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Saving Spruce Acres Farm


Photo: Craig Issod

Thank you for helping to conserve Spruce Acres Farm!

ALT is pleased to report that the $2.1 million effort to purchase and permanently conserve Spruce Acres Farm has been successful.

A nearly year-long fundraising effort has resulted in over 425 individual gifts to ALT for Spruce Acres Farm. Donations were made from the Town of Middletown, Town of Portsmouth, the Rhode Island Agricultural Lands Preservation Commission, the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, The Gewirz Family, and hundreds of ALT members and supporters.

This beautiful 22.6-acre property on the Portsmouth/Middletown line was in immediate danger of development. Thanks to hundreds of donations from members and supporters, Spruce Acres Farm will be permanently conserved and made publicly accessible. As part of the Sisson Pond watershed, an important water source for our island community, Spruce Acres has a very high conservation value. It abuts other preserved land parcels and its conservation will enlarge the Center Island Greenway and preserve a core of open space and wildlife/bird habitat – forever. In addition, its publicly accessible open space, hiking trails and 100% USDA prime soil  make it a superb asset for all Islanders and visitors.

Thank you to the many individuals, businesses, and municipalities who have pledged their support of this important effort.  We are still accepting donations for Spruce Acres Farm, as there are additional costs associated with making the property safe and available for public use. All contributions are welcomed and appreciated!  Donations of $1,000 or more will be included in the Leadership Launch circle.  Leadership donors will be invited to private events including cocktail receptions and guided trails walks on the property.

Every bit helps; thank you for your contribution to building a foundation for the future of ALT.

Join our Leadership Circle today and help us save Spruce Acres!

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The acquisition of Spruce Acres Farm will build the capacity of ALT as a whole. We would have sufficient land and structures to lead programming and outreach, store necessary equipment for land management activities, and provide hands-on volunteer training to better manage our lands and conservation initiatives throughout Aquidneck Island. For future fundraising and education, Spruce Acres could serve as an exemplary site to connect our members to the land and emphasize the importance of conservation on a fast developing island. The conservation of Spruce Acres Farm will provide permanent open space, ensure irreplaceable watershed protection, and create healthy recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike, in perpetuity.

Leadership Circle

1772 Foundation
Richard & Nancy Adams
Anthony & Allison Allott
Bill Bagwill & Nancy Stafford
Daniel Bennett
Chris & Catharine Benzak
Andrew & Christine Berry
The Bigbird Fund
Michael Blitzer
Lesley Brooking-Elms
John & Elizabeth Brooks
Carolann Brown
Mary Bush-Brown
Nicholas Brown
John & Mary Burney
John & Jane Burton
Donna Cameron (in memory of Richard Welk)
Dayton Carr (in honor of Meg & Don Steiner)
Stacey Carter
Ed & Julia Coll
Lyn & Peggy Comfort
Sandra Craig
James & Joannah Daley
Anne & Peter Damon
Caryn & Joe Demoulas
Steve & Julie DeLeo
Sheila Desrochers
Lilly Dick (in memory of Ronnie Dick)
Cathy Dinardo
EJMP Fund for Philanthropy
Richard & Lois Eberhard
David & Marilyn Ferkinhoff
Johanna & Chuck Fitzpatrick
Linn & Steve Freedman
Sarah Frost
James & Dorothy Garman
Anne Garnett
The Gewirz Family
Peter & Diana Gonzalez
Jack & Pam Grant
David Guertin (in memory of Andy Arkway)
Stephen Haire, Esq.
Kim Herrlinger
Tom Hockaday & Bill Martin
The Howell Family Charitable Foundation
Island Farm Homeowners Association, Inc.
Nancy Jamison & Steve McInnis
Holly Janney
Steve & Irene Johnson
Jane & Steve Kirkpatrick
Pauline & Dennis Klodner
Joseph Kobylak
The LaMond Family (in memory of Paul LaMond)
Jim Lanzillo
Chris & Susan Ledoux
The Loebs Family Foundation
Tom & Gabi Lowe
Kristin MacMannis
Mark & Maureen Marosits
Newport Tent Company
Nunes-Kalil Family
Tim & Dorothy O’Reilly
Bettie & Jonathan Pardee
Carol & Wayne Pembrook
George & Sue Petrovas
James & Virginia Purviance
Frank Ray (in memory of Ronnie Dick)
John & Suzanne Reid
William & Donna Richards
Denise Roberts
Susan Ruf
Saccucci Honda (in memory of Gillian Hall)
Stephen Sams & Kate Rooney
Savings Institute Bank & Trust Board of Directors (in memory of William Harvey, Esq.)
Regina Schwarzenberg
Lorna & Jerry Shafir
Jocelyn & Buck Sherman
Susan & Dwight Sipprelle
Ed & Kate Sisk
Meg & Don Steiner
William & Mary Stevens
Todd & Lisa Stiles
Krista & CJ Sturtevant
Dr. Mark Sutherland
Liz & Peter Tardiff
Vic & Ginny Trautwein
Linda Ujifusa & J. Mark Ryan
Bob & Barbara Victor
Eric & Elaine Williams
Elizabeth & William Winthrop