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Smyrski Farm Preserve Expanded! Safeguarding Agricultural Heritage and Natural Beauty

Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy (NCLC) proudly announces the permanent protection of an additional four acres of pristine pastureland within the Smyrski Farm Preserve. This expansion underscores NCLC’s ongoing commitment to preserving the region’s agricultural legacy and natural landscapes.

Smyrski Farm Preserve, NCLC’s flagship agricultural property, has been an integral part of the local community since 2008. Initially gifted to NCLC through a generous bequest from siblings Sophie and John Smyrski, the 220-acre farm is now leased to dedicated local farmers. Linda and Nick Pouder of Mayapple Hill Farm raise Coopworth sheep and produce a variety of sustainable products, including grass-fed lamb, pastured pork, fresh eggs, wool, yarn, woolen blankets, and small-batch maple syrup. Bill Stuart Jr. of Stuart Family Farm grazes part of his herd of red angus cattle on the preserve.

The 220-acre farm, which protects over a mile of the West Aspetuck River—a pristine drinking water resource—is home to historic white barns and the iconic 1763 red barn, both listed on the State’s register of historic buildings. NCLC also uses the farm and its red barn for educational and community programs.

While the original bequest in 2008 included most of the farm, a crucial four-acre parcel, adjacent to the historic red barn, was not part of the Smyrski family’s ownership but was vital to the overall integrity of the farm. With the active support of the local community, NCLC was able to acquire and permanently protect this inholding, ensuring the continuity of the farm and the use of the property for educational and community events.

“NCLC extends heartfelt gratitude to the community members whose unwavering support recognized the historic, agricultural, and ecological significance of preserving Smyrski Farm. This collective effort ensures that this treasured landmark will benefit the generations to come,” said Catherine Rawson, Executive Director.

An aerial view of Smyrski Farm in New Milford, Connecticut.