Family stands in front of tractor on their Hudson Valley farm.

Hudson Valley Farmlink Network Partners

Ensuring the availability of farmland in the Hudson Valley for the famers of today and tomorrow  

In response to farmland loss, the challenges faced by farmers in accessing farmland and the difficulties faced by families as they try to transfer their farms, agriculture and conservation groups came together to create the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network.  The Hudson Valley Farmlink Network is a partnership of 15 organizations, coordinated by American Farmland Trust, offering the Hudson Valley Farmland Finder website, training and networking events, and one-on-one assistance for farmers and landowners.

The Hudson Valley Farmlink Network serves 13 counties: Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Sullivan, Ulster, Washington, and Westchester.  

How do I contact Farmer/Landowners on the HVFF?

The first step to contacting a Farmer or a Landowner is to create a profile.

Farmers: Select “Create a Farmer Profile

Landowners: Select “Create a Farm Profile

Fill out the required sections of the profile to the best of your knowledge. Once you have created a profile a representative from the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network will contact you via the email you provided in your profile.

I’ve made a Profile, what’s next?

Keep an eye on your email! A representative from the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network will contact you to schedule a phone call so we can expand your profile, answer any questions you may have, and offer more personalized resources.

 

Please contact us with questions and to receive assistance with finding your farm, developing your farm succession plans, preparing your land for agriculture or conserving your farm. 

The following organizations are Partners of the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network:

 

Agricultural Stewardship Association

Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) protects our community’s working landscape of farms and forests, connects people to the land, and promotes a vibrant future for agriculture in the region.  As a nonprofit land trust serving Washington and Rensselaer counties, ASA works with willing landowners to protect farmland to ensure some of our region’s best soils are conserved for current and future farming needs. To date, we have worked with 110 farm families to conserve more than 17, 160 acres through donated and purchased conservation easements.  Through partnerships with other nonprofits and foundations, ASA also plays a role in helping secure land tenure for farmers. In addition, ASA offers farm tours, workshops and programs that highlight the importance of local agriculture. 
Contact: Teri Ptacek | [email protected] | (518) 692-7285

American Farmland Trust

American Farmland Trust (AFT) is the first and only national organization dedicated to saving America's farmland.  Since our founding in 1980 by farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save over five million acres of farmland and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.  AFT established its New York Field Office in 1990 as this state was home to some of the most threatened farming regions in the country.  AFT's mission is to protect farmland, promote sound farming practices and keep farmers on the land.
Contact: Tim Biello  |  [email protected]  |  (518) 581-0078

Columbia Land Conservancy

Columbia Land Conservancy works with the community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Columbia County, strengthening connections between people and the land.  Our Farmer Landowner Match Program has more than 200 program participants and has facilitated more than 30 matches since its inception in 2009.  In mid-2013 CLC established a partnership with the Dutchess Land Conservancy in order to expand the program beyond Columbia County and serve farmers and landowners across Dutchess County.
Contact: Marissa Codey | [email protected] | (518) 392-5252

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County

Cornell Cooperative Extension puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. We bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.
Contact: Christian Malsatzki | [email protected] | (845) 340-3990 x316

Dutchess Land Conservancy

Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC), founded in 1985, is dedicated to preserving the scenic, agricultural and environmental resources of Dutchess County, New York, and the surrounding area.   DLC seeks to preserve Dutchess County’s most important resources – scenic views, fresh food, clean air and water, and intact natural ecosystems – all of which contribute to Dutchess County’s health, natural heritage, agricultural economy and tourism industry.  DLC encourages sound, well-planned growth in conjunction with the protection of these critical resources.  In addition, DLC serves as a leader and partner on the acquisition and implementation of private, state, and county-funded purchase of development rights on farmland in Dutchess County.  DLC also partners with Columbia Land Conservancy in a Farmer Landowner Match Program which connects landowners looking to have their land farmed with farmers seeking land.
Contact: Marissa Codey | [email protected] | (518) 392-5252

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GrowNYC

GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City's quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. GrowNYC manages the Greenmarket network of farmers’ markets at which over 200 farmers from the northeast vend at over 50 locations. Technical assistance is provided to Greenmarket businesses through the FARMroots program (Farm Assistance Retention and Management). FARMroots has a priority of supporting late-career farmers on succession planning while supporting beginning farmers meet their goals of launching new businesses.  
Contact: Chris Wayne | [email protected] | (212) 341-2254

NOFA New York

NOFA-NY, founded in 1983, is a non-profit statewide organization leading a growing movement of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to promoting sustainable, local, organic food and farming to create a food system that’s ecologically sound and economically viable. Through education, certification, advocacy and other efforts, NOFA-NY promotes organic food production, local marketing, and land stewardship.

