Redefining Farmland Preservation - November 8, 2019
Brunch will be served by Sonder Eatery while industry experts share insights about farmland loss, economic challenges facing agriculture, and what we can do about it here in Ottawa County.
This is a free event, but registration is required at Eventbrite.com. A tour of Spring Meadow Nursery will be offered following the presentations. Sponsored by Ottawa County Farm Bureau and McShane & Bowie PLC..
Hehlden Farm - Polkton Township
Matt and Amy Hehl, who own and operate Hehlden Farm, permanently preserved 34.9 acres of their farm in Polkton Township in 2016. Four generations of the Hehl family have raised pork, poultry, eggs, corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay on this Centennial Farm.
Klein Farm - Chester Township
Brothers Jim and Don Klein, along with Don’s son David, represent the fourth and fifth generations to operate the Klein Farm in Chester Township, raising beef and row crops since 1864. In 2018 the Klein's permanently preserved 55.63 acres of their farm for future generations to continue feeding Michigan families.
Purchase of Development Rights Program
A voluntary program that permanently protects farmland by acquiring the development rights in exchange for a cash payment.
Farmland Preservation Strategy
Protecting farmland requires a multifaceted approach to addressing challenges faced by agricultural operators.
There are numerous resources and programs available to enhance the economic viability of farming.