COPAKE – In an effort to make farmland
available for young farmers and experienced farmers seeking to expand
their operations, three organizations have banded together to protect
189 acres of productive land on two properties in Copake.
Scenic Hudson, the Columbia Land Conservancy and Northeast Farm Access
developed the easement program.
“Once again the partnership of Scenic Hudson and Columbia Land Conservancy
has delivered results that offer outstanding benefits – making farmland
affordable to young farmers, providing them with a stable base for their
operations, and ramping up supplies of fresh, healthy food,” said
Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan.
“Many residents of communities are eating directly from this land
and will for generations to come, free of pesticides and herbicides,”
said Northeast Farm Access Managing Director Robert Bernstein. “Hundreds
of local residents, two dozen investors, the farmers new to Copake and
those replicating this model with NEFA in four states are most grateful
to Scenic Hudson and Columbia Land Conservancy for leading the way from
state to finish. The impact is huge.”