Originally a dairy operation, this second-generation farm in Hurley, New York is now devoted to growing sweet corn.
Protection of the 268-acre Paul's Farm was a high priority for the local town and state. Paul's Farm is highly productive with top quality soils, and was the first farm in Ulster County to be funded by the Department of Agriculture and Markets in the State Farmland Protection Program grants (PDRs) —A conservation easement which does not allow development and keeps the farm in agricultural production forever. (See below)
OSI, Scenic Hudson and the Town of Hurley stepped in to match the State’s contribution of 75% for the cost of the easement.
The farm forms a natural resource buffer along the bordering Esopus Creek with critical wildlife habitat for birds such as osprey on their spring migration path. The river is habitat for freshwater fish like the Shortnose Sturgeon. The DEC calls the Esopus “a wildlife rarity as a freshwater tributary of the Hudson River.”
The conservation easement on Paul's Farm maintains the agricultural economy in the region, protects the Esopus River water quality, and the magnificent panoramic viewshed of the Shawangunk Ridge where OSI has protected over 25,000 acres.
Throughout this remarkable region, OSI has protected lands of ecological, scenic, recreational and historic significance, including the Sam’s Point Preserve, the Lundy Estate, substantial portions of Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Trapps Gateway, and thousands of acres of state forest on the Ridge.