Agricultural landscapes are an important component in the ‘sense of place’ of the Town of Cazenovia. In 2007, CPF actively became involved in farmland protection through its work on the purchase of development rights (PDR) of the Critz Farm (241 acres) by the State.
Through this state program, CPF holds an agricultural easement on the farm and farmstead in perpetuity. We monitor the farm opertions to ensure that agricultural soils are preserved and that new structures and operations meet the restrictive easement guidelines.
CPF has also protected Greyrock Farm (272 acres) and Reed Farm (422 acres) through this program.
The State awarded a new round of the competitive Farmland Protection grants July 2015 and the 569 acre Pushlar Farm on Nelson Road just outside Cazenovia Village was a winner! Project work is underway and the easement should be finalized in early 2016. The Pushlar farm will also be agricultural open space.
In addition, CPF holds protective easements on 7 other parcels of active farmland that total 946 acres. Some of these easements also protect scenic and open space values.