Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Columbia County is home to beautiful, historic farms that produce delicious local food. Thanks to proximity to major markets in New York City, support from local communities, and an abundance of high-quality soils, the agricultural economy here is rich and thriving. Farmland provides the county with multiple cultural and economic benefits, including access to local food and support to the local economy, all while attracting visitors and businesses to our region.
In recent years farmland in Columbia County has become highly desired not only by farmers looking to begin or expand their operations, but also by second home buyers and developers. Converting farmland to other types of land uses leads to farmland loss, makes it hard for farmers to purchase land, and jeopardizes the long-term viability of agriculture in the county.
Columbia Land Conservancy utilizes a variety of tools to protect, preserve, and keep farmland in active production. To request CLC’s assistance with farmland protection, please contact Marissa Codey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518.392.5252, ext. 211.