Westchester Land Trust works with municipalities and local conservation groups to identify farmland for permanent protection. We help landowners protect their land and work with them to select a conservation strategy that best suits their needs and ensures the long-term protection of their land’s ecological and agricultural values.
Protection in Action at Cabbage Hill Farm (The Kohlberg Story)
Seventy acres of Cabbage Hill Farm, one of Westchester’s original and best-known organic farms, has been preserved forever thanks to a conservation easement donated to Westchester Land Trust by Nancy and Jerry Kohlberg. The Kohlberg’s conservation easement allows agriculture to continue on the 70 acres, protects its many important environmental characteristics and ensures that the property will not be further subdivided.
Cabbage Hill Farm is located on a hillside near Mount Kisco and has been in operation since 1986 and is in the vanguard of the local food movement. Most of the farm is pasture for grazing cattle and sheep. Cabbage Hill is known especially for raising rare heritage breeds, including the appropriately named Large Black Pig, Devon Beef Cattle and Shetland Sheep.
The conservation easement also includes the 10-acre Cockrene Pond—an important waterfowl habitat—as well as several streams which drain into the Kisco River and eventually the Croton Reservoir, a source of drinking water for New York City.
Westchester Land Trust sends its sincere thanks to Nancy and Jerry Kohlberg for their generous donation and for their commitment to local farming.