Moore Family Protects 474 Acres in Leicester

Moore Family Protects 474 Acres in Leicester

iNovember 21, 2016

A total of 474 acres of important farmland have been protected by the Moore family in Leicester, NY this week.

(Pictured above: The Moores harvesting soybeans on the farm this fall.)

The Family

The Moore family farm started in 1953 when Lester Moore purchased 330 acres of prime farmland and began milking 30 cows.  The dairy herd increased to 75 milk cows in 1965 when Gary and Dennis formed a partnership with their father, Lester.  Land was added to the operation in 1963 when 150 acres were purchased.

The farm ownership and management transferred to Gary and Dennis in 1979 and the two continued to grow, milking 120 milk cows by the late 1990s.  The farm operation changed in 2006 when the cows were sold and Gary and Dennis shifted to a cash crop operation.

Dennis’s and Marilyn’s son Patrick is the third generation to live and work on the farm.

(Pictured: Executive Director Benjamin Gajewski, Farmland Specialist David Bojanowski, landowner Gary Moore, landowner Dennis Moore, and Board President Paul Frame after closing.)


The Farm

The farmland, located north and south of Dunkley Road in Leicester, is a mixture of important farm and forest lands. 

The soils on the farm are made up of 50% USDA prime soils and 35% Statewide Important soils.  The farm has consistently incorporated conservation practices including conservation crop rotations, drain tiling, runoff diversions, conservation tillage practices, and cover crops.  In 1984, the Moore Farm was chosen as the Livingston County Conservation Farm of the Year by the Soil & Water Conservation District.

The farm currently grows corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay crops for local dairy operations and dry hay for baling.    

Nearly 85 acres on the property are forested, buffering multiple sections of Little Beards Creek and Beards Creek, which flow into the Genesee River.

(Pictured: A historic aerial view of the farm when it was an active dairy operation.)

How Conservation Happened

Three conservation easements were used to protect this property.  The easements were purchased through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grant offered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets which seeks to protect the best farmland in the State to ensure a robust agricultural economy continues for future generations.  The landowners also donated a portion of these easement’s value.

The project was selected by Livingston County as a priority project in 2014, through a pre-application process which ranks farms according to their expected competiveness at the State level.  The Genesee Valley Conservancy then worked with the Moores to develop a State grant application, which was awarded in 2014.  The Conservancy then worked with Gary and Dennis to complete the details of the project and, this week, place three conservation easements on their farm; ensuring the open space and agricultural uses of the land remain available forever into the future.

For information on this program and the next local selection process, please contact the Conservancy office.

(Pictured: One of several forests on the property buffering creeks that flow into the Genesee River.)