeting at Captain’s Farm in Winchendon

  • The view from Captain's Farm in Winchendon, where the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust will hold its 35th annual meeting Oct. 2. Photo/NORM EGGERT PHOTOGRAPHY

Staff Report
Published: 9/21/2021 1:33:35 PM
Modified: 9/21/2021 1:33:36 PM

WINCHENDON — On Saturday, Oct. 2, the public is invited to celebrate Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust’s 35th Annual Meeting at Captain’s Farm in Winchendon. The celebration will be hosted by Liz and Nate Schroeder on their conserved land at 106 Elmwood Road starting at 11 a.m.

Since 1986, Mount Grace has protected over 35,000 acres across North Central and Western Mass. Thousands of those acres have been conserved in Winchendon, including Murdock Farm and Dairy Bar, Fern Glenn Conservation Area, and most recently Sunset View Farm, now Mount Grace’s fourth Whole Farm Forever. Mount Grace will celebrate these conservation projects as well as upcoming plans to add a trail at Whitney Memorial Forest on Benjamin Hill.

“We invite everyone to join us and are excited to take this opportunity to announce the increased capacity of our Climate and Land Justice program,” said Executive Director Emma Ellsworth. “We acknowledge the shared histories of Indigenous and Colonialists and are hopeful that by coming together we can find a way to move forward through our shared love of the land.”

To highlight this history and collaboration, Fred Freeman of the Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, Inc. will give a keynote speech and Andre StrongBearHeart Gaines Jr. of the Nipmuc Nation with youth will perform a traditional dance that honors the land and our relationships.

The day will also feature locally sourced lunch and drinks, kids’ activities, a guided walk of the property by Eric White, and more.

In 2007, Mount Grace worked with then-owner Eric White to protect Captain’s Farm, a 41-acre property. Since then, Liz and Nate Schroeder have purchased the property and have made it their home. “It certainly was attractive to us that all this land could never be developed and added to the beauty of the property,” said Nate Schroeder.

Pre-registration is required and can be done at mountgrace.org or by reaching out to James Holcomb at holcomb@mountgrace.org or at 978-541-1768. Tickets are $35 including lunch and one drink ticket, children 12 and under eat for free. For any questions regarding the event, please contact Marielena Lima at lima@mountgrace.org or (978) 541-1762.


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