Farms have been a part of the Hudson Valley for centuries – producing a bounty of foods for the region and nearby New York City. However, the future of farming in the region is under threat due to development pressure and the need to connect a new generation of farmers with the land.
Too often, farm families see no alternative to selling their farms to developers. As a result, farmland prices have risen and beginning farmers struggle to find farmland at a price they can afford.
In 2014, American Farmland Trust and 14 partner organizations launched the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network and the Hudson Valley Farmland Finder. This partnership works with farmers and agricultural landowners to ensure that Hudson Valley farms remain a vibrant part of the region's future.