Lancaster Farmland Trust (LFT) met with the Zook family to sign a conservation easement and add their 100-acre farm to the growing list of preserved farms in Lancaster County.
Located on the Drumore & Providence Township line, the Zook family runs a beef cattle operation and grows corn silage, rye cover crops, winter wheat, and soybeans. The farm is also home to over 40 acres of woodland and a section of Fishing Creek, making conservation important to the family. The Zooks employ several conservation practices, including no-till farming, crop rotation, grassed waterways, nutrient management, and cover crops.
Within a two-mile radius of the Zook family farm, there are 28 other preserved farms totaling more than 2,600 acres of preserved land nearby. The family is happy to join their many neighbors who have already preserved, helping protect the future of agriculture in Lancaster County.
The addition of the Zook farm brings LFT’s totals to 536 farms and 32,960 acres protected forever – with over 1,000 acres preserved this year alone.