Phillies Bridge Farm, located in Gardiner, Ulster County, is one of the oldest working farms in New York State. First established in 1743 by descendants of the original French Huguenot settlers, the land is part of the fertile farmlands that lie east of the Shawangunk Ridge, outside of New Paltz in the Town of Gardiner.
Ten generations farmed the land until 1968 when it was sold outside of the family. In 1995, the picturesque land amidst the rolling fields and open meadows of Ulster County was donated by its owners to the Phillies Bridge Farm Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to agricultural education.
In 2003, as part of its ongoing effort to protect farmland in the Hudson Valley, OSI worked with its partners, the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and the Phillies Bridge Farm Project, to permanently protect this irreplaceable 65-acre farm with a conservation easement. A critical community effort to support farming as an important part of the local economy and the rural environment led to the success of the campaign. Today, Phillies Bridge Farm runs a CSA as well as provides food to hundreds of school children and local families each year.
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