FarmStory

Real stories about the challenges farmers face in their efforts to keep their land in agriculture from day-to-day and generation-to-generation.

From drought to floods to the seemingly constant growth of our cities, farmers have seen the agricultural landscape of the United States change greatly over the past several generations.

American Farmland Trust's Farm Story project launched in 2016 to give farmers a voice to share their stories. Stories of survival. Stories of success against tremendous odds. Stories of failing, getting up, and trying again.

Every farm has a story. Discover our favorites below.

Robert and Josh Morgenthau, Fishkill Farms, New York

Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau talks with his youngest son Joshua about Fishkill Farms, started in 1914 by Robert's father Henry Morgenthau Junior, who served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The two relive the farm's history, including visits from FDR and a major barn fire that almost put them out of business. They also discuss Robert's decision to permanently protect their 275 acres of farmland from development through Dutchess Land Conservancy and Joshua's commitment to lead Fishkill Farms into the future.

Listen to the story below or watch the video here.


Steve and Erin Blabac, Root Down Farm

Two young farmers in Western New York struggled to find affordable, secure land to farm. The solution? Protected farmland. 

Read their story

Funding

The FarmStory project was supported with funding from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York's Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP is administrated by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.