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Thank you to everyone that supported Connemara on North Texas Giving Day!

You generous gifts will help us continue our restoration efforts in The Meadow, create exciting new programs and provide environmental education throughout North Texas.

If you would like to join our effort, send us an e-mail at We have volunteer needs in a variety of areas.

Save The Date: NT Giving Day

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Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 19. That’s the date of the annual North Texas Giving Day when your contribution to the Connemara Conservancy goes even further!

On September 19 your donation to Connemara will help us qualify for bonus funds and prizes from the Communities Foundation of Texas.

Schedule Your Gift In Advance

To make it even easier to show your support, you can schedule your gift in advance by visiting our page on at any time beginning September 9.

We will have more information on how you can participate as we get closer, but for now be sure to mark you calendar for the morning of September 19 to “Get Up And Give.”

More sponsors sign on for MeadowFest 2017

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Neighborhood Management

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Darling Homes

Connemara MeadowFest sponsor Whole FoodsThank you to Neighborhood Management, Darling Homes and Whole Foods Market, who have all signed on as the latest sponsors of MeadowFest 2017.

They join Emerson Partners, Gardens of Connemara, Montgomery Farm, Montgomery Farm Gardens, Montgomery Urban Tree Farm, Nine Band Brewing and Trademark Car Wash as sponsors of the event scheduled for April 29 at Bedside Manor at Montgomery Farm.

For more information, including online ticket sales, CLICK HERE.

Thank You for your support of Connemara!

Connemara Conservancy easement Strain Family Farm

Among the more than 6,000 acres protected by Connemara are 121 acres of the Strain Family Farm in Dallas County. For over 100 years the Strain family has farmed this land near Lancaster. Today the family is dedicated to preserving open space as well as the agricultural history, culture and character for future generations.

All of us at the Connemara Conservancy want to thank everyone that made 2016 such a special year for land conservation in North Texas. [Read more…]

Connemara receives challenge grant from Dixon Water Foundation

The Dixon Water Foundation promotes healthy watersheds through sustainable land management to ensure that present and future generations of Texans have the water resources they need.

The Dixon Water Foundation promotes healthy watersheds through sustainable land management to ensure that present and future generations of Texans have the water resources they need.

We are very excited to announce that one of our most loyal supporters, the Dixon Water Foundation, has announced a Challenge Grant that will match up to $25,000 in new funds raised by Connemara through the end of June.

Contributions to Connemara can be made at

Dixon-Water-FoundationThe challenge is in support of our efforts to help address land and water issues through conservation and education programs and kicks off our new capacity building campaign.

The Dixon Water Foundation was founded in 1994 by the late Roger Dixon and promotes healthy watersheds through sustainable land management to ensure that present and future generations of Texans have the water resources they need.

They recognize that land-use decisions being made today have a significant impact on water quality, not only now but also decades into the future.

Support of The Dixon Water Foundation helps ensure that we have the resources needed to work with landowners, developers and local governments on land conservation initiatives directly linked to protecting water quality and quantity throughout North Texas.

Robert Potts,  president of  The Dixon Water Foundation,  believes the need has never been greater for organizations such as Connemara.

“The Dixon Water Foundation is proud to support Connemara’s work because it is vital to maintaining and improving the quality of life for all North Texans,” Potts said in announcing the Challenge Grant.

North Texas is a great place to call home. It is recognized worldwide as a region that sustains its economic success and vitality because of its highly desirable communities, innovative people and varied natural assets. Yet we face a real threat to the quality of life that makes it so special. That threat is water, or a lack thereof.

The Dixon Water Foundation Grant coincides with the launch of Connemara’s “Forging Our Future for North Texas” three-year plan to improve the organization’s capacity in order to expand our pivotal role in land-use decisions and water quality matters that impact the Dallas-Fort Worth region of Texas.

You will be hearing more about this plan in the coming weeks, but its purpose is to enable us to address a concern that is top of mind and that many people are discussing, but not many people are solving. It’s going to take the partnership of the three sectors — private, public and nonprofit — to find the solutions that protect our quality of life here in North Texas, and all of Texas for that matter.

Under this plan, we will focus our efforts on:

  • protecting natural resources, especially water quality, to safeguard the future of our community;
  • educating decision-makers about the importance of land use decisions to the future of our community and economy;
  • improving health and quality of life by providing the public with opportunities to be outside;
  • stewardship of conserved land in perpetuity.

Again, to support these efforts (and double your contribution, thanks to the Dixon Water Foundation) please visit



Celebrating the Meadow with muffins and mimosas

Thank you to everyone who joined us Sunday at Montgomery Farm for our first Muffins and Mimosas for the Meadow. More donations were made to our wine pull at the 2014 Into The Meadow celebration and we made new friends in the process.











2014 “Into the Meadow” to feature culinary creations of chef Kent Rathbun

In keeping with the tradition of featuring the area’s premier chefs and caterers, this year’s “Into The Meadow” fundraiser will highlight the culinary creations of award-winning chef Kent Rathbun.

Chef Kent

Chef Kent

Since opening in 1999, Chef Kent’s five-star restaurant, Abacus, has repeatedly been recognized as a pinnacle of fine dining. Accolades include:

  • Bon Appetit’s Best of the Year, which named Abacus’ Chef’s tasting menu a “Top Pick;”
  • “Best Chef” by D Magazine;
  • “One of the Top Meals Around the World” by USA Today;
  • Mobil Four-Stars; and
  • AAA Four Diamonds.

Abacus’ design, wine list and menu have also been recognized and featured in publications such as Elle, Southern Living, Veranda, Texas Monthly, and The Rosie Magazine. In addition, Abacus has been inducted into the Nation’s Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame.

Kent’s second concept, Jasper’s, added a touch of “home cooking” flair to the best of America’s regional cuisine. Since the opening of its first location in Plano and expanding to The Woodlands and Austin, Jasper’s has been named one of Esquire Magazine’s Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America and has been touted by various regional publications.

His newest venture is KB’s in Plano. With a restaurant-style atmosphere, full bar, ample parking and patio fireplace, it has become one of the premier spots for hosting wedding receptions, birthday parties, business functions and more.

Kent’s roots are firmly set in food, starting as an apprentice at La Bonne Auberge, a five-star French restaurant located in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, he worked at Mr. B’s in New Orleans, American Restaurant and Milano in Kansas City, The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and the Landmark Restaurant in Dallas’ Warwick Melrose Hotel.

He has cooked at the James Beard House in New York on several occasions and was nominated four times as the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest. He frequently appears on national TV shows and in 2008 competed on Food Network’s hit series “Iron Chef America” where he defeated grill master Bobby Flay in a frenetic culinary battle.

Chef Kent becomes the latest high profile chef to participate in Into The Meadow. Justin and Diane Fourton of Pecan Lodge catered the first two fundraisers. George Brown of Experimental Table has been the featured chef the past two years. In addition, Patina Green Home and Market provided specialty drinks and hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail reception at the first four Into The Meadow events.

This year’s dinner under the stars celebrating local food, local farms and the beauty of natural space is schedule for Sept. 20. To purchase tickets, Click Here.


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