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AFT’s New York Council Tours Farms in New York City Watershed

To celebrate the Watershed Agricultural Council’s20th anniversary, American Farmland Trust’s New York Advisory Council took a farm tour led by Fred Huneke, chairman of the Watershed Agricultural Council board, and Craig Cashman, the Council’s executive director. The group discussed this globally significant partnership between farmers and New York City residents to sustain agriculture and clean drinking water for 9 million people. “We knew anything we did on farms had to be science based,” Huneke, a retired dairy farmer who participated in the formation of the Council, told the group. “It had to be locally controlled and it had to be voluntary. At first a lot of people said it wouldn’t work. Today we collaborate with 93 percent of the farms in the watershed.” The tour included visits to Hemlock Hill Farm, a farm that was protected from development with funding from the state Farmland Protection Program, as well as Hilltop Hanover Farm.

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