From the Conservation Director: MHLC Boosts Farmland Protection Efforts

The Eldridge Farm in Rensselaerville

Did you know that MHLC protects active farmland?

Our Conservation Priority Areas include working landscapes: properties which can be utilized for their natural resources, particularly farming and sustainable forestry.

Changing climate, increasing development pressures, and a growing population put pressure on our local farmlands. Local foods are an essential piece of sustainable and healthy living, and farmlands must be protected to ensure future food production. MHLC has long been a protector of working lands for farming and forestry, illustrated best by our conservation easement on Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, completed in 2003, and our conservation easement on 218 acres of farmland in Rensselaerville in 2017.

However, there has been an increasing need for financial and community support of farmland protection. The American Farmland Trust’s recent report states that 3 acres of farm land are lost every minute in the United States.

To respond to these pressures, MHLC has highlighted our farm protection efforts on our website as well as joined the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, a project of the American Farmland Trust which brings partners together to ensure “the availability of farmland in the Hudson Valley for the farmers of today and tomorrow”. As a partner in this endeavor, MHLC serves as the local resource for farmers in Albany, Schenectady, and Montgomery counties for farm preservation and also serves as a local contact for farmers looking for farmland. With 14 partners in the network covering 13 counties, we are now connected and better able to help farmers find viable farmland to work.

You can learn more about MHLC’s farmland conservation efforts at our Farmland Protection page and by reading our Featured Farm Stories. To learn more about the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, visit their website.

MHLC will have more exciting news on the farm protection front later this year, so please stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Sarah Walsh
Conservation Director
sarah@mohawkhudson.org 

 

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