A concerted effort is underway to preserve the historic MacDonald Farm, the last remaining unprotected open space on Scituate’s First Cliff. A warrant article seeking approval from Scituate voters to support the purchase will be presented at the upcoming Special Town Meeting on November 14.

View the wonders of MacDonald Farm above. Drone footage recorded by NOAA.

The 5-acre MacDonald Farm:

  • Includes 600 feet of frontage on Scituate Harbor

  • Abuts other open space parcels and NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

  • Provides habitat for shorebirds and other avian species

  • Is a significant part of the viewshed from multiple vantage points in the harbor

  • Serves as a critical link in a proposed coastal walking trail that will connect with the town’s Maritime Center and the harbor. 

The Farm also has a lengthy and distinguished agricultural history: From colonial times up until the present, it has supported a wide range of agricultural endeavors including row crops and salt marsh hay harvesting, and has even hosted livestock at times. 

Wildlands Trust is a co-sponsor of the MacDonald Farm project and is working with multiple partners, including NOAA, to help advance the proposed acquisition. The project has received the approval of numerous Town boards and committees, including the Community Preservation Committee, Selectmen, Planning Board, and Recreation Commission, and is attracting new supporters every day as word of the project spreads. 

There is no certainty that we will have another chance to preserve the MacDonald Farm and it is essential that we take advantage of the opportunity now before us. We are working to raise $60,000 to dedicate to the farm’s preservation. You can support the purchase of this irreplaceable part of Scituate’s coastal heritage by making a tax-deductible donation to the MacDonald Farm Fund today.

Thank you for supporting this outstanding project!

*Banner photo of snowy owl is courtesy of Jim Petit.