|Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding highlighted the importance of these farms in a statement Thursday.
“The disruptive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pennsylvania’s agricultural system have been broad and varied,” Redding said. “This year, we’ve watched farmers and consumers bridge the gap from farm to table. Producers and households have depended on each other for certainty and our state’s Farmland Preservation Program has made food security possible for our families and farmers across the commonwealth.”
The protected properties include fruit, vegetable, equine, crop, livestock, sheep, goat, and dairy operations, according to the state Department of Agriculture.
Some noteworthy farms preserved this year include Taggart Family Farm, a 73-acre crop farm located in Butler County. The property has been in the Taggart family for 220 years! The farm was first purchased by John Taggart who immigrated from Ireland in 1800!
There are 190 bicentennial farms statewide, the department confirmed.
Also preserved this year is Barrick Farms LLC, located in Cumberland County. The farm is a 482.25-acre dairy operation. It is the largest farm secured by the county board, the department said.