Falmouth Commission Optimistic About Future of Tony Andrews Farm

FALMOUTH – The chairman of Falmouth’s Agricultural Commission is assuring selectmen that he is confident that Tony Andrews Farm will not fail under municipal ownership.

Stanwood Ingram informed the board that his commission is already looking in to mixed-use programming for the farm and potential ideas for some of the other land as well.

The Agricultural Commission is also considering plans to form a nonprofit organization to manage the Old Meeting House Road farm.

The town plans to purchase the 36.7 acres of farmland from the Andrews family for $2,050,000. The Falmouth Community Preservation Committee has already recommended that the town spend 800,000 dollars in community preservation act funds to acquire property.

Town Meeting allocated an additional $225,000 from free cash in April for a down payment on the property, and The 300 Committee has committed $450,000 toward the purchase as well.

Town officials have indicated that the remaining funds could be met using an additional $175,000 from free cash and a potential state reimbursement LAND grant that would be advanced using $400,000 in free cash, pending support from the Town Meeting in November.

Tony Andrews Farm was established in Falmouth nearly 90 years age, seasonally offering pick-your-own strawberries, peas, rhubarb, sunflowers and pumpkins, as well as offering pick-your-own pumpkins and hayrides during the fall season.

It was put up for sale in January.

By DAVID BEATTY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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