At the end of February, The Town of Falmouth and The 300 Committee completed the acquisitions of Tony Andrews Farm and the adjacent Andrews’ family lands overlooking the Coonamessett River. This landmark project secures farming here in East Falmouth, continuing a century-old tradition, and fills in a critical link in the Coonamessett River Greenway. We are grateful for the support of many people who helped make this land preservation project a success: All the T3C friends and members who contributed to the acquisition; the Falmouth Community Preservation Committee; Falmouth Town Meeting members who voted in favor of this project at April and November 2017 Town Meetings; Town of Falmouth Selectmen and Administrators who worked with T3C through many details of the deal; the Falmouth Conservation Commission; the Tony Andrews Farm Working Group, whose enthusiasm for and commitment to farming in Falmouth are inspirational; The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, who provided invaluable advice and grant-writing support; and to the Massachusetts LAND and Conservation Partnership grant programs, that awarded critical funding support to the acquisitions.
The 46 acres of farmland and riverfront property are now protected in perpetuity. Plans are moving forward to keep the farm parcels as working agricultural lands–continuing to grow strawberries, sweet corn and other fruits, vegetables and flowers. And the waterfront lands will be preserved for conservation, water quality and habitat, and open to the public for passive recreation and the simple enjoyment of nature.