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The Green River Farms property in Williamstown has been sold. The buyer is staying mum about the purchase.

Update: Purchaser of Williamstown Farm Declines to Talk About Deal

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – A Williamstown farm that has been on the market for several years was purchased this week, but the purchaser has declined to talk about its plans for the property.
 
On Monday, the real estate agent listing the Green River Farms property in South Williamstown confirmed that a deal had closed on the property and directed inquiries to an employee of an Alabama-based farm consulting company named Understanding Agriculture.
 
On Tuesday, Morgan Hartman, identified as a “consultant” on Understanding Agriculture’s website, returned an email asking about the company’s plan for the property by saying, “We'll be issuing a press release in the next couple of weeks. After that press release I'll be available for an interview.”
 
On Saturday morning, iBerkshires.com posted a story identifying Understanding Agriculture as the purchaser, but in a subsequent email, Hartman said that the consulting firm itself was not the purchaser.
 
He still declined to identify who purchased the property or for what purpose.
 
“Neither Understanding Ag, LLC, nor any of its constituent members purchased Green River Farms,” Hartman wrote, continuing to use his business email. “When I use the collective term ‘our’ I am referring to the actual owners and management of the farm.”
 
Hartman still did not say who the "actual owners" are.
 
According to the Registry of Deeds website, the new owner of the property is a corporate entity known as Green River Regenerative Farm Inc. for $1.9 million. The Secretary of State's website lists that company at 66 West St. in Pittsfield with a Dirk Schultze of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., as the sole officer.
 
In 2010, Franklin Lewis of the state of Florida purchased the farm for a reported $1.5 million.
 
Lewis' Farmland Enterprises LLC is listed on the town's tax roll as the owner of three parcels: a 65-acre parcel on the west side of Cold Spring Road (Route 7), just south of the Mount Greylock Regional School campus and two contiguous parcels on the east side of Cold Spring Road, both with Green River Road addresses, one measuring 84 acres and the other 94 acres.
 
In total, the 244 acres and associated buildings, principally at 2480 Green River Road, have an assessed value of $778,786.
 
Last year, the Berkshire Eagle reported that Lewis was advertising the 244 acres for sale with an asking price of $2.75 million.
 
According to its website, Understanding Ag describes itself as, "real farmers and ranchers who combine decades of experience to help our clients successfully implement regenerative agricultural and ecological principles that replace the input-intensive, agricultural model to enable sustained profitable farming and ranching operations."
 
There is no information on the website about the consulting firm owning or purchasing any other farms.
 
The Natural Resources Defense Council describes regenerative farming as a philosophy of farming and ranching, "in harmony with nature."
 
"Practitioners [of regenerative farming] take a broader view of their role in the world, especially in terms of soil and nutrient cycles," according to the website nrdc.org. "By contrast, the industrial agricultural system that dominates Western food and fiber supply chains incentivizes practices that promote soil erosion at a rate of 10 to 100 times higher than soil formation; nutrient runoff and harmful algal blooms in freshwater and coastal systems; and monocropping and other threats to local biodiversity, including critical pollinators."
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On a IV-II Vote, Mount Greylock Keeps Latin Program

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday voted to restore the middle-high school's Latin program for the 2024-25 academic year and beyond.
 
Six members of the committee attended the special meeting called last week to decide on whether to keep Mount Greylock a two-world language school or only offer Spanish to incoming seventh-graders starting in the fall.
 
Steven Miller moved at the outset of Tuesday's session that the School Committee utilize more or less $66,000 from the committee's reserves to close a funding gap for fiscal year 2025 and commit to funding Latin until at least next year's seventh-graders have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement Latin, presumably in their senior year of 2029-30.
 
Miller was joined by Jose Constantine, Curtis Elfenbein and Ursula Maloy in voting in favor of the plan. Christina Conry and Carolyn Greene voted against Miller's motion.
 
Conry noted that in the school year that just ended, Mount Greylock had just 58 students enrolled in Latin across six different grade levels (an average of just fewer than 10 per grade), as opposed to 300 students studying Spanish.
 
Prior to this spring's announcement that the school would not offer Latin 7 (for seventh-graders) or Latin 8 in 2024-25, there were 15 students signed up for the former and just 10 for the latter.
 
Historically, over the last nine years, Mount Greylock's student population studying the classic language went from 103 in 2015-16 to 58 last year, with a spike of 148 in the 2018-19 academic year, according to figures the administration provided the School Committee on Tuesday.
 
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