2016-08-04 / Mainsheet

Annual Fiesta Verde a Success for Conservation

More than 350 people attended Fiesta Verde in support of the Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) on July 23. The fundraiser, held at Sweet Berry Farm, raised close to $200,000, of which $100,000 is earmarked for its new Spruce Acres Farm project. With an “Old Havana Nights” theme, guests enjoyed Cuban food and drinks by McGrath Caterers and danced to the Cuban band Grupo Fantasia. Audrain Car Museum provided classic cars to complete the Cuban theme. The event was sold out.

An announcement by Executive Director Chuck Allott and board Chair Jim Chace of ALT’s newest land acquisition project was a highlight of the evening.

The organization seeks to raise $2.3 million to acquire Spruce Acres Farm, a 23-acre parcel on the Middletown/ Portsmouth town line. It had been a tree farm since the 1950s, but has ceased operations in recent years.

The plan is for the farm to be the future home of ALT’s offices, land stewardship operations and programming facilities. Also envisioned is a community garden and small farm plots on the land, in addition to nature trails and habitat.


Judy McLennan and Kristin MacMannis Judy McLennan and Kristin MacMannis In just 10 minutes, with Leadership Launch donations of $1,000 or more, the organization raised $100,000 toward the acquisition of the farm. If you are interested in supporting ALT, contact Laura Freedman Pedrick at lpedrick@ailt.org or call 401-849-2799 x18.



Lori and Brian Hogan Lori and Brian Hogan

Meg Steiner and Bettie Pardee Meg Steiner and Bettie Pardee

Richard and Monty Burnham Richard and Monty Burnham

Lilly Dick and Tom Hockaday Lilly Dick and Tom Hockaday

Kathy and John Damon 
Photos by Jessica Pohl Kathy and John Damon Photos by Jessica Pohl

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