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Lancaster is growing. There's no doubt about it. We are growing corn and cows. We are growing strawberries and soybeans. And we are growing our communities. As we are growing all of these things, we are trying to do it smarter and more sustainably. Find out more about our community of stewards and landowners below.

The Benefits of Silvopastures: What are silvopastures, and how do they benefit our farmland and waterways?

June 12, 2024

If you’ve been paying attention to our social media lately, you’ve probably read the phrase “silvopasture.” Silvopasture integrates trees, livestock, and pastures to improve animal health, soil health, biodiversity, and more. But how does it work?   Silvopasture: A Short History Years ago, it was common for farmers to allow their livestock to graze in […]

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The Art of Viticulture: What it is, how it works, and why it’s important to agriculture.

June 5, 2024

When thinking of Pennslyvania agriculture, local vineyards rarely come to mind. But did you know that PA is one of the nation’s top wine producers? (Not to mention the hundreds of table grapes sold every year!) Viticulture, or grape farming, is an important part of the agricultural community here in Lancaster County. But what makes […]

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Top “Picks” for the Best Berries: Where to get some of the best strawberries this season, according to LFT staff.

May 29, 2024

It’s officially strawberry season, and we can’t wait to hit the markets! Fresh, red strawberries are a staple of summers in Lancaster County, and stopping by a local stand or market guarantees the freshest batch and supports our farmers! If you’re new to the county or are looking for new markets to try this summer, […]

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Debunking Common Farm Myths: 4 of our most commonly heard farming misconceptions, debunked!

May 22, 2024

Agriculture is all around us. It provides us with the food we eat every day, and if you live in Lancaster County, you will likely drive past a farm at least once a week. Despite the amount of agriculture in Lancaster, we often encounter misconceptions about farming. So today, we’re debunking a few of these […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Vertical Farming: A look at what vertical farming is, why people do it, and how to get started at home

May 8, 2024

Did you know that some farms grow upwards rather than outwards? Vertical farming is an expanding type of agriculture focused on saving space and feeding our communities. But how does vertical farming work, and are there other benefits to growing upwards?   How Does Vertical Farming Work? Vertical farming is the practice of growing crops […]

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Valentine’s Date Ideas: Farm-to-table restaurants to impress your date

February 8, 2024

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you need help finding unique places to take your valentine’s (or yourself; we don’t judge), we’re here for you! We’ve compiled a few Lancaster County eateries that specialize in farm-to-table dining and vary in atmosphere. Spend Valentine’s Day at one of these local restaurants to enjoy some delicious […]

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What is Tilling, Anyway?

January 31, 2024

If you’ve visited Lancaster farmland, you’ve likely heard someone boast that much of Lancaster’s farmland is “no-till” land. Did you know 66% of Lancaster County’s farmers utilize no-till or minimum-till practices on their farms? But what exactly is tilling, and why do we try to avoid it? According to Oregon State University, “tilling is the […]

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Stewardship in LFT: What do we mean when we talk about stewardship and farmland?

January 17, 2024

stew·ard·ship /ˈsto͞oərdˌSHip/ noun the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property.   When we preserve a farm here at LFT, that’s only the beginning of our work. As an accredited land trust, stewardship plays a significant role in our work with protected farms. LFT staff regularly check in on those […]

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Tips from LFT Staff: Winter Care Tips for Happy Hens

January 3, 2024

The Winter months are finally here, and temperatures outside are quickly dropping! If it’s your first winter owning backyard animals, it’s essential to ensure that your friends are fully prepared for these long, cold days. While resilient, chickens are a few of our backyard friends who may need a little help keeping warm this winter. […]

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A Year to Remember: 10 of Our Favorite LFT Memories in 2023

December 21, 2023

2023 was a year of great successes, fun events, and cherished memories for Lancaster Farmland Trust! While there are too many great LFT moments to list here, we’ve chosen 10 of our favorites from 2023 to ring in the new year. So, sit back and get ready to reminisce with us!   Launching Our Three-Year […]

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A Big Win For Lancaster County’s Iconic Landscape & Waterways

August 24, 2022

Today, Lancaster County Commissioners [the Commissioners] voted to approve $2.8 million of American Rescue Plan Act [ARPA] funding to two key partners who are focused on permanently protecting Lancaster County’s landscape, Lancaster Farmland Trust [LFT] and Lancaster Conservancy [the Conservancy]. The projects funded by this one-time investment of ARPA dollars will accelerate the Conservancy’s work […]

