Editorial — James Farm, CIB set to put future plans into action

Date Published: 
Sept. 22, 2017

The James Farm Ecological Preserve is one of the community’s special treasures.

Perfect for taking a long walk on a sunny day, or simply escaping the rest of the world to find an isolated spot on the water, James Farm has long been a favorite for many. Even more importantly, the Center for the Inland Bays has used the property to educate young people. Chris Bason, the executive director of the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), said recently that the CIB educated a record 1,300 seventh- and eighth-grade students from the Indian River School District last year.

Long story short, the James Farm has been a terrific spot for our community, both in terms of education and leisure.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Sussex County Council voted unanimously to extend their lease of James Farm to CIB. And the CIB already has their eyes on the future.

“Right now, parking is inadequate,” said Bason. “Entryway and exit from the farm is unsafe because we’ve got so many more people coming in. So, this first phase of improvements will create a new parking area which can handle up to 27 cars. Plus, we’ll have our own special spot for school buses.”

The CIB completed a Master Plan for James Farm in 2014, and they are ready to put that into action now that their lease has been extended. They are presently working with public and private entitities to raise funds, according to Bason, and they have applied for a $500,000 grant from the Longwood Foundation.

We’re excited that CIB plans to continue to grow with the community around it, and that they are hitting the ground running.