Stories

Read stories about farmers and landowners in the Hudson Valley who have successfully found a farm or farmer, and those who are searching for the right match within the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network

Jeff Casel has been searching for farmland for about three years now. He would love to start a farm of his own, but as of now he is currently working and managing dairy and livestock operations in Massachusetts. Read on to learn more about Jeff's journey.

Gordon Farms, Inc. is owned by Sandy Gordon, who is searching for the right farmer to sell his land to. He wants someone who is serious about farming, and who will take good care of the land. He has a passion for agricultural preservation, and wants to share his knowledge with others. Read his story to learn more.

Taylor Lanzet works for Dig Inn, a restaurant group that mindfully sources and cooks seasonal produce. Dig Inn is searching for a farm as part of their overall mission. Learn more about Dig Inn and the farm that they are looking for.

Sandy Lejeune and his wife, Eve, currently farm in California. They are searching for a property closer to their children in NYC, and love the Hudson Valley's commitment to preserving locally owned and operated farms.

Melissa and her partner, Andrew, are native to the northeast but decided to farm down in Georgia. When they faced challenges down south, they began to look for, and obtained, a new opportunity in the northeast.

Ken has a farm located in Millbrook, NY. He hopes to use it as a place to gather the community, and has many plans for it. Read to find out more about his story and new farm managers.

Anne Krug and her husband, Dan, are looking for a new farm to expand their dairy business. Learn more about their search and story.

Farmer Morse Pitts in vegetable field

Morse Pitts watched farms disappear around him for decades as warehouses and factories sprung up around his 142 acre farm in Orange County, leaving Windfall Farms as an island of farmland in an industrial sea. Find out how the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network partners at GrowNYC and Orange County Land Trust helped Morse keep his land in farming and provide opportunities to jump-start the next generation of farmers on his land.

Zack and Annie Metzger of Laughing Earth Farm

After leasing farmland in Illinois for five years, Zack and Annie Metzger returned to Annie's native New York to put down more permanent roots. Read how the Metzgers worked with their landowners and local partners to utilize state farmland protection funding to buy the farm and protect it from development forever.

Farmer pictured found farmland with the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network

“The wider net you cast, the better.” Farmer Erik Schellenberg isn’t giving fishing tips, he’s talking about farmland – specifically the struggle that farmers face in finding the right farm to catch their hook on.