You may remember our previous blog entry about our “Preserve a Farm” program, which sought to raise money to preserve a 63-acre pumpkin farm in Lancaster County. The year-long effort set out to raise $85,000 in celebration of Turkey Hill’s 85th anniversary — half from fans and half matched by Turkey Hill.
We’re very happy to announce that our goal has been reached, and we’ve ended with a final donation of $90,378, thanks mainly to the many kind and generous donations from our fans!
The fundraising effort was conducted in partnership with the Lancaster Farmland Trust, a private, nonprofit land trust that has preserved more than 29,000 acres of Lancaster County farmland since 1988. The Preserve a Farm campaign — and the foundation for Turkey Hill’s longstanding relationship with the Lancaster Farmland Trust — is rooted in our own farming history.
The East Lampeter Township farm is currently maintained by three generations of family members, and the funds raised will be used to help transition the farm to the youngest generation.
How important are programs like Preserve a Farm and how valuable are the donations we received? Turkey Hill’s own president, John Cox, put it best:
“The farms here in Lancaster County are important to us for many reasons. They not only provide ingredients used in our products, but they’re our neighbors. Those farms are a big part of who we are as a community, and when we lose farms, we lose part of what makes Lancaster County so great.”
Karen Martynick, the executive director of Lancaster Farmland Trust, also summed it up when she said “The Trust is grateful to Turkey Hill Dairy for their steadfast support of farmland preservation efforts.”
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 was the first campaign by Turkey Hill to preserve a specific farm.