Why does preserving a Corn Crib matter?

To the Editor:

What a great day it was!

Members of the Amherst Heritage and Conservation Commissions, private citizens, Parker Farm Homeowners Association and the talents of Lee Gilman and Associates, master arborist, convened on Baboosic Lake Road, at the Corn Crib to clear trees and brush to begin the initial phase of a Heritage Commission strategic goal for developing farm interpretive activities.

On Friday, Oct. 11, six hours of team labor and Lee Gilman’s “Beast,” aka the chipper, were used to prepare the town-owned easement land for clearing to move a preserved farm building to its new location. The project is intended to preserve farm structures and create a space to educate school children and the public on our rich agriculture heritage. The entire project will take several years to complete.

Special thanks and appreciation to Lee Gilman and his two assistants Caleb Rowell and Stephen Ufnal, who donated their time, efforts and technical talents for the clearing. Members of the Heritage and Conservation Commissions in attendance were Anne Krantz, Andy Ouelette, Will Ludt, Rob Clemens and Richard Hart. And finally, Doug Nelson, farm owner, and Peter Batchelder, of Parker Farm Homeowners Association, all contributed to the project success.

As the project goes forward in the next two years, we want to use this joint effort as a good example in showing our community what great things can be done by working together for a common goal from a diverse group of volunteers. It is with sincere gratitude and appreciation and special thanks to all who helped this project move forward.

In the future, you’ll be able to learn more about the function and history of a corn crib by visiting this unique location on Baboosic Lake Road.


Amherst Heritage
Commission chair