Eating fresh, nutritious food—a must for maintaining a healthy lifestyle—relies upon local farm families committed to conserving their productive lands
Organic milk and cheese... Just-picked vegetables... Pasture-raised poultry and pork... This is just a sampling of foods supplied by the eight valley families who partnered with us, fellow land trusts and others to preserve their fertile fields last year. Many have been farming the same land for generations—some since the 1700s. All of the farms contribute to stunning views from rail trails or scenic roads, strengthening local tourism economies.
In addition to saving this beautiful working land and rural traditions, each conservation easement furnished critical funds to the families. The proceeds have enabled farmers to expand or upgrade operations, purchase additional farmland and, in one case, offer low-cost, long-term leases to people interested in starting up small, “incubator”-style farms.