Lancaster Farmland Trust and the Lancaster County Agricultural Preserve Board have announced that their Oct. 22 dinner and auction raised more than $240,000 to help the trust preserve farmland.
About $125,000 of the total came from donations to a live Acres for Auction event, hosted by Steve Risk of Paul Risk Associates and the Lancaster County commissioners, which raised money to preserve the remaining 100 acres of farmland needed to reach the county’s total of 100,000 acres.
The 100,000th acre was auctioned off as a “Community Acre” where participants could make a donation of any size and become a part of history. Donations to the Community Acre ranged from $1 to $25,000.
To conclude the event, an individual donor from Philadelphia contributed $35,000 to kick off the preservation of the next 100,000 acres of farmland.
The next day, Matt Knepper, executive director of the Lancaster County Agricultural Preserve Board, announced that a 62-acre farm in Penn Township is in line to be the farm that puts the county “over the top.”
The 100,000th-acre farm is owned by Bruce and Patricia Lefever. Its preservation will be a joint project between the Ag Preserve Board, Lancaster Farmland Trust and Penn Township, and will be completed before the end of the year.