Friday, November 4, 2016
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT
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Historic Herff Farm in Boerne, Texas is an iconic Texas Hill Country landscape that has been carefully restored by the non-profit organization Friends of Cibolo Wilderness and is now being transformed into a center for sustainable living. In 2016, the farm was recognized with a Preservation Texas Honor Award, and the homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A new Texas Historical Commission marker celebrates the life of the farm's namesake, Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig von Herff, a prominent San Antonio physician who emigrated from Germany in the mid 1800's. Taking cues from its past, Herff Farm is a destination that currently hosts a weekly farmers market, “Farm Classroom” for area schoolchildren and demonstrations showcasing best practices for water conservation, renewable energy and small-scale agricultural production. This session will highlight financial, legal and programmatic strategies that have been utilized to conserve the property in perpetuity. The Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit was established by the Texas Legislature in 2015 for certified rehabilitation work on historically-designated properties and equals 25 percent of eligible costs and expenses. This is a valuable financial tool for owners and investors who wish to rehabilitate cultural treasures to the Standards of Rehabilitation of the Secretary of the Interior. The property has also been placed under a voluntary conservation easement, a legal agreement between the landowner and a land trust that limits the owner's development rights in order to maintain its natural and cultural features. Finally, building public support by providing access, services and programs helps ensure a culture of stewardship and sense of ownership by the greater community.
Michael McAnelly, firstname.lastname@example.org