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Pleasant Valley farm preserved with purchase of development rights


Locust Grove Farm

PLEASANT VALLEY – A conservation easement has been finalized to protect the 170-acre Locust Grove Farm in the Town of Pleasant Valley.

The protection plan on the farm owned by Mary-Elizabeth Atkins was accomplished in a partnership between Dutchess County, the Dutchess Land Conservancy, Scenic Hudson and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The total purchase price of the easement was over $1 million with the state contributing over $788,700, Dutchess County contributing $118,000 and Scenic Hudson providing the balance. The Dutchess Land Trust was the grant applicant on behalf of the landowner, served as project manager, provided a part of the closing costs and in-kind services. It will hold and manage the conservation easement. The landowner also contributed to the closing costs.

Since the early 1900s, milk has been the principal crop for the property and has been continually operating as a dairy farm.


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