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Buy your tickets now for Sunday’s Country Barbecue!

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There is still time to buy tickets to our Annual Country Barbecue and save $10 off admission at the door.
This not-to-be-missed event is this Sunday,  May 24th, 4:30 – 8:00pm at Dutch Hollow Farm. This year’s event will feature our innovative work in support of local agriculture – click here to listen to Executive Director Peter Paden’s recent interview on WAMC about our accomplishments.
The forecast calls for sunny weather and mild temperatures, and we guarantee you the best time! Don’t leave anyone at home (except Fido) – children 5 and under are free, and anyone under 21 receives discount admission. We have planned fantastic non-stop entertainment and activities, fabulous raffle prizes, delicious food and drink, live music – all lasting into the evening. The all-inclusive ticket gives attendees full access to the demonstrations, all activities and entertainment, locally sourced food, drink, and live music from 4:30 to 8:00 pm.
Click here to purchase your tickets, or contact us for more information: 518.392.5252.
Don’t delay – Buy tickets now and save off the price at the door. 

Come Hungry to the Country Barbecue this Sunday

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Come hungry to our Annual Country Barbecue this Sunday,  May 24th, 4:30 – 8:00pm at Dutch Hollow Farm, and enjoy  food sourced from local farms and an array of award-winning beer and wine! No matter where you are at the Country Barbecue, you’ll be close to a culinary experience!
The delicious dishes served will include traditional southern-style pit BBQ with pork from a nearby farm, locally sourced hamburgers, hot dogs, and an array of amazing BBQ style sides, among them southern jambalaya. There will be vegetarian fare with black bean burgers, grilled vegetables, green salads, dips, as well as savory cheese platters. Two bars will serve wine and local, award-winning beer from Chatham Brewing. Children will enjoy a chocolate milk and lemonade station. And let’s not forget about our huge selection of desserts complete with ice cream, cookies, brownies and watermelon.
Did we wet your appetite? Don’t delay – Buy tickets now and save off the price at the door. 

Come to the Country Barbecue This Weekend

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The Annual Country Barbecue is this Sunday,  May 24th, 4:30 – 8:00pm at Dutch Hollow Farm. You can buy raffle tickets now through May 24th and support our common conservation efforts! There are so many great prizes for you to win. For example, you can revel in a weekend long farm-stay, where you can see first hand how a farm is run, spend time with hardworking farmers, and enjoy delicious local food and drink. You can enjoy a scenic tour for two and sample our region’s wineries, breweries, and distilleries. How about winning a whole season’s supply of delicious organic vegetables from a local CSA? We thought you’d like the sounds of that! Raffle tickets are available now through May 24, 2014. You can purchase them over the phone, in person in our store, by mail, or oat the event, of course! We are at 49 Main Street, Chatham, NY, 12037; 518.392.5252. While we hope you will attend the Country Barbecue, you don’t have to. The drawing will be on Wednesday, May 27th, and we will notify winners by phone. Click here to view our raffle items. You will feel like a winner with every raffle purchase!

Delight In Non-Stop Entertainment at the Country Barbecue

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The Annual Country Barbecue, held on May 24th, 4:30 – 8:00pm at Dutch Hollow Farm will be packed with a diverse range of entertainment drawing from rural traditions for young and young-at-heart:
Live music by acclaimed jazz band C.C. Vagabond; formal and casual tours of Dutch Hollow Farm and their Discovery Dairy Education Center with a chance to meet and learn about Jersey Cows and other working farm animals, working oxen demonstrations by Hartz-Hill Oxen and Mules; blacksmith and stone mason demonstration by local craftsmen; horse-drawn trolley; face painting and hands-on activities for children, including a hay ride and agricultural education displays; a farmers market with tables by plenty of great local farms and food artisans; raffle tickets; and so much more!
Enjoy the non-stop entertainment in the company of hundreds of CLC friends and supporters. Purchase tickets now by clicking here and save off admission at the door. We look forward to seeing you at the Country Barbecue!

Help Celebrate the Beauty of Our Landscape

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by Peter Paden Published May 6, 2015 in the Register-Star

The Columbia Land Conservancy, working together with our friends at the Farmscape Ecology Program of the Hawthorne Valley Association, has decided to make a map that identifies the county’s scenic places. And we need your help. We’re inviting anyone and everyone to log on to an interactive map and show us places you particularly value for their scenic qualities.

Why Are We Doing This?

I suspect if there is one thing all of us who live in Columbia County can agree upon, it is that we live in an exceptionally beautiful place.


Come to Our Country Barbecue at Dutch Hollow Farm

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Mark your calendars! Our signature event, the fantastic Annual Country Barbecue, is only three weeks away! Held on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th, 4:30 – 8:00pm, this year the Country Barbecue will be at Dutch Hollow Farm and will celebrate CLC’s innovative work in support of agriculture in the Hudson Valley region. This celebration combines the best of a country fair and an elegant picnic, and draws over 1,000 people. Highlights of the event will include tours of Dutch Hollow Farm and their Discovery Dairy Education Center, with a chance to meet and hear about Jersey Cows and other working farm animals. The wide range of entertainment will draw on Columbia County’s rural traditions: working oxen demonstrations, hay rides, many children’s activities as well as live music, raffles, and delicious local food and drinks.
The proceeds from this year’s event will help fund CLC’s programs for 2015 that support farming in our region. To register, click here.

Read Or Download Our Spring-Summer 2015 Newsletter

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Our Spring-Summer 2015 Newsletter is now available for download. Inside, you will read about our extensive and innovative work in support of local agriculture, including two successful farmer-landowner partnerships in Claverack and Pine Plains, as well as farmland protection projects in Schodack and Copake;  a private land protection project in Hillsdale; significant improvements to our public lands; a community planning partnership with the Farmscape Ecology Program; profiles of several wonderful volunteers; updates about our board and staff; public events planned for the next six months, highlights of our upcoming Country Barbecue; and much more.
CLC members and supporters will receive their copies in the mail the next few days. You can also pick up a hard copy in our store at 49 Main Street, Chatham, open Mo – Fr, 9:00 – 5:00 pm.
As always, we look forward to your feedback. Happy reading!