Open house at 6 farms highlights preservation

Agriculture land program has protected 42,000 acres

October 31, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Six farms are featured on Carroll County's farm tour and open house tomorrow, an event designed to highlight the county's 25-year history of agricultural land preservation, which has saved nearly 42,000 acres from development.

Visitors can tour dairy, grain and livestock operations at farms that are enrolled in the preservation effort.

"We want to give the general public the opportunity to be part of our 25th anniversary by visiting the farms, talking to the owners and hearing from us about preservation," said Bill Powel, Carroll's preservation program manager.

Since Carroll entered the program in 1978, the county, state and, more recently, the federal government have spent nearly $68 million on farmland preservation and paid an average of $1,600 per acre, Powel said.

Carroll County is fifth in the nation and second in the state in the number of agricultural acres preserved, according to The Farmland Preservation Report, which has been published annually in Harford County for 13 years.

Montgomery County, the national leader, has saved nearly 60,000 acres from development, according to the report.

The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Farms on the tour are Aloha Farm, 7535 Woodbine Road, Woodbine; Burlin Farm, 1721 Greenwood Church Road, New Windsor; Cowlick Gardens, 4780 Piney Creek Road, Taneytown; Foggy Bottom Farm, 415 S. Houcksville Road, Hampstead; MD-Cedar Knoll Farm, 6027 Middleburg Road, Middleburg; and Windsor Farm, 1974 Bowersox Road, New Windsor.

Information: 410-386-2214.

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