From the indigenous people who first settled this part of the country to the present day, Essex County has a long agricultural history. Farms are still a vibrant and important part of
our social fabric, our economy, and our food needs.
Greenbelt has worked since our earliest days to keep Essex County’s farms intact. To date, Greenbelt has partnered with over 50 farm families, preserving more than 1,000 acres of
Our Farms, Our Future seeks to support the long-term viability of Essex County’s farms not just through conserving land, but through:
Creating opportunities for secure & affordable farmland access
Free educational programs for farmers with partner farm service organizations
Educating our members and the public on how to support local farms.
Threats to Essex County Farms
From climate change to farmland affordability, our region’s farmers face unprecedented threats to their livelihood and their ability to pass on their farmland to the next generation of farmers.
By supporting local farms, you are eating the freshest possible produce, meat, and eggs, reducing the use of fossil fuels used to transport food from far away, and keeping your dollars
invested in your local community.