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Preserve Lee’s Farm. A Presentation to the Community Preservation Committee By LEES/Pine Brook Associations With The Bongiorno Family and Oxbow Partners. Why Are We Here Today.

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preserve lee s farm

Preserve Lee’s Farm

A Presentation to the Community Preservation Committee


LEES/Pine Brook Associations


The Bongiorno Family and Oxbow Partners

why are we here today
Why Are We Here Today

To ask the Community Preservation Committee to consider funding a proposal to preserve the old Lee’s Farm property. This is a multi dimensional proposal that preserves our history and our land, saves a rural street scape on a historic road, and supports the creation of a community farm – a CSA – and a renovated farm stand where families can buy locally grown foods

presentation agenda
Presentation Agenda
  • Introduction and vision - Joan Blair
  • Family history – Tony and Paul Bongiorno
  • Site Layout – Bill Sterling
  • Financial Plan - Oxbow Partners: Peter Smith and Kevin Maguire and LEES/Pine Brook: Joan Blair
  • Questions
  • Summary/Follow up
who we are
Who We Are
  • LEES/Pine Brook Associations

groups of concerned citizens have dedicated nights and weekends to highlight the importance of saving the farm and worked tirelessly to bring together town interests and business partners to create a viable idea to save Lee’s Farm from development

  • Bongiorno Family – owners of the land; longtime farmers and Lee’s farm stand owners
  • Oxbow Partners – Kevin Maguire and Peter Smith; builders/developers of Oxbow Homes on the former Nike site on Oxbow Rd
  • Neighbors of the property
who we are1
Who We Are
  • More than 350 supporters
  • We’re from

all over Wayland

Map courtesy of Jordan Schuler

why has so much effort gone into this proposal
Why Has So Much Effort Gone into This Proposal?
  • Our roots
    • Farming – 150 years, Thoreau cited Wayland as a farming town
    • Location on historic Boston Post Road
  • Keep Wayland semi rural; more like Weston, less like Marlboro. Don’t want traffic associated with dense development
    • Do want a farm stand and fields of crops
  • Concerned about Environment and Food
    • Create a CSA – farmed by a farmer, one buys shares allowing pick up of a season’s worth of fresh produce; for non shareholders - a farm stand with local produce
    • Local food movement – locavores – eat locally know where your food is grown
    • Reduce Carbon footprint – lettuce flown in from CA wastes energy
    • Teach our children – after school and summer classes
  • Location
    • Religious diversity adjacent - Mosque, Temple, Y camp, Church, and nearby churches
    • Opportunities for learning and working together, supplying our food banks,
  • Opportunity to preserve and enhance the character of our town
  • Many models of CSAs, we have consulted with them, and we will pick the one that best serves our community.
rows not strips
Rows Not Strips

Framingham Strip Mall

Stearns Farm, Natick


Proposed site plan of Wayland Community Farm

Plan courtesy of Sterling Associates, Architects

follow up
Follow Up
  • Volunteer our time and energy
  • Engage with Town committees, neighbors and residents
  • Work to preserve our Town’s historical landscape and unique modern character

Proposed farm stand Wayland Community Farm

Sketch courtesy of Sterling Associates, Architects