Next Steps at Bender Melon Farm Preserve Begin!

January 2022

Late in December 2021, MHLC completed the sale of a 20-acre portion of the Bender Melon Farm property along Route 85. The transaction will keep a portion of the property on the New Scotland commercial tax role, and it supports the development of a hamlet zone at the intersection of Routes 85a and Route 85. The hamlet zone vision resulted from an extensive planning effort that followed a public debate over the future of the Bender Property when the possibility of a large-scale commercial development of the parcel seemed imminent. By allowing the development of a small portion of the 190-acre Bender Melon Farm, we are working to create a balance between the built and natural environment in one of the only commercially zoned areas in New Scotland.

Proceeds from the sale will also support many projects planned for the remaining 175-acres of the Bender Melon Farm Preserve, including the demolition of the fallen buildings, additional property clean-up, and trail planning. MHLC hopes to begin property clean-up this winter. View the Bender Melon Farm story map to learn more!

Look for plenty of volunteer opportunities at Bender Melon Farm this spring and summer. Plans for an Earth Day 2022 clean-up on the property are in progress as well. All workdays will be posted to the volunteer calendar and updated throughout the year. We welcome you to join us in making Bender Melon Farm a community asset!

NOTE: We will begin accepting new volunteer applications in March as we prepare for the spring and summer seasons. Check our volunteer website after 3/1/2022 to sign-up.

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