LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (July 7, 2016) — Without preservation, there would be no farms to grow our food or pastures for cows to graze. Fields would become strip malls and our landscapes would be dotted with highways instead of silos.
That eye-opening scenario is the message behind Turkey Hill Dairy's Preserve a Farm campaign, which aims to preserve a 63-acre Amish farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The fundraising effort is being conducted in partnership with the Lancaster Farmland Trust, an organization that has preserved more than 28,000 acres of Lancaster County farmland since 1988.
The program is part of Turkey Hill's year-long 85th anniversary celebration and inspired by a new line of drinks called Haymakers, which are based on a centuries-old farmers' drink recipe. Under the Preserve a Farm campaign, fans are encouraged to make a donation at TurkeyHill.com/Preserve. All donations, up to a total of $42,500, will be matched by Turkey Hill.
The Preserve a Farm campaign — and the foundation for Turkey Hill's longstanding relationship with the Lancaster Farmland Trust — is rooted in the company's own farming history.
"Turkey Hill was founded by a farmer 85 years ago, so we know firsthand the hard work that goes into maintaining a farm," said Turkey Hill President John Cox. "We also rely on the hard work of Lancaster County farmers to supply the ingredients that are used in our products. That's one of many reasons why it's so important to preserve and protect the farmland right here in our own backyard."
Lancaster County is home to nearly 6,000 farms, 99 percent of which are family-owned. The farms employ more than 51,000 men and women and contribute more than $4 billion to the local economy.
Over the past two decades, Turkey Hill has donated more than $500,000 to the Lancaster Farmland Trust. Though that money has been used to preserve countless Lancaster County farms, this is the first campaign by Turkey Hill to preserve a specific farm.
"By preserving our farmland, we are preserving a way of life that nurtures our bodies and our souls," said Karen Martynick, Executive Director of Lancaster Farmland Trust. "We are making sure that our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy the fresh, nutritious food our farms provide and the beautiful landscape that enhances our quality of life."
Three generations of Amish farmers live on the East Lampeter township farm that will be preserved under the Turkey Hill campaign. The goal is to preserve the land so that the family's grandson can continue to work the land as the family has done for generations.
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