Still in private ownership and protected by conservation easements, the land is leased to Desmond Samuda, who grows, among other things, specialty produce for the area's West Indian community. The farm serves as an experiential classroom for kids of all ages to learn about conservation and agriculture, and provides a place for neighbors to gather, plant and harvest food for themselves and their community.
The land is also valuable for conservation: It is surrounded by a wooded buffer, offers neighborhood access to walking trails, and provides quality wildlife habitat adjacent to the town of Windsor's Meadow Brook Wildlife Corridor.
Last month I had a chance to tour the farm at the land trust's Harvest Day; with games, demonstrations, guided walks and an opportunity to see the community gardens and new greenhouse*, the place was packed.
Farmer Desmond Samuda introduces a very proud community gardener