The Morrison Farm is the 13th farm protected by OFT with a farmland easement agreement. It is located near the City of Collingwood, a rapidly expanding municipality where urban sprawl is threatening the significant agricultural and ecological features of the region. This threat is why Murray and Jo-Anne Morrison partnered with OFT to register an easement on the property.
The land has been farmed by the family for 32 years, and produces a variety of crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, pumpkins, squash, and gourds. The 173-acre farm also includes important ecological features such as forests, wetlands, hedgerows, and a portion of the Pretty River. These areas are home to a variety of species at risk such as the Eastern wood-pewee and butternut tree.
“Our family has a farming history and we wished to preserve this legacy as well as prevent our farm from being used for urban development. An agricultural easement afforded us this opportunity.”