POTOMAC, Md. (AP) -- An organic farmer in Potomac who operates on school system-owned land says he'll be allowed to remain on the farm until August as part of a preliminary settlement.

Nick Maravell had sought an injunction to remain on the land after his lease expired in March. School officials had leased the land to Montgomery County for soccer fields.

A court hearing was scheduled for Thursday, but Maravell tells The Washington Post that he and county officials have reached a preliminary settlement that allows him to stay at the farm until Aug. 15 in exchange for dropping the case. He says the county could extend his stay beyond that. (http://wapo.st/vU4VpT)

Maravell's lawyer says his client has reached a separate settlement with the school board.

Maravell has tended the farm for 31 years.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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