Lower Makefield to preserve farm
Patterson farm to be preserved
LOWER MAKEFIELD -- Lower Makefield is in the process of trying to preserve the 200-plus-acre Patterson Farm in perpetuity.
The township has asked the county to approve $640,000 through an agriculture conservation program to buy the development rights of about 100 acres of the farm. At its meeting Wednesday the county commissioners tabled a vote on the funding request.
In the meantime, the township will also ask the the Heritage Conservancy, a Doylestown-based nonprofit that specializes in preserving open space, to manage 40 of the farm’s acres, said Pete Stainthorpe, chair of the township’s board of supervisors.
More than 70 acres have already been preserved through the county’s open space initiative.
The township bought the farm in the late 1990s. It leases much of the acreage to a farmer who grew soybeans this year. The site also hosts artist studios and a greenhouse that houses fruits and vegetables. - Ben Finley
This corrects an article posted Wednesday that mischaracterized the commissioners’ actions.