A long-time nursery farmer was looking to retire but wanted to ensure his property would always remain a working farm. EMSWCD acquired this 14-acre property in 2018, making it available in 2019 for a graduate of the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program, which this property directly adjoins. The habitat value of Johnson Creek – which cuts through the property – was also enhanced in 2019 via EMSWCD’s StreamCare program.
In 2022, EMSWCD structured an innovative and unique affordable farm access transition for this property. Thanks to a working farmland easement that will forever protect the property, a beginning female farmer was able to purchase the farm for an affordable amount. The easement will also ensure the farm remains affordable to all future farmer buyers, too.