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Town of Marilla Celebrates Milestone in Farmland Conservation

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State and local officials gathered with farm landowners to celebrate the permanent protection of the 80-acre Crystal Spring Farm, owned by brothers Mark, Keith, and Michael Foss.  With this additional 80 acres, the Town of Marilla’s PACE (Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements) program has now protected a total of 773 acres of viable farmland that will remain available for local agriculture in perpetuity. 

Celebrating with the Foss family were New York Assemblyman Michael Cole, Kimberly Stribing from New York Senator Dale Volker’s office, Erie County Legislator Kathy Konst, Chair of the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board and Erie County Legislator, Robert Reynolds, Town Supervisor George Gertz, former Town Supervisor John Foss, Western New York Land Conservancy Executive Director Pat Szarpa, and Erie County Farm Bureau President, Fred Harrington.

“The successful partnership between the Town of Marilla and it’s farmers, the Western New York Land Conservancy, and New York State has led to this 10th purchase of development rights project in the Town since 1999,” said Diane Held, New York Field Representative for American Farmland Trust.  Funding for this project was provided by a grant from the New York State Farmland Protection Program, and the Town of Marilla.
 
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