71.138 Agricultural Acres Permanently Protected In Cecil County
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2018
ELKTON, MD. -- Cecil County Government is pleased to announce that 71 acres of prime agricultural land in Cecil County is permanently protected. The property, owned by the Rodney Brewer family and located on Lombard Road in Rising Sun, is now permanently protected by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF).
The Brewer family bought the first 50 acres of the farm in 1959. In subsequent years, the family acquired adjoining properties bringing the farm to its total acreage. Prior to the Brewer family owning this farm, it was part of Lot 37 of the Nottingham Lots. The Nottingham Lots are an area of Cecil County that was claimed by both the Calvert and Penn Families in the 17th century and was not settled until the establishment of the Mason-Dixon Line in 1767. Today, a stone marker, indicating that the Brewer Farm is the located on part of Lot 37, is located along Lombard Road on the front of their farm.
The property is located within both a Priority Preservation Area (PPA) and the Fair Hill Rural Legacy Area (RLA) meeting future land use objectives. The acquisition of this easement is consistent with the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. Specifically, it encourages the conservation of agricultural and forested lands; Encourages sustainable agribusiness and other natural resource based industries; maintains the equity value of agricultural land; maintains the rural character of the County; and protects private property rights.
“Cecil County’s agricultural legacy will continue in perpetuity with these natural, preserved properties,” stated County Executive Alan McCarthy. “It is truly an honor to have more Cecil County farms recognized in this way.”
Today, Rodney’s and Rebecca’s daughter and son-in- law, Rachel and Conor, handle the day-to-day operations, with a part of the farm rented out for crop production. With an eye to future generations, they seek to improve soil quality by using organic and biodynamic techniques in the fields. They are also beginning to manage the woodlot so as to create a more diverse ecosystem for native Maryland flora and fauna as they remove invasive species and plant native trees, shrubs, and seeds.
Rachel and Conor also run a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business, are part of the Newark Farmer's Market and are considering a produce stand in the future. Rachel's siblings Jonathan & Sarah helped to start the CSA.
The Forest on site is managed under the provisions of a Forest Stewardship Plan, which was included with the MALPF application. The forest area is also used for hunting by various members of the Brewer family. The Brewer’s have worked with the Soil Conservation office over the years for management of the farm.
The Cecil County Department of Land Use & Development Services continues to work toward the 55,000 acre agricultural preservation goal set in 2000. 27,549 acres have been placed into protective agricultural easement or approved by the Board of Public Works with an additional 3,926 acres that have started the process of agricultural land protection. In addition, 22,509 acres of Cecil County land is within a federal, state, county, town or open space parcels in fee ownership. This totals 50,034 acres of Cecil County land that is protected from development.
For more information regarding the MALPF program, please visit mda.maryland.gov/malpf. For more information regarding land preservation in Cecil County, please contact Stephen J. O'Connor, AICP in the Department of Land Use & Development Services at 410-996-5220 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A stone marker, indicating that the Brewer Farm is the located on part of Lot 37, is located along Lombard Road on the front of the farm.
The Brewer property is located within both a Priority Preservation Area and the Fair Hill Rural Legacy Area.