A Family's Trust

A Family's Trust

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Learn more about Community Supported Agriculture at Moraine Farm.

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2011 Annual Report issue of Special Places, The Trustees' member magazine. To subscribe, join The Trustees today.


Conservationists of the Year

For more than 40 years, Mimi Batchelder-Brown and her late husband George Batchelder immersed themselves in the restoration, improvement, and permanent protection of Moraine Farm. A denuded sheep pasture in the 1870s, its 180 acres of farmland, woodland, meadows, and ornamental plantings overlooking Wenham Lake are one of the most important surviving Olmsted-designed private landscapes in the country. This working farm and forest embodies the innovation of Frederick Law Olmsted, who sculpted a gently beautiful landscape, created as a self-sustaining refuge for the Phillips family at the end of the 19th century. 

Today, the land and historic buildings at Moraine a Farm are protected, forever, through a unique partnership among The Trustees and Essex County Greenbelt Association, the Cape Ann Waldorf School, Project Adventure, and the Batchelder Family Trust. The Trustees and Greenbelt have held the conservation and historic preservation restrictions on this property since 1991. In 2010, the Batchelder family gave The Trustees 37.7 acres, including a beautiful sweep of highly productive farmland, a lakeside esker, and two nearby lots to sell for capital. The result: The first season of our Moraine Farm CSA project. All thanks to the vision of Mimi Batchelder-Brown, her late husband George, and their three sons Van, Terry, and Kim and their families, our 2011 Conservationists of the Year.