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Fire destroys farm stand at Newton Community Farm

Posted by Leslie Anderson  February 26, 2012 10:07 AM

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The farm stand at Newton Community Farm burned down in the middle of the night early Saturday morning, and the cause is being investigated.

"Unfortunately, our popular farm stand burned down in the middle of the night on February 25th," the group announced on its website. "The Newton Fire and Police Departments are conducting an investigation into the cause, including the possibility of arson. Thankfully, there was no other damage to the farm."

Historically known as the Angino Farm, the 2.25-acre plot at the corner of Nahanton and Winchester streets has been organically farmed for more than 300 years. It was purchased by the city of Newton in 2005 using Community Preservation Act funds after residents urged Newton officials not to let the city's only remaining farm be developed. The city allows Newton Community Farm Inc., a nonprofit, to operate the farm.

The group's mission is to nurture a community that teaches and models sustainable agricultural and environmental practices on the historic farm.

The farm stand was closed for the winter and set to reopen in April.

"NCF thanks the Newton Fire and Police Departments for their professionalism in putting out the fire and the subsequent investigation!" the website said. "Stay tuned for more information about the investigation and our plans to rebuild the farm stand."

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