Featured Farm Stories
Did you know that the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy partners with farmers across Albany, Montgomery, and Schenectady Counties to save their land? We strive to protect working landscapes and to ensure the future of food protection in our area. Visit our Farmland Protection page to learn more about how we save farmlands—now and forever.
Get to know a few of our protected farm properties in the Capital Region:
In 2018, MHLC protected 540 acres of farmland in Montgomery County with a conservation easement, extinguishing threats of development on the land and encouraging continued agricultural use. The land’s many treasures: fertile soils, the banks and waters of Zimmerman Creek (a key water source for St. Johnsville), and hundreds of acres of rolling hills, forests, and fields are conserved forever. Mr. Triumpho’s family has been farming this land for over 100 years, and this project was also a success in protecting the historic legacy of the land. Read more about this project in our interview with Mr. Triumpho.
In 2003, MHLC, along with project partner the Open Space Institute, protected Indian Ladder Farms with a conservation easement, retiring the development rights on portions of the farm and encouraging continued agricultural use. This particular easement was multi-faceted: we protected the farmlands, but also the stunning vista of the Helderberg Escarpment, an iconic viewshed in Albany County. Indian Ladder Farms has developed a cidery, brewery, a trails system, and more, making it a community hub for food and learning about agriculture.
In 2013, MHLC protected the Strawberry Fields Preserve, one of our most unique conservation projects. Land owner Jeff Leon donated the development rights to protect the property’s agricultural future and to ensure the habitats, geological features, and scenic views of Strawberry Fields would be protected for generations to come. Jeff wanted to share Strawberry Fields with the public, so he created a nature preserve with a trail system, kiosk, and maps for the property. The public can visit this preserve and hike the trails, while on the same property, Lovin’ Mama Farm is raising microgreens and other local foods for local farmers markets. Three generations live and work on this property, and the future of food production on Strawberry Fields has been protected with this easement.
You can read more about this project on our Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve page.
MHLC and the Open Space Institute teamed up in 2017 to protect the 218-acre Eldridge property, situated across from Ten Mile Creek in Rensselaerville. The conservation easement not only eliminates development on portions of the property, but also helps to maintain the historic views to and from the Hamlet of Rensselaerville, a location listed in the National Historic Registry.
You can read more about this project in our Blog Archives.