Saturday, November 17, 2007

Little Compton Purchases More Open Space

"The Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust has announced the purchase of 28 acres of fields, forests and vineyards from Albert and Mary Jane Peckham. The acreage, which now nourishes nursery stock, vegetables and vineyards, has been in continuous agricultural use since Albert's great-grandfather bought it 140 years ago."

The family is retaining some of the property for themselves which includes Peckham's Greenhouse. This property borders the Waston Resevoir - part of the Newport Water system.

"The purchase of the Peckham property was financed by Little Compton property transfer tax funds, a $500,000 donation from the Peckhams, and a $400,000 Open Space Grant from the Rhode Island Natural Heritage Preservation Commission Open Space Conservation & Acquisition Grant Program. Without future state bond fund investments in open space and farmland, places such as the Peckham project may not be able to be preserved in the future, LCACT officers said."

Thanks to the Sakonnet Times for the story.
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