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Lancaster Farmland Trust Records

Identifier: MS 067


This collection contains the administrative, outreach, and publicity records of Lancaster Farmland Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich and productive farmland of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Strengths of the collection include comprehensive financial and administrative records of the organization, and a complete run of organizational newsletters. Additional strengths include lengthy runs of annual reports, event programs, and newspaper clippings.


  • 1988-present,
  • Majority of material found within 1993-present


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

Lancaster Farmland Trust was founded in May of 1988 as the Friends of Agricultural Land Preservation, a support arm of the Lancaster County Agricultural Preserve Board. In August of that year, the name was changed to Lancaster Farmland Trust. The mission of this non-profit organization is to "preserve the rich and productive farmland of Lancaster County, to support good stewardship of the land, and to encourage a thriving agricultural economy." LFT began with two staff members, and preserved its first three farms in December 1988 with a gift from the Garber family of East Donegal Township. In 1991, LFT and the Lancaster County Agricultural Preserve Board celebrated the joint preservation of 10,000 acres of farmland in Lancaster County. A similar 20,000 acre joint celebration was held at Franklin and Marshall College in the Fall of 1995. In August of 1999, Lancaster Farmland Trust celebrated the preservation of its 100th farm. LFT's current executive director, Karen Martynick joined LFT in July 2004, having previously served as a Chester County commissioner. During her twelve years in public office, Chester County preserved over 30,000 acres of farmland. For a more complete timeline of LFT's history, please visit the Who We Are section of the organization's website at


2 Linear feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection: Organized into four series: I. Administrative Records; II. Outreach and Education; III. Publications; IV. Publicity. primarily arranged by date or topical order thereafter.

Ownership and Custodial History

All the materials in this collection were donated in August 2004 by LFT Executive Director Karen Martynick.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Lancaster Farmland Trust. Address--Lancaster, PA. Method of acquisition--Gift (ongoing); Date of acquisition--2004-.

Processing Information

Initial processing completed August 2004.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States