The Ontario Farmland Trust has secured the long-term protection of Little Rock Farm through the generous donation of a farmland conservation easement by Helen Martinic on behalf of the Hamilton Family. The 150-acre property is located in the Township of Adajala-Tosorontio in the County of Simcoe.
The property features heritage farm buildings and has been an important part of the family’s livelihood since 1832. The farm straddles the boundary of the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine, helping to reinforce permanence to these public policies intended to protect the countryside from developing into subdivisions, aggregate pits or quarries, or any other non-farm use. The conservation easement protects 40 acres of mature, mixed forest and 110 acres of prime farmland. Pumpkins, soybeans, and hay are Little Rock Farm’s main crops, with cattle inhabiting the signature barns.
“Protecting the farming heritage here and these rich farming soils through a farm easement is the most important thing I can do for future generations of farmers and the communities that depend on this land for food.”Helen Martinic, Easement Donor
The Little Rock Farm is now permanently protected through the easement, which is held in partnership with the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.