OFT Celebrates the Protection of the Dean Farm!
On Saturday, July 28th, OFT celebrated the permanent protection of the Dean Farm in Wellington County. There was a wonderful turnout, with over 90 friends, family, and supporters in attendance.
The Farm was protected using a Farmland Easement Agreement. These voluntary Agreements allow OFT to work with landowners to permanently protect farmland by legally restricting non-agricultural uses and development on farmland in perpetuity.
The celebration kicked off with a land acknowledgement ceremony performed by a First Nations Elder, followed by a blessing of the land by the local Church. Next, Guelph MP, Lloyd Longfield joined us to speak about the importance of protecting farmland and to announce OFT’s funding through the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative. The speeches wrapped up with Guelph/Eramosa Township’s Mayor White speaking about the future of farmland in the area.
A highlight of the day was hearing the easement donor and current landowners speak passionately about the importance of protecting their property forever. They reiterated the need for farmland that will always be available for the production of sustainable and local food. They shared their love for their land through stories about their experiences on the property and the joys and challenges of farming.
The event ended with platters of sweets and fresh fruit from the farm and a tour of the property with the current landowners.
OFT would like to extend its thanks to everyone who helped us to protect the Dean Farm forever, as well as anyone who attended the Dean Farm Celebration!