A 72-acre farm that had been slated for development in the Town of Hamptonburgh has been conserved through a partnership of conservation and agricultural organizations.
A recently finalized conservation easement will protect the land in perpetuity, ensuring that it remains in agricultural use. The effort to conserve the farm was led by local farmer Morse Pitts of Windfall Farms, with the help of the Orange County Land Trust, Scenic Hudson, GrowNYC’s FARMroots Program, and Equity Trust. The property is adjacent to the 142-acre Windfall Farms, which was previously conserved by the Orange County Land Trust, Scenic Hudson, and New York State in 2016.
The farm was under consideration for a proposed 130,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse and packing facility, a plan that met local opposition from neighbors and farmers.
“Saving this farmland from development has major implications beyond the boundaries of the farm,” said Jim Delaune, Executive Director of the Orange County Land Trust. “Expanding industrialization, in what has historically been an agricultural region in the Town of Hamptonburgh, has adversely impacted farmers. The protection of the Nemeth Farm will help ease some of the pressures facing neighboring farms from development, making it easier for farmers to keep their lands in agriculture, while staying productive, and ensuring long term viability.”
Stay tuned for more details on this announcement.