The Western New York Land Conservancy will hold their 21st annual meeting and reception at McCollum Orchards & Home in Lockport on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 6 p.m to 9 p.m.
McCollum Orchards & Home is a historic 100-acre property nestled in the City of Lockport NY. Established in 1832 by brothers Hiram and Joel McCollum, two of Lockport’s founding fathers, the farm has provided apples, pears, vegetables and even ice to WWI soldiers, historic dignitaries and generations of New Yorkers. In 2011, the sixth generation, Rich & Bree Woodbridge, returned to revitalize this unique place with new crops and renovations. The farm will re-open for business in summer 2012 and will offer vegetables and fruits, including heirloom apples and pears. Seven varieties of hops will also be offered, a crop new for the farm and Niagara region. Rich & Bree were recently selected for the Northeast Organic Farming Association-NY Journeyperson Program, a two-year program offering educational support and mentorship for farmers in their first two years of independent farming. To register, or for more information please call (716) 687-1225 or visit www.wnylc.org.
The Western New York Land Conservancy is a regional, not-for-profit land trust that permanently protects landwith significant conservation value in Western New York, for the benefit of future generations. We envision a future in which natural areas, working farm lands, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty are cherished and protected as part of the landscape and character of Western New York. The organization is one of 1,700 land trusts nationwide, including 90 in New York State, which have protected 40 million acres over the last 20 years.