CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - One of the last working farms in Cromwell is being protected for future agriculture production by the state.
The state has acquired the development rights to the 47-acre Phoenix Farm.
More than 80 varieties of organic fruits and vegetables are grown at the farm, located near the busy intersection of Interstate 91 and Route 9.
Owner Christine Whitney, whose parents bought the farm in 1957, says she and her husband decided to preserve the farm after watching much of Cromwell’s farmland be developed into shopping plazas and housing. The farm dates back to the late 1800s.
The Community Farms Preservation Program focuses on smaller farms that don’t qualify for the state’s Farmland Preservation Program. Combined, the two programs have preserved 318 farms, including 15 in 2015.
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