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DeKalb County Farmland Foundation Records

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Collection Overview

Title: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation Records, 1997-2014

ID: RHC/RC/283

Extent: 1.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The DeKalb County Farmland Foundation records are arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 01/02/2007. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Agriculture, DeKalb County (Ill), DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, Land use, Soil conservation, Urban development

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The DeKalb County Farmland Foundation records date from 1997 to 2014.  The records include meeting minutes, agendas, newsletters, mission statements, by-laws, tax forms, and other basic components that make up the infrastructure of a not-for-profit organization.  Included are correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service, other conservation organizations, and DeKalb County officials and representatives.

Collection Historical Note

The DeKalb County Farmland Foundation (DCFF) was formed in 1998 by thirteen DeKalb County residents after a DeKalb County governmental and interested groups conference called “Vision 2000" inspired them to counter encroaching urbanization in their county.  The increasing housing and corporation developments in towns all over the DeKalb region threatened to replace the farmland and alter the rural atmosphere that members of the DCFF wished to maintain.  These thirteen DeKalb residents sought to initiate a grassroots campaign of “voluntary conservation easement” for DeKalb County farmers, looking for ways to restrict farmland use for solely agricultural or open space purposes.

The majority of the DeKalb County Farmland Foundation’s time and efforts in its first few years were geared towards gaining the tax-exempt status of a not-for-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code of Section 501 C (3).  The DCFF also formed collaboration efforts with the DeKalb County Planning/Zoning/Building Department during the update of the County Comprehensive Plan in 1998, attending and participating in the public hearings.  The DCFF also became closely aligned with the efforts of the nationally-based Land Trust Alliance and the Fox Watershed Land Alliance.  The DCFF even modeled their by-laws, applications, appeals, and arguments with the Internal Revenue Service after that of the Land Trust Alliance.  The farmland organization also took part in discussions between local farmers and the Land Trust Alliance to have farmland restricted from urban development, participating in the first conservation easement effort in the DeKalb area. The organization reached out to the public utilizing brochures, newsletters, fundraisers, a website, and community events.  The organization still maintains nonprofit, tax-exempt status and is still an active advocate of conservation easement in DeKalb County, Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Agriculture
DeKalb County (Ill)
DeKalb County Farmland Foundation
Land use
Soil conservation
Urban development

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional records were donated at a later date.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Alan Voelker

Acquisition Method: Alan Voelker, a member of the board of directors in the DeKalb County Farmland Foundation donated their organization’s records to the Regional History Center on January 2, 2007. Additional records were donated at later dates.


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Folder 1: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 1997
Folder 2: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 1998
Folder 3: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 1999
Folder 4: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, January-September 2000
Folder 5: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, September-December 2000
Folder 6: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 2001
Folder 7: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 2002
Folder 8: DeKalb County Farmland Foundation, 2003

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