History of the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust Society
In 2009 the Kings County Federation of Agriculture, along with support from Municipal and Provincial governments, sponsored a one day seminar entitled Preserving Agricultural Lands: Tools for success.
Held in Greenwich, Kings County, the event attracted over 100 individuals representing citizens, farmers, government and environmental groups. Three guest speakers from Canada and the United States presented options for agricultural land preservation and the conference ended with a desire by the attendees to investigate the possibility of a farmland trust for the Valley.
A working group of interested individuals from the conference was established and began working on a strategic plan for the creation of a Farmland Trust. Over the next year the working group incorporated AVFTS as a society, successfully applied for charitable status and established a Board of Directors.
The Board’s focus is on raising awareness of AVFTS goals and on building the organization. The objectives created for the Farmland Trust emphasize not only the importance of protecting farmland but also supporting the farmers and the farming community working the land.