Associate Director Mollie Babize ‘84 and Wayne Castonguay, Agriculture Program Director for The Trustees of Reservations, will present a workshop at the 2012 Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference on “Farming for the Future: The role of land trusts in food security.”  The conference, to be held March 24, 2012, in Worcester, is focusing on “Working Lands: Farms, Forests and Conservation.”

More than half of TTOR’s land conservation work is focused on protecting farmland;
they own 35 working farms across the Commonwealth, and have put protective
restrictions an estimated 150 more. The Conway School has been working with municipal and regional groups in New England, Arizona and Italy (see project cover at right; click to link to full report) to create food security plans; the winter 2012 project for Concord, MA will be Conway’s fifth.Spannocchia cover image

The MLCC workshop will focus on specific ways land trusts can not only protect productive farmland, but also make sure that land is an active part of local food systems.