Seedswell Vegetable Farm at Tanrackin Farm, Bedford Corners
Westchester Land Trust works with conservation partners throughout the Hudson Valley to actively explore and refine new conservation tools and techniques that address the issues of farmland accessibility, affordability and sustainability. Westchester Land Trust encourages and supports positive connections between land-seeking farmers and non-farming landowners through our Farmland Match Program as well as through the popular Vegchester! initiative, which has helped to raise the profile of local growers under a shared brand.
Westchester Land Trust's goal is to ensure that land with agricultural value stays in production, is considered for permanent protection, and that young and beginning farmers who might not have the resources to purchase land in Westchester have the opportunity to farm here.
In 2015, WLT joined fifteen Hudson Valley-based partners in the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network (HVFN)—a consortium coordinated by the American Farmland Trust—offering shared farmland linking services, training and networking events, and one-on-one assistance for both farmers and landowners.
WLT is now aggregating all current Farmland Match Program listings through HVFN’s shared website—www.HudsonValleyFarmlandFinder.org—as a means of streamlining WLTs Farmland Match Program. The HVFN’s Farmland Finder is a secure online database of available farmers and farm properties in 13 counties, including Westchester, designed to provide applicants with a more proactive venue for securing matches as well as robust resources for small farm enterprises.
WHO: Hudson Valley Farmlink Network
The Hudson Valley Farmlink Network is a partnership of 15 organizations—coordinated by American Farmland Trust—committed to strengthening farmland linking services throughout the Hudson Valley.
WHAT: Find Farmers and Farmland
Go to www.HudsonValleyFarmlandFinder.org to search listings farmers and farm properties as well as farmers looking for land.
WHERE: Learn About Events and Resources
Look for updates on workshops and networking events for farmers and landowners and find resources including sample leases, financing, tax and insurance information, and more.
WLT encourages supportive relationships between Hudson Valley Farmland Finder end-users. Participants are solely responsible for the content of their application material and for any activities resulting from the HVFN’s farmland linking services. WLT recommends the use of a formal agreement, be it a simple letter or a more complex lease, to protect the interests of all parties. For more information, visit: www.HudsonValleyFarmlandFinder.org
Photo above: Seedswell Vegetable Farm at Tanrackin Farm, Bedford Corners