Lansing Farm is a 20-acre farm in the town of Colonie, in Albany County, New York. The farm has been in the same family for eight generations, and the current remnant of the once larger farm has been under threat of subdivision for development as it is in a residential area with little open land and significant development pressure. Permanently protecting the land’s affordability for agriculture will allow Al Lansing, operator of Lansing Farm Market and Greenhouses, to acquire the property from his family’s estate. A grant was awarded in December 2018 from New York’s Department of Agriculture and Markets for a conservation easement which will be held by Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. The easement will include resale restrictions that ensure future sales will be made to farmers at an affordable price. Additional funding will be provided by Equity Trust’s Hudson Valley Farm Affordability Program with matching funds raised from the local community by Mohawk Hudson and friends of the farm along with a contribution from Scenic Hudson Land Trust.
Once preserved, Lansing Farm will remain working farmland, affordable and accessible to farmers in the Capital District in perpetuity, and significantly, to Al’s adult children who are poised to take over operations when Al retires.