The City of Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program is an innovative land preservation program that has protected over 5,491 acres of farmland
and open space surrounding the City of Ann Arbor since 2003.
Bur Oaks Farm
Here is footage from the first of many farms protected by the Ann Arbor Greenbelt Program. Tom and Rosanne Bloomer are the owners of Bur Oaks Farm, a 152-acre farm in Webster Township. The farm was protected by the Greenbelt in 2005. Bur Oaks Farm grows specialty popcorn varieties and sources to local Ann Arbor markets.
For more information about Bur Oaks Farm popcorn, please visit their website
Green Things Farm
Nate and Jill Lada are the owners and operators of Green Things Farm, a 60-acre certified organic farm serving local markets. This property is preserved by Ann Arbor Township, and the Greenbelt contributed funding towards the project. For more information about Green Things Farm, please visit their website or visit them out at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.
Shatter Family Preserve
This beautiful 25 acre property is owned and managed by Legacy Land Conservancy. The Anthony and Rose Shatter Family Preserve is located in Salem Township, and is a high quality mesic southern forest, with several pockets of buttonbush swamps – both of which are considered vulnerable in Michigan and relatively few examples remain. This project was a partnership between the City of Ann Arbor's Greenbelt Program, Salem Township, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation, and Legacy Land Conservancy.