The Beiler farm in rural Martic Township sits along a road trafficked by more mules than cars. The 85-acre farm is home to dairy cows, chickens, and a growing young family with plans for their farm’s future. A future that’s now protected forever.

Staff from Lancaster Farmland Trust met at the Beiler family farm to sign the paperwork, adding their farm to the growing list of preserved farms in Lancaster County.

In addition to the modest dairy herd and a small flock of egg-laying chickens, the Beiler family farm’s land is mainly dedicated to pastures and crop fields. The family employs several conservation practices on their farm, including crop rotation, pasture management, cover crops, grassed waterways, a stream crossing, animal trails, and walkways.

The Beiler family enjoys spending time together working on the farm. The children, now old enough for a few responsibilities, are eager to help where they can. The Beiler farm was featured during Lancaster Farmland Trust’s 2020 Acres for Auction fundraiser at the Together for the Land virtual event last October. Funds from that event helped preserve the farm.