Reason #5 to Attend the Sustain-a-Ball: Farmland Preservation
We’re going to say it straight out: farmland preservation. The Sustain-a-Ball will help RenewLV to continue to advocate for farmland preservation.
Last year with the help of a host of amazing people, under the leadership of Julie Thomases, RenewLV board member and chair of the Farmland Preservation Committee, we pushed for the budgets to be restored for the farmland preservation offices of Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
We asked for $2 million for Lehigh County’s budget and $1 million for Northampton County. Lehigh County heard us. The 2017 budget for their farmland preservation program IS $2 million! Northampton County restored $500,000 to their easement program. These dollars go to putting easements on farmland in our region so that the farm fields you see today will stay in agricultural production “in perpetuity.” That means: “Farmland Forever.”
We are so grateful for the work done to date, but the job is not over.
Now what? In order for our region to even consider approaching the goal of preserving 25% of the land of our region for agriculture (the goal stated in our region’s comprehensive plan,) we have to keep the funding levels for the county programs up for ten years.
PLUS, we need local municipalities to raise money locally for farmland preservation as some townships like Moore Township in Northampton County and Upper Milford in Lehigh County have done.
AND, we need the state to not slash their matching programs.
We would like to keep the drum beat going for farmland preservation at all levels of government, but “until we don’t need money, we will need money.” The Sustain-a-Ball is a fundraiser for RenewLV. We want to continue to advocate for farmland preservation. We want to continue to make noise for this urgent issue, but we need your help.
If you can join us on Saturday, we would love to have you in the room. We can still squeeze you in. You can purchase the tickets for $50 per person online at: https://tinyurl.com/sustainaball
If you cannot join us but care about farmland preservation and would like to make a donation to our campaign, please go to: www.renewlv.org/donate/ and make a donation in any amount. Or, send a check made out to “RenewLV” to 1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
The investment you make in joining us for the Sustain-a-Ball is tiny compared to the benefits that farmland preservation will give the region.
Plus, we think that you will have a really good time on Saturday night, honoring our farmland preservation heroes, enjoying food and music, receiving a Native American blessing and joining together in community for a cause that is near and dear to so many hearts.
Join our title sponsor, Embassy Bank and others including Samuel Adams, The Amaranth Foundation, Jenny’s Kuali, The Sustainable Energy Fund, Canns Bilco, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Wesley Works, Kate Dixon, Morris Black & Sons, Working Dog Press, The Rural Preservation Association for Northwestern Lehigh County, David Horung Architect Planner, Inc., Morgan Stanley, The Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works, Don Miles, Mike Drabenstott, Bill Erdman, Bill George, Dick Lane, Julie Thomases, Lehigh University, Natural Awakenings
Saturday, June 17 from 6 – 10 PM
Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton Street
Program, hors d’oeuvres
Ceremony by Lakota Leader
Pasta bar, dessert, music, dancing
Attire: Formal to Farm-All!
Dress is Formal to Farm-all! From bow ties and pearls to overalls and pitchforks.
If you have questions, call 917-288-3936 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Area farmers markets and sustainability-minded business will have an opportunity to share information at our information tables.