For years people have been talking about ‘saving the family farm.’ Equity Trust is an organization that uses a variety of tools to do just that, and create an economy that works for everyone. Twenty years ago, Equity Trust started by supporting Roxbury Farm (in Westchester County NY), which is jointly owned and stewarded by the farmers and Equity Trust. Since then the group has been helping to preserve affordable working farms all across the country.
Farm Catskills has invited Jim Oldham of Equity Trust to come and speak on Saturday November 17th, at 2pm at the Delhi Elementary School Cafeteria* in Delhi. Mr. Oldham will talk about the variety of farm protection projects that they have done around the country, and the various tools that are available to communities who are interested in protecting farmland and supporting a rural economy. The event is free and open to the public.
“We’re pleased to be able to host this event to address an issue of great importance to our community”, said Amy Kenyon, Farm Catskills’ president. “Equity Trust is a great resource for farmland protection options. Over the past 20 years they have responded to requests for assistance from 21 states and two Canadian provinces, and provided consultations to more than 30 farmers, close to 25 land trusts and community farm groups, as well as a dozen land owners and potential farmland investors interested in partnering with farmers”
This event will be of interest to farmers and landowners who want to learn more about the range of tools available for conserving farmland as working farms, and to community members who want to know how they can help support land conservation in their area. You can find out more information about the various farms Equity Trust has been instrumental in saving by going to their website – www.equitytrust.org. Then bring your questions to the meeting. For more information about the event, contact Kate Ryan at 607-746-6503.
This event is funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, a partnership of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance.
*The Delhi Elementary School Cafeteria is located behind and a little ways up and above the main Delaware Academy High School/Middle School Building. It’s easiest to drive up Sheldon Drive rather than going in the entrance to the Main Building. At the top of Sheldon Drive go right along the side of the bus garage building and then go left at the corner of the building. (There’s a flashing red light there but it probably won’t be on since it won’t be a school day.) This road soon goes up hill. Keep to the left again rather than going to the Middle School building. Parking is also up a little rise to the left as well as right up near the Elementary School building.