Connecting the Next Generation of Farmers with Land in New York

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.

“The fact that there are organizations such as yours doing what you’re doing for all the right reasons, for the future, is a really big plus.” Farm Seeker

Hudson Valley Farmlink Network Partners:

  • Agricultural Stewardship Association
  • American Farmland Trust
  • Catskills FarmLink
  • Columbia Land Conservancy
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
  • Dutchess Land Conservancy
  • Glynwood
  • GrowNYC
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York
  • NY FarmLink
  • Orange County Land Trust
  • Saratoga PLAN
  • Stone Barns Center
  • Westchester Land Trust

The Hudson Valley Farmlink Network has received primary funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by the Environmental Protection Fund and the New York State Conservation Partnership Program in collaboration with the Land Trust Alliance and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as the members of American Farmland Trust.

“Using the Hudson Valley Farmland Finder, and putting the information into your system, was easy and intuitive.” Landowner
“Thanks so much for the continued good info and connections you are laying open for me to see and pursue.” Farm Seeker

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