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We work with local families to protect their farms so that they can remain a valuable part of our beautiful landscape forever.

The Centre County Farmland Trust was founded in 1994 as a public, non-profit land trust dedicated to protecting farmland and open space in Central Pennsylvania.

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In our Summer 2022 Newsletter:

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Donor Preserves 55 Acres

Easement Marks Trust’s 17th

David Litke often appreciates beautiful land from the sky, as he flies his helicopter over the area’s rolling fields of farmland including his own 55 acres in Bellefonte that he leases to a neighboring farmer and has decided to preserve.

Litke, 75, is donating a conservation easement on the land to the Centre County Farmland Trust. The easement will stay with the land, guaranteeing that the land will remain open and undeveloped in perpetuity. This kind of easement reduces the commercial sales value of the land and represents a landowner’s valuable donation to the public through the Trust.

The property off Blanchard Street is on track to become the 17th property preserved through a donated farmland conservation easement with the Trust. The Trust pays the costs of securing the easement, and then will hold, steward and enforce the easement into the future. Read more.

Read all our latest news in our summer 2022 newsletter.

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Thank you for supporting the Gift of Good Land! Help conserve valuable farmland in Centre County!

The Board of Trustees is preparing to hire staff for the Trust in 2022, a major step forward for the organization. Your financial support becomes even more important as we strengthen our capacity to steward our 16 (soon to be 17!) conservation easements and protect even more irreplaceable farmland in the future.

You can help by giving today! Thank you for your generous support.

Read more great news and thankyous to share!

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Lynn Miller Bequeaths Major Gift for Farmland Preservation

Lynn Miller, the late, distinguished landscape architect, professor and co-founder of the Centre County Farmland Trust, bequeathed a generous gift of $128,700 to the Trust to advance its land preservation mission.
 Read the story.

Read our summer 2022 newsletter.

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Appreciation Event

This June, CCFT is hosting its first in-person event since 2019 — an appreciation event for frequent contributors, former board members and representatives of partner organizations. Thank you to 814 Cider Works for working with us to enjoy your beautiful cidery and orchard.   

Tour the Town & Country Farm Route!

Farm Routes are HERE!

In 2020, our local farmers, farmers markets and entire local food and drink system adapted quickly to the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So did the Centre County Farmland Trust, as hosts of the annual Centre County Farm Tour, when a dozen farms are open to big groups of people for tours on a single day. The Farmland Trust postponed the Farm Tour in 2020 and 2021.

Instead, we created paper and digital Farm Routes map-guides linking local food & drink and preserved land along country corridors. Explore our farmers markets, wineries, farm stores, cideries and preserved farms. Use our guides anytime to plan your own tours. Have a delicious day, getting to know the hands and lands that feed us! 

For our three FREE map-guides & more info, click HERE. 

Farm Routes are FREE map-guides loaded with information to explore on a road trip, hopping from farm stores to farmers markets, wineries, preserved farms and farm-to-table restaurants.

Thank you to Centre County Farmland Trust supporters, donors and volunteers, the Farm Routes maps for self-guided driving tours became a new way we could share this delicious life of local food and drink, farmers markets, preserved farmland and ag heritage in Centre County.

Preserved farms are legally protected to remain farmland forever. That's our mission. Help by exploring and supporting our local foods system, buying a Farm Routes T-shirt OR volunteering! Drop us an email at centrecountyfarmlandtrust@gmail.org

Explore FARM ROUTES!