Healthy communities need clean air and water, access to nature and food to eat. Agricultural products that are sourced and sold within the island community contribute to the County’s food security. At its inception, the Land Bank recognized the importance of this and included agriculture as a component of its wide-ranging organizational mandate.
The islands’ culture and history are also tightly linked to agriculture, and pastoral landscapes possess significant scenic value.
The Land Bank has made concerted efforts to protect agricultural land in the County by limiting development on private lands through the purchase of conservation easements, and by the purchase of properties that are then leased to local farmers. To date, the Land Bank has protected 1,600 acres of farmland and leases nearly 400 acres to local farmers.
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