farmland conservation groups start helping young farmers
Young Farmers Come to Western New York Town
Young farmers Steve Blabac and Erin Grimley have moved to the town of Clarence in northwestern Erie County to run Root Down Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture farm. They are currently renting a farm in the town and are interested in acquiring additional farmland through Clarence’s Greenprint program, a local farmland conservation program funded by a $12.5 million bond the town approved in 2002 to protect farmland and open space. The Western New York Land Conservancy has been instrumental in protecting farmland through the Greenprint and in recruiting new farmers.