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Sullivan County farm gets big grant to preserve ag land, protect water supply

Hilly Acres Farms

JEFFERSONVILLE – Hilly Acres Farm in Jeffersonville has received a state grant of $491,250 to preserve the farm in perpetuity for agricultural purposes.

The grant will be paired with $5,000 from the Delaware Highland Conservancy.

The funds will protect 233 aces owned and managed by Andrew and Tanya Hahn, owners of Hilly Acres, which raises livestock and sells beef port, lamb and poultry products at farmers’ markets.

“The farm is located next to the Village of Jeffersonville’s water supply and this is a crucial buffer zone to ensure clean drinking water for the municipality,” said County Legislator Catherine Owens, chairwoman of the Parks, Agriculture and Sustainability Policy Committee. “This property also contains one percent prime soils and 61 percent statewide important soils and is a highest-priority farm designated for protection by Sullivan County’s Open Space Plan, Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan the Scenic Hudson Land Trust within its Hudson Valley/New York City Foodshed Plan.”

“Our farm has been in operation for over a century and our son hopes to continue that proud tradition for many more decades,” said Tanya Hahn.

 


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