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Annual Report 2020

October 13, 2021

Click Here to View the Annual Report! Well… 2020 was quite a year, wasn’t it? And yet, despite it being troubling times, we continued to see a rise in farmers interested in preservation. You also witnessed that need and stepped up to support it. Together, we preserved 15 farms and 893 acres in 2020. We […]

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Lancaster Farmland Trust to debut its $7.5 million campaign

June 23, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2021 The “Honoring the Promise” campaign will save 50 family farms   LANCASTER, Pa. – With 50 farms on its waiting list, Lancaster Farmland Trust (LFT) knew it had to do something to pick up the pace of preservation before those farms were lost forever. That’s why the nonprofit launched its […]

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LFT Publishes New Report on Farmland Preservation

June 17, 2021

Lancaster Farmland Trust is pleased to present a comprehensive report on farmland preservation. The report is a compilation of information to show trends and raise awareness and is not intended to be a research paper. Lancaster Farmland Trust hopes this report will re-ignite a conversation about farmland preservation – what we’ve accomplished so far and, […]

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LFT Awarded New Slate of Conservation Grants

January 26, 2021

Lancaster Farmland Trust is excited to announce that we’ve received funding for three new water conservation projects on Lancaster County farms. The first is a $640,947.00 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through the Growing Greener Watershed Protection Program. This grant allows LFT to expand the work we have already done (through […]

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A Message from Lancaster Farmland Trust

June 17, 2020

Issued June 15, 2020   While our beautiful, productive farmland provides its bounty without prejudice, the incidents of the past few weeks have reminded us that inequities in our country and our community have often resulted in the unequal sharing of the bounty. Lancaster Farmland Trust’s mission is to protect farmland to provide food and […]

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A Day in the Life – Gordon Hoover

April 1, 2020

  Visits are scheduled when possible, but most times, you just show up unannounced due to lack of phone numbers, explains Gordon Hoover. He’s referring to his typical workday as the Agricultural Outreach Coordinator at Lancaster Farmland Trust (LFT). As such, Gordon spends most of his days going door to door, or barn door rather, […]

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A Message from COO Jeff Swinehart

March 27, 2020

Click here to also watch a video message from LFT COO, Jeff Swinehart.   Dear friends, We are living in unprecedented times. Each day greets us with more challenges than the day before and more questions than answers. However, if we look for them, I believe we can also find new opportunities – to connect […]

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buy LOCAL – a list of farmer’s markets and roadside stands open now

March 26, 2020

Lancaster County is home to many Farmer’s Markets and even more roadside stands full of fresh-from-the-field items. Please be sure to review each vendor’s safety requirements before stopping by. Lancaster Central Market 23 North Market Street, Lancaster, PA The decision to sell at “Market” during this time is on a stand-by-stand basis. Check their Facebook […]

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Preserve + Conserve – Farmers Opting for Both

February 17, 2020

Levi was already thinking about the rundown house, the leaky barn roof, and the soggy cow pasture when his father sold the farm to him. A capable craftsman, Levi had plans to renovate the house – making room for his wife and their three children – and fixing the leaky barn roof. The soggy pasture, […]

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Preserved Tastes Better: a taste of Lancaster County

December 6, 2019

Lancaster County’s preserved farms offer beautiful views, clean air and water, and an exceptional quality of life. They also offer fresh foods for our community and our region. Our team rounded up a few of our favorite roadside stands, markets, and shops from our preserved farms. Check out the list below and be sure to […]

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Preserving the Balmer Farm

September 16, 2019

Kevin is a second-generation dairy farmer. He has concerns about farms like his passing through to the next generation of a family.

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Protecting Local Foods

July 13, 2019

Three and a half miles north of the center of Lititz, along Pennsylvania Route 501, drivers cross the bridge over Hammer Creek and find themselves driving through the middle of Mervin Weaver’s 70-acre farm.

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From Field to Classroom

June 14, 2019

Winter is a time when farmers have a bit of a break from the hustle of fieldwork and can make time for some education.

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New website, same LFT

April 9, 2019

We’re excited to have joined the 21st century with a shiny new website designed, just for us (and you)!

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