Saving the family farm in Ontario County

State agricultural grant money will help protect a sixth-generation Canandaigua grain farm.

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets awarded $1.86 million for a perpetual conservation easement through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program that will go toward preserving just over 700 acres of farmland at the Brock Acres Farm.

State, town of Canandaigua and Finger Lakes Land Trust officials gathered Tuesday at the Brace Road farm with the family of farm owner Scott Brocklebank, who said he and son Travis are the fifth and sixth generation of Brocklebanks to farm the land.

“My father and grandfathers would be so pleased to know we have taken this step that has given us peace of mind that at least 701 acres will be forever preserved as farmland,” Scott Brocklebank said in a prepared statement.

The town now has more than 2,000 acres of land that will be used solely for agriculture and is protected from future development.

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