Preserve Today, Protect Forever!
The support of donors has made it possible to conserve 60 acres of farmland in Mequon. This is a significant step toward improving the health of our community through soil conservation, water quality protection, and the production of healthy produce. This acreage on the outskirts of the urban core will be protected forever for farming.
Furthermore, this acquisition provides underrepresented farmers with a pathway to affordable farmland. OWLT will partner alongside willing farmers to implement best management practices on the land, such as planting cover crops and harvestable buffer strips. Targeted approaches to managing soil conservation will generate positive impacts for our farmers and their crops; as well as improve the health of our communities’ soil and water. As a result, family farmers will become life-long stewards of the land, and community supporters by meeting the much-needed demand of growing healthy produce close to urban areas.
This great success was made possible with donor support and Making Allies for Healthier Communities, the farming conservation partnership made up of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Fondy Food Center, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, The Conservation Fund and the Land Trust Alliance. Special thanks to Fund for Lake Michigan, Thomas J. Rolfs Foundation, Brookby Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Green Bay Packers for their generous support.