Connecting people with inspirational power of the Hudson River since 1963.
Securing fresh food and our region’s heritage by protecting nearly 20,000 acres of farmland on more than 135 family farms since 1992.
Farms are part of the Hudson Valley’s DNA. Native Americans grew corn, beans and squash in its fields. During the American Revolution, it was the breadbasket of the 13 colonies.
Today, the valley’s family farms, some dating back three centuries, feed Hudson Valley residents and are also part of New York City’s “foodshed.” Like a watershed, which outlines how water drains into a specific geographic area, a foodshed illustrates where a region’s food supply originates and where it goes.
To meet the growing demand throughout the region for fresh, local food, Scenic Hudson partners with farmers to conserve their fields and orchards — enabling them to grow their operations, sustaining the agricultural economies of rural communities, supporting the growing agri-tourism and farm-to-table movements, and maintaining an essential part of our region’s heritage and scenic beauty.
To achieve our successes, we also depend on support from fellow land trusts as well as state and federal funding. Since 1992, we have conserved 18,000 acres on more than 125 family farms in six counties. We pioneered a “critical-mass” approach — conserving clusters of farms in communities whose prosperity depends on agriculture.
In addition, we have developed an innovative, collaborative strategy, a foodshed conservation plan to ramp up farmland protection in the region, critical for meeting the growing demand for healthy, local food. And we’re currently exploring ways to encourage farmers across the valley to embrace regenerative agriculture — methods that not only reduce a farm’s carbon footprint but make its soils more productive and climate-resilient.
To verify the ecological and climate impacts of regenerative farming, we continue collaborating in research at the Scenic Hudson Soil Lab on Old Mud Creek Farm in Livingston in Columbia County. Abby Rockefeller, who worked with us to protect the farm in 2015, founded this visionary project with Benjamin Banks-Dobson.
Farmers Zack and Annie Metzger were able to acquire this 175-acre farm, on which they operate a CSA, thanks to our partnership with the Agricultural Stewardship Association to protect it. 2016
Walt’s Dairy (Copake, Columbia County)
To protect this 350-acre farm, a founding member of the Hudson Valley Fresh milk cooperative, we partnered with Columbia Land Conservancy and the fourth-generation owners. 2016
Clermont Farmland (Columbia County)
A generous landowner donated a conservation easement to us on 18 acres of productive farmland. 2016
Delapenta Farm (Taghkanic, Columbia County)
The owners of this third-generation dairy farm plan to transition to an all-organic operation thanks to the easement that we and Columbia Land Conservancy acquired from them on 83 acres. 2015
Old Mud Creek Farm (Livingston, Columbia County)
By conserving these 390 acres with Columbia Land Conservancy, we enabled the land’s new owner to restore the soil’s health after years of industrial use to test pesticides. 2015
Janesko Farm (Stuyvesant, Columbia County)
We completed the conservation of a 10-farm, 1,500-acre tract of contiguous protected farmland by partnering with Columbia Land Conservancy to preserve these 130 acres. 2015
Whistle Down Farm (Claverack, Columbia County)
To protect this 59-acre sustainable vegetable operation that sells produce locally and supplies four NYC food pantries, we partnered with Columbia Land Conservancy. 2015
Dutch Hollow Farm (Schodack, Columbia County)
These 143 acres are vital to a dairy farm with one of NY’s largest herds of Registered Jersey cows. We partnered with the farmers and Columbia Land Conservancy to protect them. 2015
Copake Agricultural Center (Copake, Columbia County)
By protecting these 189 productive acres with Columbia Land Conservancy and Northeast Farm Access, we supported creation of a groundbreaking initiative to make farmland available for young farmers. 2015
Wyda Farm (Greenport, Columbia County)
The protection of these 62 acres enabled their purchase by a collective of young farmers supplying fresh food to local and NYC markets. 2015
Riverhill Farm (Esopus, Ulster County)
We ensured the permanent protection of 80 acres of farm fields and woods prominently visible from Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. 2014
Pleroma Farm (Greenport, Columbia County)
This 95-acre poultry and cattle farm is prominently visible from Olana, which is why we partnered with the Open Space Institute, Omega Institute and The Olana Partnership to conserve it. 2011
West Park Winery (Esopus, Ulster County)
These 84 acres of meadow and woodland habitat contribute to iconic views from the FDR-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. 2011
McKeon Farms (Red Hook, Dutchess County)
Protecting these 378 acres of agricultural land not only helped sustain the operations of this family-owned farm, but preserved wetland habitats and frontage on an important trout-fishing stream. 2009
Nutten Hook Farm (Stuyvesant, Columbia County)
To preserve outstanding views and productive farm soils, we protected 60 acres of meadows and wooded ravines adjacent to the Nutten Hook State Unique Area. 2009
Stuyvesant Farms (Stuyvesant, Columbia County)
By conserving these 69 acres of picturesque meadows and forest along a Hudson River tributary, we safeguarded prime agricultural land and bird habitat. 2009
Stuyvesant Woods (Stuyvesant, Columbia County)
By protecting these 52 acres of forest and grasslands along a Hudson River tributary, we conserved prime bird habitat and agricultural land. 2008
Robert & Lewis Allen Farm (Stuyvesant, Columbia County)
To help sustain a local dairy operation, we partnered with a farm family to protect 355 acres of fields, steep ravines, woods and streams. 2008
BBTT Farm (Stuyvesant, Columbia County)
Working with the family operating this multigenerational 300-cow dairy farm, we conserved 114 acres of productive agricultural land. 2008
Stottville Farms (Greenport & Stockport, Columbia County)
Conserving these 117 acres completed the protection of a contiguous swath of riverfront land spanning 1,200 acres, including 2.5 miles of Hudson shoreline. 2008
Red Hook Farmland (Red Hook, Dutchess County)
By protecting these 225 acres spanning four farms, a “critical mass” of working farms will remain in the town. 2008
Stonington Farm (Clermont, Columbia County)
Protecting these 231.5 acres of rolling fields and woods preserved high-quality agricultural soils, scenic views from local roads and frontage along a Hudson River tributary. 2007