Contact: Andrianna Natsoulas | [email protected] | (585) 271-1979 x501

NY FarmNet

New York FarmNet is committed to helping individual producers achieve personal, managerial, and financial success through assistance with farm succession and business partnership planning issues.  When individual farms are successful, communities and New York State benefit in turn.  Together, NY FarmNet works with farmers to ensure the long-term economic viability of New York agriculture.
Contact: Dan Welch | [email protected] | 607-255-7103

Orange County Land Trust

Orange County Land Trust's mission is to preserve the fields, forests, wetlands, ridgelines and river corridors in and around Orange County for the benefit of people. As more people recognize the value in preserving open space, the Orange County Land Trust has become the voice of, and a catalyst for, voluntary conservation of land in the county. The Land Trust strives to protect the natural and agricultural heritage of the county, working with farmers and landowners who wish to keep their land untouched by future development. The organization identifies critical areas in need of protection and partners with individuals, organizations, businesses and government agencies to protect these areas. The land trust believes preserving land and scenic byways enhances the quality of life for all residents, ensuring that the county remains an attractive place to live and work.
Contact: Jim Delaune | [email protected] | (845) 469-0951 x13

Saratoga PLAN

Saratoga PLAN is a nonprofit land conservation organization that preserves the rural character, natural habitats, and scenic beauty of the Saratoga County region so that these irreplaceable assets are available to future generations. Seasoned conservation staff offer confidential consultations to help land owners understand options for their land and their families. If land owners choose to pursue a conservation option, PLAN facilitates and manages the process and holds conservation easements. PLAN provides a matching service to help farmers and landowners find each other and craft an agreement that benefits both. PLAN, which stands for preserving land and nature, also assists communities with conserving their best land and other natural resources, and offers educational and volunteer opportunities that enable the public to understand, appreciate, and contribute to the conservation of farmland, woodland, wildlife habitats, water resources, and a countywide trail network.
Contact: Maria Trabka | [email protected] | (518) 587-5554

Stone Barns Center

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit farm and education center working to create a healthy and sustainable food system. Through beginning farmer trainings, children’s education and diverse public awareness programs, Stone Barns aims to improve the way America eats and farms.

The Growing Farmers Inititative (GFI) is an ongoing effort by Stone Barns to increase the number of sustainable small and mid-size farms. Through the GFI, we seek to remove the barriers that stand in the way of beginning farmers’ success, whether those comprise of access to land, prohibitive capital costs, or marketing and distribution challenges. Our intensive Apprenticeship Program, workshops, National Young Farmers Conference, and the Virtual Grange are designed to equip the next generation of farmers with the knowledge and hands-on experience to create economically viable and ecologically resilient farm-business enterprises. 
Contact: Davis Lindsey | [email protected] | 914.366.6200, ext 135

Veg Chester

Westchester Land Trust was founded in 1988 by residents of Bedford & Lewisboro who were concerned with the increasing pace of development, and wanted to take action to protect environmentally-important open space and the character of their communities.  Today, Westchester Land Trust has grown into a truly regional organization.  Our work with both public and private partners has ensured the permanent protection of open space in 28 communities throughout Westchester & eastern Putnam counties.  Recognizing that working lands have tremendous ecological and quality of life benefits, WLT also works closely with landowners, farmers, and community partners to ensure that land with agricultural value stays in production, is considered for permanent protection, and that young farmers who might not have the resources to purchase land in Westchester have the opportunity to farm here.
Contact: Kara Hartigan | [email protected] | 914-234-6992 ext. 12

Watershed Agricultural Council

The Watershed Agricultural Council partners with hundreds of farm and forest landowners in the New York City Watershed region to ensure their lands stay within a working context. Keeping over 2,000 miles of Watershed lands productive and part of a growing economy is no easy task. Add in the challenge of delivering over one billion gallons of fresh, clean drinking water to  nine million New Yorkers each day. Together with Watershed landowners and various partnering agencies, the Council achieves a two-part solution to a growing need: protecting clean water by ensuring working landscapes in agriculture and forestry. These working landscapes, in turn, provide pure food raised on family farms and strong local economies based on thriving farm operations and wood businesses based on healthy forests. All three are a direct result of innovative approaches in Watershed management.The Council uses Whole Farms Plans, Forest Management Plans, Conservation Easements and Economic Initiatives to help farmers, forest professionals and private landholders address water pollution concerns on properties located in the Croton and Catskill/Delaware Watersheds.

Contact: Kristan Morley | [email protected] | (607) 865-7090