Dedication of The Trustees Newest Reservation, Land of Providence

Contact Information

Jocelyn Forbush, Regional Director
413.532.1631
jforbush@ttor.org
 

Holyoke, Massachusetts – The Sisters of Providence, a Community of Catholic Sisters in Holyoke, and The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), one of Massachusetts’ leading land protection organizations, are pleased to invite the public to a dedication ceremony on September 23, 2009 at 2PM to celebrate the Sisters’ gift of 25 acres of land to The Trustees of Reservations. This gift will create The Trustees’ 102nd reservation, named Land of Providence, which The Trustees will care for and open to the public for outdoor recreation and educational activities. The Sisters of Providence, who have a long history of care and stewardship of the community in Holyoke, donated the 25 acres of farm fields and woodlands located along the Connecticut River in Holyoke to The Trustees in June 2009. A portion of the property is currently being used by Nuestras Raíces, a vibrant, local, grassroots organization, for urban farming program focused on the training of migrant and immigrant farmers.

“The Sisters’ gift of Land of Providence to The Trustees is really a gift to the whole community,” says Regional Director Jocelyn Forbush. “The Trustees are looking forward to sharing this beautiful piece of land and all it has to offer with public and we are especially excited for Nuestras Raices’ innovative agricultural programs to continue to thrive on the site.”

The dedication ceremony on the 23rd will give the Sisters of Providence an opportunity to formally present the property to the Holyoke community and for the community to visit and learn about The Trustees’ plans for the new reservation.

The public is invited to attend the dedication event, and, following a short ceremony, guided tours of the property will be given by members of The Trustees staff. Members of the Sisters of Providence and members and staff of The Trustees and Nuestras Raíces will be in attendance. To attend, RSVP by calling 413.532.1631 x13 or email pvregion@ttor.org. Parking for the event will be at the Jones Ferry Marina.

Just a few days after the dedication ceremony on September 26, 2009, the 16th annual Festival de la Cosecha (Harvest Festival) of Nuestras Raíces will be held from 12Noon - 6PM at Nuestras Raices’ La Finca - 24 Jones Ferry Road - and the adjacent Land of Providence reservation. This unique event is open to the public and celebrates the harvest, pride and productivity of the community as well as builds the strength of the community with educational resources for families. The festival includes live music, traditional farm-fresh and Caribbean foods, demonstrations of Paso Fino Horses, and children’s activities amidst the lush farms overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River. Come join in the celebrations of both the dedication and harvest of this beautiful land.

About the Sisters of Providence
The Sisters of Providence, pioneers in the health and social services fields since their 1873 arrival in western Massachusetts, have a long history of being in the forefront of innovative, creative initiatives to meet the needs of the people they serve. In 1993, as the global community was waking to the critical ecological and conservation needs of Mother Earth, they formulated “Directional Statements” that both call and challenge them to “make all decisions in light of their impact on women, Earth and the poor. In order to achieve this personal and communal transformation in our attitude and behaviors,” the statements further read, “ we will engage in education, networking, and collaboration . . . . “

Placing these 25 acres of the Congregation’s agriculturally rich land under the guardianship of The Trustees of Reservations, land The Trustees named “Land of Providence” is a very visible sign the Sisters’ are faithful witnesses of their word. 

About the Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100% member-supported by 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values -- a love of the land, the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England – as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting these special places for everyone, forever.

Since 2001, The Trustees have been building a stronger conservation presence in the Pioneer Valley region with educational and grassroots community outreach programs and the pursuit of significant land conservation opportunities. Currently, The Trustees own and manage 13 spectacular properties in the region. These include Notchview, the Bryant Homestead, Dinosaur Footprints, Chapel Brook, Bear Swamp, Chesterfield Gorge, Petticoat Hill, Glendale Falls, Little Tom Mountain (to open 2012), and Peaked Mountain. Recent acquisitions which will open to the public in the future include the Bullitt Reservation, Mt. Warner Reservation, and Land of Providence. The Trustees locally operate the Highland Communities Initiative (HCI), a program created to protect the natural and cultural character of 38 rural hilltowns located between the Connecticut and Housatonic Rivers. To find out more about HCI, visit www.highlandcommunities.org.

Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations is the nation's oldest statewide land conservation trust and nonprofit conservation organization. With over 100 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres – all open to the public – Trustees properties are tremendously diverse. From mountains, open meadows and parks, to working farms, stately homes and gardens, 70 miles of stunning coastline and five National Historic landmarks, Trustees reservations offer something for everyone.