DOAG: BEEF CATTLE FARM FIRST TO BE PROTECTED IN COVENTRY UNDER STATE PRESERVATION PROGRAM


 

 

BEEF CATTLE FARM FIRST TO BE PROTECTED IN COVENTRY UNDER

STATE PRESERVATION PROGRAM      

May 24, 2017

 

COVENTRY An 83-acre beef cattle farm established along the banks of the Willimantic River in the 1920s will forever remain available for agricultural production after being protected under the state’s Farmland Preservation Program.

 

The development rights to Reynolds Farm on Flanders Road (pictured above) were sold to the state under a partnership that included financial contributions from the Town of Coventry and the Connecticut Farmland Trust.

 

It is the first farm to be protected in Coventry under the state preservation program.   

 

More than two-thirds of the farm, used for cattle pasture and to grow corn and hay for the herd, is prime farmland soils.

 

It also includes 1,870 feet of frontage on the westerly bank of the Willimantic River and is adjacent to Hytone Farm, a member farm of The Farmer’s Cow dairy collaboration.

 

Reynolds Farm is also located within a town Preservation Focus Area due to its functional, cultural and natural resource value.

 

A portion of the farm is owned by Roland E. Reynolds and his cousin Gary F. Reynolds.

 

The parcel on the easterly side of Flanders Road is owned by Roland Reynolds’ grandson, Roland D. Peila, who has named his land Rivers Bend Farm.

 

Roland Reynold’s great-grandparents had bought the farm in the early 1920s, and its preservation accomplishes his desire to protect the farm during his lifetime and to see his grandson run the operation.

 

 “This farm is a valuable resource for current agricultural production by the Reynolds family and for agricultural production by countless generations to come,” Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said. “We thank our partners for helping us preserve this land in perpetuity for the benefit of those who enjoy not only the farm’s products, but its beautiful working landscapes and contributions to our local and state economies.”