September 1, 2010
As a donor, I feel that contributions to the Lancaster Farmland Trust are a permanent investment in preserving some of the best soils in the nation for food production. I see the use of prime farmland for shopping, commercial, and housing development that could easily go in other spaces. I also see the impact that farmland preservation has had on the farming heritage and viability of agriculture in Lancaster County, a county known for a unique mix of cultures. The farmland preservation issue became so important to me that now I am also a member of the Board of Trustees. I have learned that the staff is one of the most professional groups of people I know, that expenses are kept low so that as much money as possible goes toward presevation and stewardship, and that private contributions are doubled or tripled with matches from foundation and government grants. The Lancaster Farmland Trust has also been able to obtain the agricultural easements that preserve the land at extremely low per acre costs, further multiplying the impact of monies contributed. This organization has a huge impact on our and our children's future for food, agriculture, and open space.
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MY ROLE:Donor & Donated money, volunteered at fundraising and informational events, member of Board. Review from Guidestar