One of the oldest regional land trusts in Massachusetts, the Wildlands Trust has helped protect nearly 10,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands across the state and maintains nearly 250 protected properties and trails. The organization recently celebrated the opening of a new Community Conservation Barn at their Davis-Douglas Farm headquarters in Plymouth.
Inspired by a structure that once stood on the property, the new barn, built by Scorpio Craftsmen, has seating for up to 80 people and a full kitchen, two TV screens and a built-in sound system. The venue will serve as a home base for people embarking on guided trail hikes or participating in volunteer activities and will host numerous community events, including a monthly potluck dinner this winter where attendees can bring a dish to share and learn more about the Wildlands Trust. On January 18, craft brewers from Independent Fermentations Brewing in Plymouth will host an educational homebrewing session at the barn, where guests will learn about the brewing process.
“This program really aligns with our mission because IndieFerm uses locally grown ingredients, supporting area farmers,” says Rachel Calderara, program coordinator and educator at the Wildlands Trust. —Jillian Comoletti