Abstract

Despite their apparent compatibility, agricultural land preservation (focused on preserving farmland for future agricultural use) and historic preservation programs (focused on rehabilitation and continued use of historic buildings) seldom operate together. Though sometimes farming and historic preservation are in fact incompatible, in many cases the two kinds of preservation may be pursued together. The prospects seem best where farming is an ancillary household activity (for example a hobby farm or a part-time farm); where it is firmly tied to tourism; where it is small scale and diversified, such as in local food or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) production; and where it is one part of a larger strategy that includes natural resource conservation. Successful collaborations have developed throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England. No matter how the blending is pursued, agricultural historians can play a crucial mediating role by providing high-quality documentation.

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