Farmland in the Mohawk Valley: A Chance to Protect 540 Acres—Forever!
Photographs from the Triumpho family farm in the Mohawk Valley. Click for larger photos.
The Farm, The Family, The Land
Rolling hills, forested slopes, open pastures, and hay fields—this land in St. Johnsville has been the home of the Triumpho Family for over 100 years. Herds of dairy cows have grazed here for over a century, cared for by four generations of Triumphos and their neighbors.
This land supports several important ecosystems. The fertile soils on the Triumpho farm have been identified as being of statewide significance: these are healthy, nutrient-rich soils which can support a diverse ecosystem and sustainable agriculture. The bucolic, rolling hillsides which characterize the farm are iconic to the Mohawk Valley. Hundreds of acres of temperate deciduous forest provide wildlife habitat, soil stability, and carbon storage. Winding through these forests, the Zimmerman Creek provides fresh waters for trout spawning and also serves as an important water source for the town of St. Johnsville.
A Chance To Protect This Land Forever
According to the American Farmland Trust, 3 acres of farmland are lost to development every minute in the United States.
The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is fighting back: we work with farmers in the Hudson and Mohawk River Valleys to protect farmland in perpetuity.
In the town of St. Johnsville, where the Triumpho farm is located, pressures are mounting. Neighboring farms have been sold and split into housing lots. We have to act quickly to save farmland forever.
This fall we have the opportunity to protect the Triumpho farmland forever.
The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is working with the Triumpho family to permanently preserve the farmland by placing a conservation easement on these 540 acres. This easement will guarantee that the land will remain open for farming in perpetuity. Whether the property remains in the family or is sold to a new buyer, the land cannot be divided or developed, and farming can continue on the Triumpho farm. The natural features of the land will also be protected, ensuring that the banks of the Zimmerman Creek remain forested, filtering the water and protecting water quality for future generations.
This chance to protect 540 acres just south of the Adirondack Park is a rare and important opportunity: by protecting this farmland and ensuring the continuation of fields and forests on the land, we can increase connectivity between the open spaces of the Adirondacks and the Conservancy’s other protected areas in Montgomery, Schenectady, and Albany counties, maintaining healthy ecosystems and important wildlife corridors
Can you help us protect the Triumpho farmland? We have already raised more than half of the funds needed to save the this farmland. But we still need to raise $20,000 by December 31st in order to complete this exciting conservation effort.
Your gift will make a difference today and for future generations! Protecting land with a conservation easement requires many resources. Together, we can protect these 540 acres—and the legacy of this historic farm—forever.
How Are Funds Used to Protect the Farmland?
The permanent protection of farmlands in the Mohawk and Hudson River Valleys is only possible with community support. Your support assists in covering the legal, monitoring, and surveying costs to the Conservancy associated with the Triumpho farmland easement. Our job is to protect this land forever, and we plan for the future: year after year of monitoring, stewarding, and protecting this farmland.
Your support today will enable the completion of the project while ensuring permanent stewardship of these acres.
Thank you for being a part of the movement to protect farmland in the Mohawk Valley!
The effort to conserve the Triumpho family farmland has taken months of hard work on the part of many partners. The Triumpho farm project is supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This funding has helped us begin the process of protecting the Triumpho farm, but we need your help to complete the project.
Learn more about how MHLC saves farmland in Albany, Montgomery, and Schenectady counties on our Farmland Protection page.
To read more about the Triumpho family and the history of farming on the land, check out the upcoming edition of Viewpoints, MHLC’s print newsletter, where we interview Richard and share his memories and thoughts on the farm. Don’t get ViewPoints in your mailbox or inbox? You can sign up for our mailing list by clicking here.
Learn more about the farmer: Richard Triumpho is a retired dairyman who has written for Hoard’s Dairyman Journal for decades. He has published several books, including a book about round barns in the region. As an author and agriculture enthusiast, Richard’s protection of his property sets an example for other farmers who hope to protect their land. Read Richard’s writing about farming practices throughout the world on his blog.