Save the Last Farm on Old Ranch Road

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Summit Land Conservancy has secured $8.8 million in federal dollars to save the 158-acre Osguthorpe Farm on Old Ranch Road. The federal funding is one of the largest grants ever awarded to farmland conservation in the state of Utah. The NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) money has also been leveraged with a generous family contribution of $3.4 million, over $3 million of individual contributions from the community, and a $500,000 grant provided by Summit County Council. The Conservancy is now working to find the last $1.8 million to complete the transaction before March 2019. A matching grant is currently available which will double every donation to save the farm.

The Osguthorpe Farm on Old Ranch Road is recognizable as the large irrigated property on the north side of road. It’s visible from the adjacent Willow Creek Park, the ski resorts, and Round Valley. The property has been designated as a “Heritage Amenity” in the Snyderville Basin General Plan, and is the last living farm standing on Old Ranch Road.

The Osguthorpe family has called Park City home since the 1940’s and has run a successful sheep ranching operation where they continue to grow alfalfa and oats. Their sheep business, also known as Red Pine Livestock Company, is known for using the highest standards regarding animal welfare, responsible land management, and providing quality products. Steve Osguthorpe began herding at the age of 12, and learned conservation values that his father “Doc” instilled in him at a young age. In 2011, The Osguthorpe family received the Sand County Foundation’s ‘Leopold Conservation Award‘ which recognizes agricultural landowners actively committed to a land ethic. If you’ve walked the scenic McPolin Farmlands, hiked PC Hill, or Nordic skied the “Land of Oz” in Round Valley, you’ve enjoyed some of the precious opens paces the Osguthorpe Family has helped preserve for our community!

 “Houses are the last crop” — Steve Osguthorpe

The federal funding to save the farm on Old Ranch Road comes from a Farm Bill program established to protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing the development of productive working lands like the Osguthorpe Farm. Land protected by agricultural land easements provides additional public benefits including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat and the protection of open space. 

What YOU can do to help save the Last Farm on Old Ranch Road:

  • Tell your friends and neighbors!
  • Make a donation to save Osguthorpe Farm. For gifts larger than $5,000 (or if you want to make a stock donation), please contact Cheryl Fox at cheryl@wesaveland.org or 435-649-0220.
  • Donate $1 for every acre of the farm ($158 or more) and have an opportunity to win a XC ski pass and ski rental package, generously donated by White Pine Touring.

 

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*The Summit Land Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law. In the extremely unfortunate occurrence that the Osguthorpe Farm project is not completed, please contact us about a refund of your donation.

Thank You to our Osguthorpe Farm Donors!

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