The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 25, 1999


Conservation Foundation hosts celebration of farming

On Sunday, the Carlisle Conservation Foundation/Carlisle Land Trust (CCF/CLT) held its annual meeting at the Harring barn at the corner of Acton and West Streets. What started out as a fairly typical annual meeting ended up being a celebration of farming and farmland in Carlisle.

During the meeting, several board members spoke about recent land preservation projects. Wayne Davis gave a summary of the cooperative efforts of the town, CLT and numerous individuals to save the Wang-Coombs Land. President Art Milliken encouraged people to consider land donations or conservation restrictions. The CCF is willing to help individuals consider conservation restrictions, and even has some funds to help landowners with the costs of surveys and legal fees.

Meeting business

The mission of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation is to conserve land in Carlisle, but to do so in a way that celebrates the heritage of Carlisle and connects people in all different areas of town to the rural beauty, the farming tradition and historical significance of the land. The foundation was formed in 1960 as a non-profit organization to hold and preserve land. Later, the auxiliary organization, the Carlisle Land Trust, was formed to engage in limited development projects as a new way to preserve part of a parcel when the cost of acquiring an entire piece of open space was out of reach. During the past several years, all directors served simultaneously for both organizations. This year, however, the foundation board was increased to 16 members, while the land trust board was reduced to eleven members.

The officers of CCF/CLT are Milliken as president, Fontaine Richardson as treasurer, and Jay Luby as clerk. Outgoing directors Eric Darling and John Dalton were thanked for their many years of volunteer work for CCF and CLT. Three Carlisle residents joined the foundation board of directors for three-year terms.

New CCF board members include Heidi Reichenbach Harring, who grew up in Carlisle and works for BankBoston as part of a research and development group, building businesses for the Internet. Steve Hinton, an environmental engineer, will also join the CCF board, bringing with him the knowledge gained during his many years on the Carlisle Conservation Commission. The third new CCF director is Larry Sorli, a lifetime resident of Carlisle, and an active member of the Historical Society. He has worked for the National Park Service for ten years, and is an architect who specializes in the preservation and renovation of historic buildings.

Tour of Valentines' farm

After the annual meeting, Acton Street residents Betty and Jack Valentine took the entourage on a tour of Stillmeadow Farm. Jack, decked out in his infamous straw hat, recounted how on his 40th birthday some friends gave him a "gag" gift of a heifer. Thirty-five years later, Jack was sharing his extensive knowledge and love of cows, advantages of growing alfalfa, and explaining farm equipment and vehicles to an interested audience. His information was news to most of the group, except for the Sorli family, who added comments about their experience running a poultry farm and managing farmland on Westford Street. It was a memorable time for all.

Marjie Findlay and Betsy Fell are board members of CCF/CLT.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito