Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank surveys farmlands

Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank surveys farmlands

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The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank commission recently completed an annual review of 12 farm leases to determine that the lessees use of the land remained compatible with “the goals and objectives of the Land Bank,” according to a press release.

The Land Bank commission voted to continue the leases based on positive recommendations from land foreman Matthew Dix. “They comprise some 75 acres, from Chilmark to Chappaquiddick, and include livestock pasturage, crop and flower cultivation, bee-keeping and haying,” Land Bank executive director James Lengyel said.

The Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group holds a related lease for the use of a beach-house on land bank property in Edgartown to raise shellfish spat.

“Additionally, the Land Bank owns agricultural preservation restrictions over some 400 acres of private land across the Island,” Mr. Lengyel said. “Livestock and vegetable cultivation predominate on these private lands. All told, some 15 percent of the Land Bank’s 3,136 conserved acres is devoted to farming.”