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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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SVMC Recognized for Excellence in Emergency Nursing

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Kendall Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has been selected as a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association's 2024 Lantern Award for demonstrating excellence in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research performance.
 
The Lantern Award showcases emergency department's (ED) accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. As part of the application, EDs are encouraged to share stories that highlight a commitment to patient care, in addition to the well-being of nursing staff. The award serves as a visible symbol of a commitment to quality, safety and a healthy work environment.
 
"Being on the front lines of patient care in our community comes with unique challenges and triumphs," said Pamela Duchene, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at SVMC. "For our ED team to be recognized among just 94 departments, nationwide, demonstrates the level of excellence and commitment that has been fostered here."
 
The Kendall Emergency Department at SVMC is also the first ED in Vermont to receive the award.
 
"This honor highlights the collaborative decision-making and shared governance within our ED," said Jill Maynard, director of emergency nursing at SVMC. "This leadership model is a key attribute of our success, giving our team the tools and support they need to provide skilled and compassionate care to our patients."
 
In addition to influencing care within the organization, SVMC emergency staff are empowered to be leaders beyond the health system, impacting nurses and other health-care providers throughout the state and country. In the last three years, SVMC's ED nurses have presented at local, regional and national conferences on topics including cultural humility, harm reduction, design considerations for emergency psychiatric care, and orientation strategies for new emergency registered nurses.
 
SVMC President and CEO Thomas A. Dee congratulated the ED team on receiving the 2024-2027 Lantern Award, and noted that this honor is all the more impressive for being earned during a multiphase renovation of the ED space, part of the VISION 2020: A Decade of Transformation capital campaign.
 
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