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The Trumbauer Farm

Arthur Trumbauer loved the land. He was proud of the 94 acre farm he had bought in District Township in the beautiful Oley Hills of Berks County, Pennsylvania. As a young man, he spent months hauling rocks to make the land tillable. Year after year Arthur plowed the fields and planted crops. He and his wife raised their family in the old stone farmhouse.

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As their children grew up and moved away, Arthur continued to farm his land. He could be seen long into the evenings plowing the fields. As he grew older, he knew that he could not continue farming forever. Developers had approached him about buying his farm to use for a housing development. They made him lucrative offers. He considered the offers, but Arthur could not imagine the farm he had worked so hard to create being divided into tiny building lots for houses.

The west side of the farm slopes toward Pine Creek.

When his wife passed away,

he knew what he must do.

He talked to representatives of the Berks Conservancy and the Pine Creek Valley Watershed Association about how to protect his land from future development. At the age of 93, he made the decision to place a conservation easement on his property, thereby guaranteeing that it could never be subdivided. Arthur then sold the land to a farmer subject to the conservation easement. His beloved farm is now protected in perpetuity.

Arthur Trumbauer passed away in March of 2012 at the age of 98. On spring evenings another young farmer can be seen plowing the fields that Arthur loved so well. Arthur would be very proud indeed. His beautiful farm is now a lasting testament to his love of the land and a legacy to his community that will endure forever.  

The corner of this field touches a corner Wilhelm Roscher's  conserved land.

The Kriebel farm is the northern neighbor of the Trumbauer Farm.

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The headwaters of the Pine Creek flow at the edge of the conserved land.

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