Wike Brothers Farm

Project Description

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2015 Excellence in Conservation Organization Nomination by the Connecticut Farmland Trust! 

Project Scope:

Protecting Wike Brothers Farm demonstrates even when a project spans seven years in two phases, requires the coordination of three separate federal and state agencies each with its own sets of rules and regulations, and involves significant fundraising, it can still happen.

Quick Facts:

One of Sharon’s oldest and largest family farms, Wike Brothers Farm has been owned and worked by the same family for seven generations. The historic 268-acre farm — which has evolved from a dairy to a diversified operation that supports grass fed chickens, pigs, and cattle – is an active part of Sharon’s farming community of more than 1,340 acres. $1.43 Million Easement Purchase . . . 4,300-Acre Conservation Landscape . . . 268.25 Acres of Protected Farmland . . . 5 Public & Private Entities . . . 2.7-mile Public Trail 1 Extraordinary Farm!

Farming Legacy:

One of Sharon’s oldest and largest family farms, Wike Brothers Farm has been owned and worked by the same family for seven generations. The historic 268-acre farm — which has evolved from a dairy to a diversified operation that supports grass fed chickens, pigs, and cattle – is an active part of Sharon’s farming community of more than 1,340 acres.

Public Access

This summer, Sharon Land Trust will unveil a new 2.7-acre hiking trail traversing the ridgeline of Red Mountain. It was made possible, in part, due to the preservation of Wike Brothers Farm on the western side of White Hollow Road. The property also contributes to open space linkages along the Housatonic Riverbelt Greenway, identified by the Highlands Coalition as one of the “Critical Treasures of Connecticut’s Highlands.”

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