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Hudson Valley Affordable Farms

Lewis Waite Farm

Lewis Waite Farm Lewis Waite Farm produces grass-fed beef and pork and runs a “CSA Extras Program,” aggregating and distributing local farm products. Owners Nancy and Alan Brown...

Lansing Farm

Lansing Farm

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 had been under threat of subdivision for development as it is in a residential area with little open land and significant development pressure. Protecting …

Hearty Roots Community Farm

Hearty Roots Community Farm

Ben and Lindsey Shute operate Hearty Roots Community Farm on 70 acres in Clermont, NY, serving a 600-member CSA and using sustainable practices to improve the soil and ecosystem. They are also two of the founders of the National Young Farmers Coalition, where Lindsey served as Executive Director for ten years, and they have been strong public advocates for …

Hepatica Farm

Hepatica Farm

Arthur Kraamwinkel and Melanie Seserman will launch their new business, Hepatica Farm, focused on direct sale of organic pastured meat and dairy products, on a 100-acre farm property in Greenwich, NY thanks to a project that has permanently protected the farm’s affordability for food production.

Arthur and Melanie plan to use biodynamic and organic practices to raise pastured chicken, pork, …

Thompson-Finch Farm

Thompson-Finch Farm

Thompson-Finch Farm is a 208-acre certified organic fruit and vegetable farm in Ancram, New York, that Equity Trust and our partners are in the process of protecting as an affordable working farm. Begun by
 Marnie and Don 
MacLean as a
 small market
 garden in 1982, 
on land that has 
been in Marnie’s
 family for five
 generations, the 
farm is now …

Walt’s Dairy

Walt's Dairy

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 farmers a higher and more …

Farmer’s Daughter

Farmer's Daughter

Orange County Land Trust (OCLT) was awarded state funding in October 2016 to protect this 196-acre property in Mount Hope, NY and make its purchase affordable for the young farmers who have been leasing it from a farm-friendly landowner. Trish and Matt Southway produce livestock and vegetables for sale at their farm market, Farmer’s Daughter, in the nearby village …

Supporting a start-up in Saratoga County

Supporting a start-up in Saratoga County

In 2016, Tim Biello launched 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 earn a healthy and satisfying …

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

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 York State funding …

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 …