Strategies to Conserve Farmland in Northern Berkshire County

In partnership with Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) and Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) we explored strategies for farmland preservation in Northern Berkshire County. Farm owners face increasing development pressures, issues with program accessibility, and farmland succession planning. Specifically, we investigated issues facing farmers in Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams and proposed recommendations for preservation and conservation of individual parcels that meet the minimum criteria of certain state, local and federal programs. We conducted a GIS analysis of farmland in these municipalities and focused on parcels which are prime candidates for preservation that are not currently utilizing available assistance programs. Results will help these organizations steer their efforts towards furthering the preservation of existing farmland.