HARWICH — The nearly seven-acre Cedar Spring Herb Farm off Long Pond Drive has been sold to a nonprofit organization that provides breast feeding education.
For the past 23 years the farm has served as an herbal sanctuary dedicated to connecting people and plants with wellness. Donna Wood Eaton has been the sanctuary steward and overseen the operation of the farm she owns with her husband, Brad, consisting of four acres of wooded upland and three acres encompassing a vernal pool and cedar swamp. The gardens over the years have been filled with herbs and organic vegetables. She refers to the operation as community supplied agriculture, offering organically grown fruits and vegetables, flowers and herbs as well as products produced on site for the home, the taste buds and general family care.
Eaton has conducted a number of programs at the farm, including all levels of herbology, earth-centered spirituality, personal development, organic gardening as well as programs about United Plant Savers. Visitors to the farm have been able to take wild plant identification walks on trails around the cedar swamp and vernal pool. It has been a great opportunity for community involvement in the sanctuary as well an eco-tourism introduction into wild habitats on Cape Cod, she said.
That connection to education is something the new owners will continue.
The property, on the market for three years, was sold on Sept. 9 to Karin Cadwell and her daughter Kajsa Brimdyr for $995,000. Their plan is to continue connecting people with wellness; the new owners run the Healthy Children Project, Inc., a non-profit which has operated the Center for Breast Feeding in Sandwich for the past 25 years. The center works to improve health outcomes through education, collaboration, consulting and research. It’s offerings include lactation programs for novices and professionals.
“Through its Center for Breast Feeding, Healthy Children Project is the largest national provider of lactation management education for health care providers. More than 4,000 health providers, advocates and facilitators are educated annually through over 90 offerings across the United States,” the organization’s website states.
The organization provides training nationally and internationally for doctors, nurses, health care providers and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs, working with many state health care agencies and in numerous countries around the world, Brimdyr said.
Over the next six weeks the organization will be moving its operations from Sandwich to the farm site, Brimdyr said. There are no plans for additional construction on the site other than putting up some interior office walls in the existing five-vehicle garage, she said. The existing buildings will be used primarily as offices.
“We want to make sure it’s an easy place for parents to come and get breast feeding help,” Brimdyr said.
Presently the organization's staff is conducting telemedicine from home, following Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 recommendations. Once the pandemic threat is over and the farm is operational, Brimdyr said she anticipates 6 to 10 people will be working from there.
“We expect there will be no change in the volume of traffic,” she said. “If anything it might be less.”
Brimdyr said the farm “is an amazing property and we plan to take care of it and preserve it. We’ll be keeping the gardens and not disturbing any of the amazing nature that’s there.”
“I want to thank the people of Harwich for their years of support,” Donna Eaton said. “We’ll see where we end up. We were going to leave and travel, but we can’t travel now, so where we end up won’t be too far from here.”
The Eatons will be staying with friends in the area and will at some point look for a new abode in this area of the Cape. Eaton said she plans to keep practicing as an herbalist and has been working remotely, but would soon start seeing clients again.