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OC Land Trust to honor William Brown and Barbara Felton of Lowland Farm at benefit reception on June 2


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  • Photo by Lowland Farm The Orange County Land Trust will honor William Brown and Barbara Felton of Lowland Farm in Warwick at its 2017 annual Benefit Reception and Auction on June 2 at the Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley.



— The Orange County Land Trust will honor William Brown and Barbara Felton of Lowland Farm in Warwick at its 2017 annual Benefit Reception and Auction on Friday evening, June 2, at the Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley.

“Will and Barbara will be honored for their commitment to farmland protection, public access to nature, and agriculture as a vibrant and valuable part of Orange County’s economy and heritage," said Land Trust Executive Director Jim Delaune in a press release detailing the selection.

The benefit chair for this year's fund-raising event is the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, which was honored by the Land Trust last year for its longtime support of conservation and its work in launching the Chester Agricultural Center.

'Commitment to protect'Lisa Stern, vice president of the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, said the Foundation is “thrilled” the Land Trust has chosen to honor Will Brown and Barbara Felton.

“Not only have Will and Barbara made the commitment to protect their Warwick farm for future generations," Stern said, "but they have also started work on the creation of a public access trail through this land for others to enjoy.

“Will and Barbara have provided invaluable support to the development of the Chester Agricultural Center, and Will has worked tirelessly in pursuit of its efforts to acquire farmland and assist beginning organic farmers," Stern added. "They are smart, creative and strategic thinkers, always ready to share their expertise and lend a hand - or a shovel - as the occasion warrants.”

Purchase of Development RightsBrown and Felton have owned Lowland Farm since 1985.

In 2007, the 293-acre farm was permanently protected under Warwick’s Purchase of Development Rights Program, in cooperation with Orange County, Scenic Hudson and Orange County Land Trust.

The farm utilizes sustainable grazing methods to raise 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished beef and lamb, as well as pasture-raised pork, which are allowed to forage naturally in the farm’s woodlands.

Brown has been an active board member of the Orange County Land Trust since 2011.

The receptionThe reception will feature cocktail-style dining and a silent auction of experiences, services and items from the Hudson Valley. There also will be a raffle.

The annual benefit reception is the Land Trust’s largest fund-raising event to support the conservation of viable farmland, watersheds and wildlife habitats throughout Orange County.

Tickets are $175 each and are available for purchase online at www.oclt.org or by calling the Land Trust at 845-534-3690.

For more information, and for sponsorship and advertising opportunities, visit www.oclt.org.

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