2009-09-24 / Editorial

Down on the farm Saturday at Heyday

Heyday is this Saturday, Sept. 16. The Conanicut Island Land Trust will use the event to showcase its most recent acquisition – the Godena Farm.

From all reports, Mother Nature is cooperating this year. The meteorologists are promising an outstanding autumn day for this classic island gathering. That means sunny blue skies with a crisp nip in the air.

The Land Trust has hosted Heyday about every other year since the group was established in 1984. You could say that it has become one of our favorite island traditions and always attracts a large crowd.

For those who don’t know about the Land Trust, the group is all about preserving our island’s open spaces from the relentless march of progress and development that has turned much of our agrarian lands into housing subdivisions and strip malls across the nation. The trust currently has legal responsibility for more than 500 acres of land on Conanicut island.

The Land Trust announced in late summer that it had purchased the Godena Farm, a 23-acre pastoral spread on the island’s north end. The farm is the first property that is actually owned by the Land Trust. There are 70 other some properties that the Land Trust has helped preserve through the purchase of the properties’ development rights.

Heyday is a “family fair celebrating Jamestown’s open space properties,”according to the Land Trust’s website. But it is really much more than that. Load up the car with the kids on Saturday and spend a few hours at Heyday. It will be a celebration of island agriculture and its harvest. That means an abundance of pumpkins and fresh apples!

Heyday is also a celebration of Jamestown’s volunteerism. Various island organizations and civic groups will be on hand at Heyday on Saturday to share information about their activities.

And there will be plenty of fun activities and games for the youngsters.

We’ll see you there.

— Jeff McDonough

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