Horse Farms Forever Celebrates Four Years of Big Wins for the Farmland Preservation Area

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
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On Friday May 20, we held our annual Spring Speaker Series at the College of Central Florida Vintage Farm Campus. It was an intimate event for our members, guests and other large farm owners to continue the conversation about conservation. We celebrated the Horse Farms Forever's fourth birthday and reflected on the growth and success under the leadership of outgoing Executive Director Sara Powell Fennessy. It was a great opportunity to honor Sara for her service and welcome our new Executive Director, Emily Holmes.

Billy Van Pelt II, Director of Special Program Development and Senior Advisor at the American Farmland Trust, was our featured speaker for the evening. Van Pelt highlighted the importance of good planning through Marion County’s Comprehensive Plan, but he also emphasized the important role that private landowner’s play in conserving farms to help ensure the future of the equine industry.

Generous sponsorship by Lugano Diamonds literally made the evening sparkle! We thank them for aligning with our mission to protect the Farmland Preservation Area.

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Read Van Pelt's guidance to Marion County landowners highlighted by candids of our guests by Sean Dowie: HERE

It is the vision and mission of Horse Farms Forever® to inspire conservation of horse farms through education, awareness and idea exchange so as to preserve natural pasture land focusing on horses and their habitats, to protect soil and water on which they depend, and minimize land use conflicts in Marion County, Florida.

Horses, horse farms and the horse industry create the “character and culture” that define Marion County. The aim of Horse Farms Forever® is to raise awareness and education to ensure that this “sense of place” is protected for future generations.