Community Farm Master Plan, Dracut, MA
Regenerative Design Group was hired to complete a master plan with a phased implementation plan, a farm enterprise financial summary, and a six-year profit and loss projection to revitalize a 27-acre discontinued family farm. The vision was to develop a community-based agricultural enterprise that engages the public through educational programming and agritourism. The plans included information about regenerative agricultural practices that support soil health while producing food for local markets, and provide farming and farm training opportunities to members of surrounding communities.
For this project, RDG facilitated communication and a visioning process with the Trustees of Reservations and the farm family in order to develop a plan that met both the land trust’s and the family’s needs. Located in an area of New England where farmland is under constant threat of development, some of the goals for this project included engaging the community in the farm landscape, establishing a commercial kitchen, and creating a viable business model to contribute to regional farm development.
The final product included detailed site plans for new farm infrastructure and a 25-page illustrated report with project goals, GIS site analyses, a phased implementation plan, and a detailed enterprise budget with six-year projected income for diversified farm production.