Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Farm Protected from Development

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Farm Protected from Development

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A farm in Findlay that has become a local attraction will have 105 of its acres permanently protected from development.

Janoski's Farm and Greenhouse, a family-owned-and-operated farm in the Clinton section of Findlay since 1962, is being protected through Pennsylvania's farmland preservation program.

Under the program, farm owners are offered financial incentives in exchange for land conservation and agree to relinquish their rights to develop their private property outside of agricultural uses.

Established in 1890, the Janoski farm started out in Mt. Lebanon and moved to Findlay when owners Sonny and JoAnn Janoski were married. The homestead is now a local attraction that has a winery, restaurant, garden center, bakery and gift shop.

Pumpkinland is a seasonal event that offers hayrides, a haunted barn, corn maze, straw jump and apple picking.

The preservation of the Janoski Farm illustrates how communities can encourage responsible growth while simultaneously supporting the protection of agricultural land and farm families," said Janet Craig, Findlay supervisor and a board member of the Pennsylvania farmland preservation program. …

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