Preserving land fosters diversity

In Elizabeth Ellicott Lea’s time, diversity at the table meant African, German, English, and Native American dishes and ingredients. Today the Agricultural Reserve’s diversity includes historic sites, spiritual retreats, and wildlife sanctuaries. People come to the Reserve to hike, bike, kayak, and pick apples. There are farmers who grow commodity crops and those who grow table crops. Some farms have operated through generations, others are new endeavors.

The land has helped preserve a diverse economy, and lots of stories. We’re pleased that The Cook’s Cook thought this one was worth telling.

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Claudia Kousoulas