The Davenports have farmed in the Town of Marbletown for five generations. Isaiah Davenport arrived in the 1840s, and today three great-grandsons continue the tradition. Davenports—located in Stone Ridge, New York, a short drive from Kingston and New Paltz in the Hudson Valley—sells fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and specialty foods from a roadside stand, maintains greenhouses, U-pick vegetables and a corn maze.
The farm lies in the immediate viewshed of the Shawangunk Ridge—one of the most notable of OSI's ongoing preservation regions—where we have protected over 25,000 acres.
OSI and our partner Scenic Hudson have purchased a conservation easement on 325 acres of the Davenport Farm to ensure that the land remains available for farming and is not developed. Boasting highly prized soils (rated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as prime, the highest rating), the land yields high volumes of sweet corn, melons, pumpkins, and a variety of vegetables. The New York State Farmland Protection Program provided funding for 75 percent of the project, which closed in 2007, while the Open Space Conservancy (OSC), the land acquisition affiliate of OSI, and Scenic Hudson each contributed 12.5 percent.
Rondout Valley farms have provided a dramatic rural landscape for the past century. They lie directly between the significant swath of OSI protected lands of the Shawangunk Ridge and the 5,400 acre Lundy Estate, which OSI and TPL added to the Catskill Park Forest Preserve in 2000.
Throughout this remarkable region, OSI has protected lands of ecological, scenic, recreational and historic significance, including Sam’s Point Preserve, the Lundy Estate, substantial portions of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, the Trapps Gateway, and thousands of acres of state forest on the Ridge.
|The New York State Farmland Preservation Program (PDR Program) purchases development rights from willing farmers, placing agricultural land in conservation easements that continues to allow farm activities while restricting non-agricultural related development. Before and after values are determined by an appraisal and the farmer is paid the difference. The Program seeks to ensure the continued economic viability of agriculture. It uses critical mass to keep support services in place and minimize land use conflicts. It provides economic incentives to continue farming by allowing farmers to obtain development value for their property without the development, and it can reduce costs of entry and value for new farmers by creating agricultural and farming availability.|