Friends of the Charity Farm Lot

     In 1832, Job Goodale gifted the Charity Farm Lot to the Town of Bernardston, Massachusetts, as a source of income to "assist the industrious and deserving poor."
     Since then, this 84.64-acre site, which includes open space, a variety of natural features, and a trace of history, had been largely ignored. More recently, however, a group of local residents and town leaders have come to recognize the Charity Farm Lot as a gem worthy of renewed focus as part of a larger plan that recognizes the many benefits that well-preserved open space has to offer: health, recreation, community pride, and a boost to the town's economy.
     Friends of the Charity Farm Lot is an intergenerational group of people interested in a unique parcel of open space. We are a recognized committee of the Bernardston Selectboard.
    We hope that you will continue to visit our page to find out more about what the Charity Farm Lot can offer you and you family. We also invite you to consider ways that you might become involved in  its restoration and use.

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                                                                     Or call:
                                                                               John Lepore: (413) 512-0644
Bill Montiglio (413) 824-1004

For the first-time visitor:
The Charity Farm Lot is located at 327 Bald Mountain Road, Bernardston, MA. Please note, however, that setting electronic navigation software may only put you in the general vicinity. The property is 0.4 miles north of the intersection of Bald Mountain and Burke Flat roads and marked with a large wooden sign. There is off-road parking for several vehicles.


Downloadable/printable trail map

Charity Base Large JPEG 

Trail Report
As of 1/20/2018:
     The Road Trail, which begins at the northeast corner of the Parking Lot has been completely marked with pink duct tape/nailed blazes. Please use caution in the vicinity of eroded areas.
      The Talus Trail, which begins at the southeast corner of the Parking Lot and ends on the Road Trail is only marked with green tape tied around trees. This trail may be subject to minor re-routing.
     East and west portions of the Vista View Trail, both of which begin on the Road Trail, have been marked with orange duct tape/nailed blazes. A portion of the trail at the far end, connecting the two portions has yet to be marked.
     Please note that a double blaze indicates a turn in the trail. The lower of the two blazes indicates the direction to turn.
     These are a work in progress. Trail-improvement work parties will be scheduled in the spring. 

Erosion and invasive species

     Erosion and invasive plant species pose the greatest environmental risks to the Charity Farm Lot and the surrounding ecosystem. Key areas have been identified, and work parties will begin this spring to help with remediation. A grant application is being prepared for a February deadline to help fund repairs to problem areas that are beyond the scope of a volunteer effort. 

 Watch our two-minute video on erosion at the Charity Farm Lot: https://youtu.be/kq1XB5ENJos