The sustainable farm at 180 Millstone Road is proposed to become a riding stable in an application to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Millstone Property Holdings LLC has proposed making an equestrian facility of Millstone Farm, which encompasses approximately 71 acres. A public hearing will take place in January.
Jesse Fink, founding chief operating officer at Priceline.com, and his wife, Betsy, trustee at the Fink Family Foundation and a former board member at Wholesome Wave, announced the sale of Millstone Farm for $5.9 million in a statement to the press just before the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Dec. 12, at which the application was accepted.
The names of the buyers were not announced. The principal owners are not listed on the application at the zoning office.
“The buyers share our passion for Millstone Farm and are the perfect people to continue on as stewards of this unique property, giving it a fresh and distinct perspective that will make it their own,” Betsy Fink said in a statement. The Finks, who owned the farm for 10 years, turned it into a model of sustainable agriculture.
Jesse Fink said Betsy’s “inspiration and devotion created a magical place for the family” from which the local community has also benefited. “The experience will be forever with us, and we would like to thank the community for all their support,” he said.
It was extremely important to the Finks that they find a like-minded buyer to carry on their vision of stewardship, community building and education. The sale attracted multiple offers, according to Realtor Karla Murtaugh of Neumann Real Estate Christie’s International Real Estate.
When the Finks bought Millstone Farm in 2006 there was an existing horse operation, which Betsy continued. However, her real dream was to create a working farm that raised quality produce and heritage breeds of turkeys, pigs and other animals, and to provide the area with a place to gather where people could learn about the fundamentals of farming. With this transition, the buyers will continue the agricultural activities on the farm, but will also bring back the equestrian component.