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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 Winter 2022 Newsletter:

April and Herb Cole portrait

Remembering Herb Cole, Jr.

Herb and April Cole in 2006 donated a conservation easement on their 100 acres of field, woodland and mountain in Haines Township. They influenced two nearby landowners to conserve another 200 acres.

Cole grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and on a family farm in Stone Church, Pa. "That's, I think, where he got the idea of farming and love of land and wildlife," said April Cole, wife of Herb Cole for 28 years. 

Read more in our winter 2022 newsletter.

To share memories of Herb Cole and his commitment to land conservation, please email

2021 in Review


Challenge and progress marked 2021 for the Centre County Farmland Trust.

Read the summary CCFT President Dan Guss gave at the 2021 Annual Meeting in our winter 2022 newsletter.

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 conservation easements and protect even more irreplaceable farmland in the future.

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


We wish you a wonderful, joyous holiday season! 


Guided Trail Walk

Shari Edelson and Scott Dennison hosted a guided trail walk of their 27 acres of preserved woodland for Farmland Trust guests in Aaronsburg.

They explained their long-term management strategy for the land, rich with wildflowers, walnut trees, and an 1841 German Bank barn.

Nancy Parks and Bill van den Berg donated the conservation easement in 2011.

See more pictures in our 2022 winter newsletter.

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