community center that offers visitors a chance to participate in on-site programming, listen to leaders from various disciplines and backgrounds, view beautiful artwork and get close to nature. Grace farms has something to offer for every New England season, from walking trails and community themed activities in the summer, to foliage viewing and opportunities to take breath taking photos in the autumn to bird watching and animal track finding on the 1-mile walking trail that remains open in the winter.
Sharon Prince is the Chair and President of Grace Farms Foundation which oversees the entire operation. Grace Farms is her brainchild, including the idea of sharing the land amongst the public and various nonprofits. Through her vision, Grace Farms has won numerous awards including for it’s environmental sustainability and social good. Sharon has also fought for the end of child exploitation and human trafficking through the Foundation, including working with the United Nations in this endeavor.
Upon acquisition of the land that became Grace Farms, one of the major goals of the foundation was to restore the land that was once home of an equestrian facility back to it’s natural habitat consisting of vast meadowlands so that indigenous birds, bees and butterflies may return to the area. Through the Nature Initiative at Grace Farms, visitors can explore the acreage and appreciate the return of many native species.
Grace farms also hosts a community garden that also offers community classes to teach sustainable farming methods. Produce grown in the garden is used on-site or given to local food banks. Also, Grace Farms hosts a large Earth Day celebration each year, with demonstrations, speakers and family-friendly activities planned to enrich the minds of the public about the importance of human/wildlife coexistence, environmental sustainability and other green methods of living.
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