In the heart of Ancram lies a beautiful 200- acre organic farm known as the Thompson-Finch Farm, a Centennial Farm in operation since 1859.
Thanks to a community-wide effort led by the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC), including a multi-pronged partnership with Equity Trust, Dutchess Land Conservancy, and Scenic Hudson, Ancram’s beloved Thompson-Finch Farm will remain a farm long into the future. More than 300 community members plus multiple organizations and foundations contributed to the $1.5 million cost of saving the farm and on March 11, their collective vision finally became a reality. CLC now owns the farm, and is leasing it back to Don and Marnie MacLean in their first-ever ground lease arrangement.