Shelton is one payment closer to owning old egg farm

The Board of Aldermen has approved the second $150,000 payment to purchase the former Dikovsky egg farm, a 13-acre parcel on Old Town Road, off Buddington Road. The land will become open space.

The payment will financed through bonding. Total cost to buy the Dikovsky property will be $450,000, with the final payment and real estate closing set for July, according to city officials.

Can be seen from Rec Path

The former egg and poultry farm is near the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path. The Conservation Commission supported buying the parcel because the land could potentially have been subdivided, impacting a scenic wooded valley that is visible for about a quarter mile stretch on the walking trail near Wesley Drive.

The new open space will expand the Shelton Lakes Greenway, a corridor of natural green space that encompasses more that 450 acres of woodlands, three reservoirs, a dog park, gardens, and 11 miles of hiking trails. The four-mile Shelton Lakes Recreation Path is a multi-use trail completed in 2012.

Was a large farm operation

Eugene and Nadezda Dikovsky purchased the Shelton property in 1934 to begin raising chickens for both eggs and meat, although it was not until the early 1940s that the operations became substantial.

At its peak in the 1970s, the farm had up to 12,000 chickens and several people were employed gathering, grading and packing eggs at the site. The eggs were mostly sold to small mom-and-pop grocery stores in the region.

The family, which traces its roots to the former Czechoslovakia, also would grow produce, keep goats, collect honey from bee hives, and pick mushrooms in the valley.

Donated land for the Rec Path

The property's current owner is Basil Dikovsky, son of Eugene and Nadezda Dikovsky.

In 2011, the small stream flowing along the valley floor was officially named Basil Brook in honor of Basil Dikovsky, who donated a portion of his property for the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path.

Basil Dikovsky will keep a portion of the farmland for his home and also retains life use of all the farm buildings except for a large chicken coop that is in disrepair.