On Thursday, March 31, the community is invited to participate in a virtual event that will highlight the importance of saving farmland, while increasing access to fresh, local food. The live stream will also introduce people to the two host organizations — Western New York Land Conservancy and Providence Farm Collective (PFC) — that have partnered to preserve regional farmland.
PFC is a non-profit organization that leases farmland in Orchard Park where nearly 300 refugee, immigrant and black farmers grow healthy food for their children and communities.
In order to better serve the community, the mission is to raise funds that will enable PFC to purchase the land they currently operate. The funding will also go towards the additional infrastructure needed to make the property more suitable for farming.
“Land Conservancy will permanently protect the farm with a conservation easement, and farmers will still have land to live on.”
Anyone interested in learning more about this new arrangement and the future of farmland at WNY is invited to attend on Thursday, March 31, between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The event will include presentations by:
- Jajean Rose-Burney, Deputy Executive Director of Land Conservancy
- Kristin Heltman-Weiss, Executive Director of PFC
- Hamadi Ali, PFC Markets Manager, who spent years at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya after fleeing his war-torn homeland of Somalia in the early 1990s
This event is free and open to the public. To receive the YouTube link to attend, registration is required. Link to register: www.wnylc.org/events
Click here to learn more about PFC.