Farm Planning, Dracut, MA
Regenerative Design Group was hired to facilitate a comprehensive farm planning process to revitalize a 27-acre 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 establishing regenerative agricultural practices, producing food for local markets, and providing farm training opportunities to members of surrounding communities.
For this project, RDG facilitated communication between The Trustees of Reservations and the clients in order to develop a farm planning document that met everyone’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.