Sharon Prince established the Grace Farms Foundation in 2009. In addition to biologically restoring the land acquired by Grace Farms Foundation, Sharon Prince’s goal was to enrich the environment. Sharon Prince has garnered various awards due to her contributions to environmental sustainability, social well being, and architecture. These awards include the AIA National Architecture Honor Award of 2017, Illinois’ Institute of Technology Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, and the Innovation by Design Award for Social Good from Fast Company in 2016.
The Meadows of Grace Farms
In line with her objective of restoring the natural environment, Sharon Prince restored the native meadows in Grace Farms’ land. Through this restoration, the habitats that once occupied the grasslands and diverse indigenous species returned to the once deserted habitats. Over 70 percent of the areas that once reduced to meadows have been restored through the efforts of Grace Farms. Currently, the meadows are home to over eighty bird species, fluttering butterflies, and species of native bees.
The blooming biodiversity in the reinstated ecosystem has led to an emerging influx of the Kestral Falcons. As a result of Grace Farms’ efforts, the Kestral Falcons were, in the recent past, removed from the List of Threatened and Endangered Species by Connecticut. Tours of the meadows take place monthly between June and September.
Grace Farms’ Birds
Grace Farms is home to over forty species of birds enjoying its natural landscape. The birds provide Grace Farms with so much life all through its extensive flora and fauna. During the fall migration, different bird watching groups converge at Grace Farms to conduct scenic hikes aimed at watching birds. During these hikes, the groups engage in educational conversations apart from appreciating the return of several species of birds to the area. In some instances, master birders are invited to educate the groups on the specific species of birds at Grace Farms.
It is no doubt that Grace Farms has achieved one of their goals of restoring the environment and enriching the habitat. The area has been successfully transformed into a sustainable ecosystem. This has led to the influx of various species of animals in the Farm.
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