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Raise the Roof at Lundale Farm

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We're Raising the Roof - and we need your help!
The main farmhouse and springhouse at Lundale Farm in Pottstown, PA is under easement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The 19th Century home and springhouse need new roofs to maintain their historical integrity. Once the roofs have been raised, we'll celebrate at the farm - and you'll be invited! (Roof replacement is planned for summer 2018.)

Lundale Farm is a 520 acre sustainable farming community that is a place of inspiration, innovation and opportunity for new farmers, landowners, and others committed to locally grown food. 

Lundale Farm is committed to:

1.     Building a community of farmers committed to growing wholesome food using sustainable methods for their communities, while also growing profitable businesses.

2.     Collaborating with other landowners through consulting or management services to build communities of farmers on their land to grow and sustain their communities.

3.     Educating regional farmers and the greater community about sustainable farming methods and business practices, local food, and the environment in which we live, work, and play.

Can you help us Raise the Roof, and share with others who can help us, too?

More Information About Lundale Farm can be found on our website: www.lundalefarm.org. You can also sign up for a tour of the farm to learn more about our mission and work.

Lundale Farm was home to Sam and Eleanor Morris, visionaries and pioneers in the preservation of agricultural lands and historic landscapes.

The Morrises purchased Lundale Farm in 1946 as a place to raise their growing family, which eventually numbered eight children. Sam attended University of Pennsylvania Law School after World War II and began practicing law while Eleanor threw herself into community work.

In time, it was the land and farming that became the focus of their energy and involvement. Concerned with creeping suburbanization and the loss of prime farmland to development, Sam and Eleanor Morris founded the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust in 1967. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to preserve open space in the two watersheds through donation of easements on private land and acquisition of land for public use. The Trust was one of the earliest land trusts in the United States to use easements to preserve open space and farmland. During their time of involvement, the Trust initiated efforts that resulted in saving over 5000 acres in open space, including 2500 acres that significantly expanded several public parks.

In 1970, Sam Morris was elected to Pennsylvania’s General Assembly, in which he served for 18 years. He was Chairman of the House Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee for eight years. In the late 1980s, he was the prime sponsor of nationally recognized legislation enabling the purchase of development rights on farms and initially providing $100 million to fund such purchases. Subsequent legislative victories and bond issues to finance the purchase of farmland development rights have made Pennsylvania a national and emulated leader in both the size and scope of efforts to preserve farmland. To date, over 4070 farms totaling over 432,730 acres have been preserved with funding of $1 billion dollars, more than any other state in the nation. Samuel Morris has been called “the father of agricultural land preservation in the United States” by many in the field.

It is the belief of Lundale Farm, Inc.’s Board that this use for Sam and Eleanor Morris’ beloved farm, which inspired their conservation advocacy, rooted their achievements and sustained their spirits, is the highest expression of their legacy of leadership and love for the land.
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Lundale Farm, a non-profit farm nestled in the hills of northern Chester County, has a long history dedicated to honoring agricultural heritage and preserving farmland. In May, at the organization’s annual meeting, the Board of Directors honored outgoing board member, L. Stockton Illoway, for his years of dedication and service since the organization began back in December 2010, and thanked outgoing president, Eleanor Morris Illoway, for her leadership and devotion to the farm and its mission of addressing the overlapping issues of access to land for newer farmers, sustainable farming practices, and growing healthy food for the region.

Lundale Farm was the home of Sam and Eleanor Morris who founded the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust. They originally purchased 60 acres in 1946 and, over time, expanded the farm to 520 acres. All of the land is subject to conservation easements and is permanently preserved for farming.

Lundale Farm is entering a new era of leadership, but also is seeking vital public support to preserve its historic farmhouse and springhouse that serve as housing for farmers, the board’s meeting space, and storage for the farm’s historical files. The public is asked to help the farm “Raise the Roof!” in an effort to preserve the structures registered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

According to the National Trust, “The house is a fine example of a well preserved late eighteenth century local farmhouse which grew to accommodate the needs of the owners.” The farmhouse was originally built in two sections, with the first in 1796.

The springhouse is the earliest structure on the property, built by James Pugh sometime after he purchased the property in 1713. A springhouse was built in the cellar of the house below two floors of living space plus an attic.

Maintaining the aging buildings is the non-profit’s greatest financial challenge as this infrastructure is critical to the small farmers that call the farm home to grow local vegetables, fruits, dairy, and meats. Lundale Farm supports sustainable agriculture by connecting farmers to available land and housing, and providing educational opportunities about sustainable agriculture to farmers and the public.
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$530 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 3 months
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Lundale Farm Inc
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