The Walden Woods Project
Preserving the legacy of Henry D. Thoreau
The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature and legacy of Henry David Thoreau to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The Project achieves this mission through the integration of conservation, education, research and advocacy.
Founded in 1990 by recording artist Don Henley, the Project uses the land it has protected in Walden Woods to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility, both cornerstones of Thoreau’s philosophy.
The Farm at Walden Woods, owned and operated by the Walden Woods Project, preserves an active, highly visible, and productive agricultural landscape, protects historic Walden Woods, and supports the growing efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the food we eat.
Prime farmland is continuing to disappear at alarming rates throughout Massachusetts and the nation as a whole. The Farm at Walden Woods is one of the most highly-visible rural landscapes within the metropolitan Boston area, with close to 50,000 cars passing by on Route 2 every day. The conservation of this farm by the Walden Woods Project represented the critical opportunity to prevent large-scale development at the western gateway of Walden Woods and to protect an important piece of agricultural land that contributes to the preservation of the Walden Woods ecosystem. The sale of farm products will directly support The Farm at Walden Woods and will also fund the Walden Woods Project’s efforts to protect more land within historic Walden Woods.
There is a growing movement supporting local agriculture as a means of protecting open space and the rural character of towns where farms were historically significant. Purchasing locally-grown food, as opposed to food that has traveled great distances, significantly reduces the carbon footprint of what we eat. The Walden Woods Project’s purchase of the Farm (in continuous agricultural production since 1928) continues its agricultural legacy and maintains an important source of locally-grown produce. The preservation of the Farm has important cultural benefits for all who appreciate the pastoral views afforded by the land.