Unpaved with good intentions

Zuckerman, Seth
September 2006
High Country News;9/18/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 17, p7
The article focuses on the cautions and advantages of easements among farmers and land owners in the U.S. By partnering with a Massachusetts-based land trust, Stephen Decater and his wife were able to buy their own farm. The conservation easement requires them to cultivate the land organically and is also in the vanguard of keeping Western land in productive agriculture. However, Brian Crawford, Marin County's deputy director of planning, cautions that easements may be hard to enforce and monitor. The Decaters also reflected on what they have achieved and what to give up. The agreement requires them to pass their farm to their sons only but have to sell it in a set price in case their sons would not. Decater claims farmlands for farmers are as important as their passion to farm.


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