Innovative farming strategies and a comprehensive master plan give the land managers at Battle Road Farms and Minuteman National Historical Park tools to rebuild the ecological integrity of the land and implement historic agricultural practices.

Battle Road Farm at The Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord, MA

The Minute Man National Historical Park protects 845 acres of farmland, forest, fields and wetlands where the first battles of the U.S. Revolutionary War were fought. Each year over 1.5 million visitors pass through the park’s working farms, meadows, wetlands, forests. The natural and historical resources of the Park provide exciting opportunities for recreation as well as direct farm sales, farm-based education, and seasonal events.

In 2013, Regenerative Design Group developed a plan for the Battle Road portion of the park to help the Trustees of Reservations and the National Parks Service evaluate and capitalize on the agricultural  opportunities of the land while enhancing ecological, economic and cultural opportunities in this historic landscape.

Working with historic land use studies, current ecological data, satellite imagery and existing land cover patterns, RDG crafted a series of analyses and recommendations to unify divergent aims. RDG produced a series of illustrations and technical specifications for recommended regenerative farming strategies suitable for each of the land use typologies in the Battle Road focus area. The renderings convey the unique look and feel of these strategies as an attractive new pattern language for the park.

Key Features

  • Enhanced ecological services
  • Sustainable grazing lands and silvopasture
  • Productive conservation land and wetland buffers
  • Increase access and visitor experience
  • Hedgerows and living fences for wildlife habitat

Services Provided

  • Facilitation of multi-agency visioning
  • Assessment of agro-ecological potential
  • Development of land use typology
  • Illustrated pattern language for ecological agriculture
  • Recommended action plan

Battle Road Farm is a working farm that utilizes sustainable social, environmental, and economic practices to provide healthy local food to area residents and visitors. Our farm is designed to offer the public an opportunity to observe elements of agrarian heritage that range from 18th century through modern times. Through our collaboration with the National Park Service we offer fun, educational, farm-related experiences and programs for diverse audiences.

Draft Mission Statement from July 2013 Working Group Meeting