For five generations, Charles Hanehan’s family has been dairy farming in the Capital District’s northern Saratoga County. One of largest dairies in the state, they milk 600 cows and crop over 1,000 acres of land for feed production. Development threatens Saratoga County’s dairy industry which produces $ 17.2 million in sales, almost half of all agricultural products sold in the county. Much of the farmland in Saratoga County is maintained by dairy farms, which require extensive cropland and support land for their operations.
The Hanehans’ Farm in the town of Stillwater includes 135 acres of high quality farmland near the Saratoga National Historic Site Viewshed. Preservation of this farm which enhances the pastoral setting giving a sense of the landscape as it existed at the time of the Revolutionary War,was a high priority for OSI.
The Town of Stillwater successfully received a State Farmland Protection Grant for an agricultural easement, and in 2003 OSC matched the local grant at the request of the American Farmland Trust and The Saratoga County Agriculture Economic Development Program.
Family run farms in the Northeast, particularly those near metropolitan areas, are increasingly threatened by the wave of development that is sweeping across the Hudson Valley. OSI works with a variety of public and private partners to protect farms, through outright acquisitions or the purchase of conservation easements.
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