Farming Our Future

    February 25, 2017, 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM

    Taconic Hills Central School District 73 County Route 11A Craryville

  • This is the forum for local and regional farmers, students, consumers, elected and appointed officials and attendees from the community interested in agriculture.


    A keynote address that speaks to the 2017 theme Healthy Food: Access for All? will start the conference and by a panel discussion surrounding the theme for the forum.  After lunch, participants will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of workshops and breakout sessions led by leaders from across the region.  Attendees will have ample time for networking with suppliers and dialoguing with innovators and will take home valuable tools from the workshops.

    Proceeds from the conference, expected to draw over 200 attendees, will go toward Taconic Hills’ Future Farmers of America (FFA) club.

  • Build Habitat for Birds or Bats

    March 4, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Schor Conservation Area 58 Shoreview Dr Canaan

  • Create habitat for the birds and bats! We’ll provide all the materials you’ll need to create a home for a bluebird or bat, and you’ll have the chance to learn about why these animals need your help.


  • Pancake Breakfast for Members and Supporters

    March 18, 2017, 08:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Triform Camphill Community 20 Tri Form Road Hudson

  • Let us thank you for your support of land protection in Columbia County. Enjoy pancakes with local maple syrup, live music, and fun activities for children.

    Free for all donors, volunteers, and their families.


  • Farm Film Fest

    March 19, 2017, 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Crandell Theatre 46-48 Main Street Chatham, NY

  • Entries are now being accepted for Farm Film Fest 9, an annual event sponsored by the Chatham Agricultural Partnership, the Columbia Land Conservancy, and the Chatham Film Club.  The event will take place on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the historic Crandell Theatre in Chatham, New York.

    The festival shows films that focus on farms, farming, and farming issues and is especially interested in films that have a local connection.  Films should be from 5-20 minutes and submitted in DVD format.  The program includes films made by professional and amateur filmmakers.  Students of all ages are encouraged to submit films.  Selection of films for the festival is done by a panel of local filmmakers and farmers.  Deadline for submissions is February 19, 2017.

    DVDs can be sent to: Farm Film Fest 9, %The Chatham Film Club, PO Box 305, Chatham, NY, 12037.  Additional information and submission requirements are available at

  • Woodland Pools Exploration

    April 8, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Harris Property Stone Wall Road Austerlitz

  • Ever wondered what’s living in the small, temporary ponds that seem to pop up in the woods in early spring and disappear by summer? If so, join CLC and the Farmscape Ecology Program for a Woodland Pools Exploration program!  We’ll be taking a short hike around the Harris property as we learn about vernal pool ecology and their conservation significance. Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared to get your feet wet!


  • Build an Insect Hotel

    April 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Roe Jan Library 9091 Route 22 Hillsdale, NY

  • Have you heard the buzz about pollinators? They need your help! Join CLC and the Roe Jan Library to create hotels for bees and other insects and learn about honeybees.


  • Spring Wildflower Walk

    April 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area 653 County Route 3 Ancram, NY

  • Spring is finally here! Join CLC and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners as we take a guided hike at Drowned Lands Conservation Area in search of spring wildflowers. The wetland complex in which Drowned Lands is situated will hopefully provide us with a look at some rare kinds of wildflowers that exist in this unique ecosystem. Please bring a wildflower guide (if you have one) and wear appropriate footwear, as some of the trails may be wet from spring rain.


  • Early Morning Bird Walk

    May 13, 2017, 07:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Greenport Conservation Area Joslen Boulevard Greenport

  • Join CLC and Audubon educator Larry Federman on an early morning bird walk at Greenport Conservation Area! May is prime birding time for migration and there’s a variety of important habitat for nesting birds come spring. CLC will provide binoculars and bird guides but please bring your own if you have them, our supply is limited.