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American Farmland Trust Testifies about Transition of New York Farms to a New Generation

Last week American Farmland Trust’s New York State Director David Haight testified before the state’s Assembly Standing Committee on Agriculture about the land access challenges facing the next generation of farmers and what American Farmland Trust is doing to help. “We are working hard to help senior farmers transfer their farms to the next generation […]

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Farmer Profile: Anthony Mecca, Great Song Farm, Red Hook, New York

Anthony Mecca is a soft-spoken, 29-year-old farmer who operates Great Song Farm, in the Town of Red Hook, located in the mid-Hudson Valley’s Dutchess County.Great Song Farm is a fruit and vegetable CSA with 90 members.Mecca is one of a growing number of young people who, having grown up isolated from agriculture, are launching careers as […]

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Development of Greater Hudson Valley Farmlink Network Underway

To help a new generation of farmers access farmland, American Farmland Trust and local partners are investigating the establishment of a Greater Hudson Valley Farmlink Network. “Thirty percent of Hudson Valley farmers are over 65,” said Diane Held, American Farmland Trust’s Senior New York Field Manager. “When these farmers retire a lot of Hudson Valley […]

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