Lehigh County and PA Department of Agriculture Celebrate 30 Years of Farmland Preservation! Thursday, June 7, 2018


11:30a.m.-Heidel Hollow Farm, 7419 Saegersville Rd, Germansville, PA  18053

This year, both the Lehigh County Agricultural Land Preservation Program and the PA Bureau of Farmland Preservation are celebrating 30 years of permanently preserving farms for agricultural production.  Thanks to the voluntary participation of over 5,270 farm owners, the Commonwealth, in cooperation with the County Programs, has successfully preserved over 550,000 acres and leads the nation in the number of farms and acres preserved.  Lehigh County is very proud of ranking fourth in the state in having over 300 farms and over 23,000 acres preserved.

A special event to celebrate these significant milestones will be held on June 7, 2018 at Heidel Hollow Farm, located at 7419 Saegersville Road, Germansville, 18053. 

The PA Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Farmland Preservation will be holding their June board meeting starting at 10:00 a.m.  A special program will follow at 11:30 a.m. with presentations by PA Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russ Redding, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners Chair and Sterling Raber Agricultural Land Preservation Board Chair, Marty Nothstein,  Lehigh County Commissioner Percy Dougherty, as well as remarks  from other local officials and farmers.

For more information, please contact Diane Matthews-Gehringer, Director of Farmland Preservation, Lehigh County Farmland Preservation Program, 610-391-9583, ext.14,          dianematthews-gehringer@lehighcounty.org

Information provided to TVL by:
Joshua Siegel
Public Information Officer
County of Lehigh, Office of the County Executive
17 S. 7th Street, 4th Floor, Suite 436
Allentown, PA 18101