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Holliston farm to be preserved for agriculture

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Thistle Dew Farm in Holliston will be completely conserved by a profitable public-private effort.

Hollison and the state on Oct. 21 collectively bought an agricultural preservation restriction on 28 acres of the Highland Street farm from its longtime proprietor, Charlie Nickerson.

Under an APR, the property proprietor commits to conserving the land as farmland. The 28 acres constitutes the complete property besides for a 5-acre space that features the farmhouse and a storage/barn.

Holliston is masking $500,000 of the general $1.1 million APR buy value. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources contributed $465,588. The Sudbury Valley Trustees raised $150,000 in non-public donations to cowl the rest of the acquisition value and associated bills.

Mass Audubon, which owns the adjoining Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary, assisted the Sudbury Valley Trustees’ fund drive by securing a $100,000 contribution from an nameless donor.

Holliston’s Outpost Farm had been leasing the 28 acres and has now bought that portion of the farm, which carries the restriction preserving the land for agriculture, in accordance to the Sudbury Valley Trustees. Outpost will use the land, which it bought for $290,000, to develop its farming operations, in accordance to Outpost’s proprietor, Adrian Collins.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.