EGREMONT — The Greenagers will soon have a home base in the form of a historic farm on Route 41 in South Egremont.
“It’s kind of a quantum leap for Greenagers,” William Conklin said, director of Greenagers.
The Greenagers will have their first permanent residence with the purchase of the property. Previously they had been renting office space.
The main house on the property predates the American Revolution, having been built in 1744.
“The property itself is incredible,” Conklin said.
A number of organizations had put their hats into the ring for the property once it was listed, and the Greenagers were lucky enough to be chosen. Once the deal goes through, the Greenagers will be getting to work moving in desks into the barn, which had been renovated for office space.
“It’s pretty much going to be a turnkey operation,” Conklin said.
The property was previously owned by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, donated to them by Mary Margaret Kellogg, whose family acquired it in the 1970s. It was donated to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy with the stipulation that it be, or become an educational center for environmental and agricultural concerns.
“It’s extremely well-suited for that,” Conklin said.
The Greenagers, given their ecologically-minded mission will be staying true to that condition.
“Essentially we’ll be able to make a center out of the place that will accommodate a regional setting of education and conservation work, based out of south county,” Conklin said.
“We’ll be able to host field trips, we’ll be able to host either day programs or overnight programs for schools or groups from farther afield. Having the house enables us to put people up for the night.”
The property will also have outdoor tent platforms, and will be utilizing spaces within the building for classroom work. The properties natural features and proximity to the Appalachian Trail will allow the organization to teach outdoor skills as well.