This November 23, 2015 article, Christmas tree tradition takes root in Ashfield, features the story of former LFG clients Cecilia and Emmet Van Driesche, who LFG helped to develop a plan to acquire the farm from Al Pieropan, the now 84-year-old owner.
The story illustrates how a farm’s legacy can be preserved through a well-thought out, and gradual transfer to a new owner and steward. “Van Driesche isn’t a Pieropan, but the legacy of the farm hasn’t been lost on him. “This farm means so much to so many people,” Van Driesche said. “People have been cutting their Christmas trees here for over 40 years. They have a connection with this place that I have, but their connection goes back generations.”