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Town of Niagara group seeks to conserve farmland

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A group of Town of Niagara residents and historians has called a public meeting for 6 p.m. Sept. 16 to organize a farmland conservancy to preserve some of the town’s remaining agricultural land.

The meeting will be held in the Niagara No. 2 Schoolhouse Museum at Lockport and Tuscarora roads.

Organizer Teresa Lasher Winslow said that once the conservancy is chartered and obtains tax-exempt status, the group plans to purchase farmland that is currently for sale. Members have their eyes on two sites: one covering 30 acres on the east side of Miller Road between the Lewiston border and Colonial Drive, and the other a 12-acre plot adjacent to the Schoolhouse Museum.

Winslow said another landowner intends to donate another 40 acres to the conservancy once it is formed. Plans for the preserves include areas devoted to farming, organic orchards, nature walks, bird watches, community gardens and educational programs.

More information is available by calling 425-4005 or 297-6953.