The 320-acre Indian Ladder Farm in Altamont, NY, Albany County is a destination for Capital District residents for farm tours, apple picking in the fall, and with trails for hiking and cross country skiing. The farm is nestled in the shadow of the dramatic Helderberg Mountains in the Capital District where OSI has protected more than 4,000 acres, including nearly 2,500 acres of farmland.
A fourth generation orchard, Indian Ladder Farm is one of only two remaining fruit farms left of the 60 that populated Albany County a century ago. Once a gentleman’s farm raising a herd of Guernsey dairy cows, Indian Ladder has evolved over 90 years into today’s lively mix of pick-your-own, a farm store, hay rides, the Yellow Rock Café restaurant, a baby animal petting farm, the Barn School summer camp, a wedding locale for rent, and the Helderberg Farmer’s Market. Laurie Ten Eyck has taken over management responsibility of the farm from her father Peter Ten Eyck. She is the fifth generation of Ten Eycks to farm.
In 2003 in a successful public-private partnership, the Open Space Institute (OSI) and the Albany County Land Conservancy (Now named the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy) together generated the required funding to match a state farmland protection grant that was used to purchase a conservation easement on the farm. New York's State Department of Agriculture and Markets covered 75% of the cost of the development rights. OSI and ACLC worked together to secure the grant for the remaining funds.
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