TOWN OF NORTH EAST – An agricultural easement on the 78.5-acre Caora Farm in the Town of North East has been made possible through a collaborative effort.
The total estimated cost of the easement is $410,702 with the state Department of Agriculture and Markets contributing $284,100, Dutchess County contributing $69,300 through the Partnership for Manageable Growth, $43,350 from the Dutchess Land Conservancy, and $12,371 from Scenic Hudson Land Trust.
The property is home to a woman-owned and operated diversified sheep farm. Kathleen Weathers and Michele Ferraro own and operate the farm and are committed to sustainable, small-scale farming and community engagement.
The farm has been expanding each year with its wool products sold locally and regionally. The women seek novel markets for their wool, such as for housing insulation and creating pressed felt products.
Caora Farm is part of the scenic viewshed visible from the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.