Agricultural landscapes are an important component in the ‘sense of place’ of the Town of Cazenovia. In 2007, CPF actively became involved in farmland protection through its work on the purchase of development rights (PDR) of the Critz Farm (241 acres) by the State.
Through this state program, CPF holds an agricultural easement on the farm and farmstead in perpetuity. We monitor the farm operations to ensure that agricultural soils are preserved and that new structures and operations meet the restrictive easement guidelines.
CPF has also protected Greyrock Farm (272 acres), Reed Farm (422 acres), and most recently, Pushlar Farm (565 acres) through this program.
In addition, CPF holds protective easements on 7 other parcels of active farmland that total 958 acres. Some of these easements also protect scenic and open space values.