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The Newtown Forest Association is working to raise money to buy 30 acres of farmland in an effort to protect it from development.  The Cherry Grove Farm property is on the market for $600,000.  The nonprofit has collected $275,000 in donations, but faces a January 15th deadline.  A developer bought the 45-acre property last year and plans to build a dozen homes.  If the  private land trust can pay for 30 acres along Palestine Road near Beaver Dam Road, the developer would sell the existing farmhouse and barns, and built two new homes on the remaining land.  The Newtown Forest Association plans to use the property for passive recreation. 

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