Working farm to be developed in western Cary

CARY–Local farmers will begin sowing seeds this spring for their first batches of fruits and vegetables on part of a 29-acre, town-owned property off Morrisville Carpenter Road.

The town preserved this land, known as A.M. Howard Farm, in 2007 so it could one day be developed a working farm – and could pay homage to the land’s and the town’s agricultural history. The Cary Town Council took some of the first steps to make that happen at a Thursday, Aug. 25, meeting.

The council unanimously approved an 8-year lease with the Piedmont Conservation Council, a nonprofit that promotes conservation and sustainable communities, for the purpose of subleasing 1/2- to 2-acre plots to newly trained farmers. Council members also approved appropriating about $57,000, in part for water line installation, for this effort.

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(News & Observer, 9/11/2016)