If you care about local food, you should be a champion of protecting local farmland. There are several non-profit agencies in WNY dedicated to protecting farmland including American Farmland Trust, the Western New York Land Conservancy and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
American Farmland Trust is a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to stopping the loss of productive farmland while promoting sound stewardship of the land, and availability of healthy, locally grown foods. And the Western New York Land Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust that protects over 4,200 acres of land including a large number of working farms, scenic vistas, forested lands, wetlands, fragile natural ecosystems and lakefront shorelines across the eight counties of Western New York.
These three groups are sponsoring an upcoming workshop on purchasing development rights. This workshop is designed for community leaders, farmers, grant writers, town planners, town attorneys, appraisers and anyone with an interest in farmland protection in our region. The workshop provides a comprehensive review of the process for creating successful Purchase of Development Rights projects and programs in your community.
The presenters are Patricia Szarpa, Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy, Diane Held, American Farmland Trust, Western New York Field Representative and Jason Engel, Grants Manager for New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
When: Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Niagara County Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Avenue
If you are interested in attending this important workshop, please RSVP to the Western New York Land Conservancy at 716.687.1225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.