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Some Farm Projects

North Amherst Community Farm

North Amherst Community Farm

Farm projects sometimes unfold so rapidly that they are hard to keep up with, but many take years to complete. Some require the sustained effort of a changing group for up to a decade! The creation of a permanently-protected North Amherst Community Farm has been years in the making, but all of the pieces have finally come together.

It started …

Walt’s Dairy

Walt's Dairy

photo credit: Columbia Land Conservancy

In June 2016, Walt’s Dairy, a family-owned fourth-generation dairy 
farm in Copake, NY run by Bill and Rosalie Kiernan and their two sons, Walter and David, was permanently protected with affordability restrictions. The Kiernans market through Cabot and Hudson Valley Fresh, a regional dairy cooperative that Bill helped start in 2005, that provides …

Farmer’s Daughter

Farmer's Daughter

Orange County Land Trust (OCLT) was awarded state funding to protect this 196-acre property and make its purchase affordable for the young farmers currently leasing it from a retiring farmer. Trish and Matt Southway produce livestock and vegetables for sale at their farm market, Farmer’s Daughter, in the nearby village of Otisville. Equity Trust is working with them through …

Supporting a start-up in Saratoga County

Supporting a start-up in Saratoga County

photo credit: Victoria Shelley

This year Tim Biello is launching Featherbed Lane Farm, a unique horse-powered, year-round community supported agriculture enterprise with a mission to provide the Saratoga Springs community with year-round access to the highest quality food and meaningful on-farm experiences. Through this diversified, draft-powered farm business (including a free-choice vegetable CSA and pastured eggs), Tim hopes to …

Collaborating to Protect a Hudson Valley Farm

Collaborating to Protect a Hudson Valley Farm

Owned and operated by Chris and Katie Cashen, The Farm at Miller’s Crossing grows certified organic vegetables, plants, and flowers, and has a small grass-fed organic beef herd. The farm feeds 920 CSA member families each summer CSA season, and 440 families each winter, the majority of whom live in Brooklyn and Queens. Chris and Katie also market their produce …

Bridge Loan, Grant Aid Farm Transfer and Protection

Bridge Loan, Grant Aid Farm Transfer and Protection

photo by Bridget Kelly

Laughing Earth Farm produces vegetables for 100 CSA member families and raises pastured poultry and pork. Farmers Zack and Annie Metzger began their operation on 166 rented acres in Cropseyville as the previous farmers were retiring. Both couples hoped the Metzgers could buy the farm, and they worked with Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) to apply for New …

Making a Dairy Farm Affordable in NY

Delapenta farmscape

Dean Zapp, a third generation dairy farmer, and his wife Michele, wanted to protect the property where they operate Delapenta Farms — 83½ acres in Ancram, NY, in the central part of the Town of Taghkanic, in Columbia County — by adding conservation and affordability restrictions to their land, and to use proceeds from the sale of those restrictions to …

Protecting a Farm, Conserving a Rare Cattle Breed

Randall cattle at Artemis Farm

Artemis Farm, in New Lebanon, a rural community located in the northeast corner of Columbia County, New York, is home to Cynthia Creech’s Randall cattle and her genetic preservation work to restore this hardy, historic breed. Randalls are a rare breed of purebred cattle developed in southern Vermont in the early 1900s, descended from the indigenous landrace cattle common in nineteenth …

South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust

South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust In 2013, South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust (SSCFLT) of Thurston County, WA completed the purchase of its first permanently affordable working farm. Together with Heernett Environmental Foundation Creekside Conservancy (HEF/CSC) and Kirsop Farm they acquired a 147-acre former dairy to establish the multi-use Scatter Creek Community Farm.

Northampton Community Farm

Northampton Community Farm When Northampton, MA, residents organized to protect a local farm from becoming athletic fields, Equity Trust supported them in many ways: from sharing farm preservation approaches and tools with City officials and the public, to providing fiscal agency for grants to the campaign, and later developing long-term farm leases. As with previous projects, our goal was to help balance community needs with needs of the farmers who work the land. Out of the organizing emerged Grow Food Northampton (GFN), a grassroots nonprofit that successfully partnered with the City and Trust for Public Land and orgaized a massive volunteer-led fundraising campaign purchase the farm in February 2011, protecting 121 acres of farmland.

Roxbury Farm

Roxbury Farm

During the 1990s, Jean-Paul Courtens developed a large CSA farm on rented land in New York’s Hudson Valley. In 1999, altered circumstances caused him to look for a new, permanent home for Roxbury Farm, but despite the success of the farm, he was not in a position to purchase land with conventional financing, due to the high price of …

Live Power Community Farm

Live Power Community Farm

Live Power Community Farm

Live Power Community Farm is a 50-acre, biodynamic and organic Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) farm that provides fresh, high-quality food for 160 households in the San Francisco Bay Area and Mendocino County.

With the support of a San Francisco-based CSA membership, Stephen and Gloria Decater had spent nearly 20 years developing this biodynamic farm on 40 …

Caretaker Farm

Image of Caretaker Farm silo and barn

Equity Trust facilitated the permanent protection of Caretaker Farm, a 35-acre farm in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in partnership with retiring farmers Sam and Elizabeth Smith, incoming farmers Don Zasada and Bridget Spann, the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (WRLF), and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To ensure that the farm will always continue to produce food for the local community, title is …

Dimond Hill Farm

aerial picture of Dimond Hill Farm

Dimond Hill Farm, a landmark property on the outskirts of Concord, New Hampshire, has been a working farm since the 1700s.  In 2006, Equity Trust partnered with the Trust for Public Land, the Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the NH Preservation Alliance, and the City of Concord to permanently protect this 108-acre farm and make it affordable for future farmers.

The farm …

Good Humus Produce

Good Humus Produce

Jeff and Annie Main have spent close to forty years developing their organic farm, Good Humus Produce, on 20 acres in Capay, CA. They have built a house and a barn on the property and their plantings include hedgerows of native trees that serve as windbreaks and a source of fuelwood, as well as 10 acres of annual crops, …

White Oak Farm and Education Center

White Oak Farm and Education Center

White Oak Farm and Education Center is a small, non-profit farm-based education center located in the Siskiyou mountains of Southern Oregon. In 2002, Equity Trust assisted in the purchase of 62 acres of farm and forest land in the town of Williams, OR, with donated funds, and we supported the creation of a local nonprofit to which title was then …

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

Fairview Gardens

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is a non-profit educational farm located in densely developed Goleta, California. Fairview Gardens was founded in 1895 and is considered by some to be the oldest organic farm in southern California. With support from Equity Trust, it has been preserved in perpetuity through an agricultural conservation easement.

The Chapman family had been …