Farmland preservation, a key focus of WVLT’s mission, has continued throughout the past three decades.
Among the major farms preserved in WVLT’s early years were Phillies Bridge Farm (noted as the first educational CSA in Ulster County), the Grace Elliot Farm, and the Bontecou Farm. Another notable moment was WVLT’s successful partnership with Open Space Institute to preserve two farms on Huguenot Street in the Town and Village of New Paltz. In 2006, we jointly raised funds to purchase the development rights of two adjacent farms – the Khosla Easement (Huguenot Street Farm CSA) and the Jewett Farm. This project successfully protected 180 acres, allowing them to remain in private hands as active farmlands, forever.
In 2008, the Rossetter Easement, 51 acres in the Town of Gardiner, included creating a CSA complete with a young farming family. Old Ford Farm remains a successful CSA today. Most recently, WVLT partnered with Ulster County, the Town of New Paltz and Scenic Hudson to protect Taliaferro Farm CSA, 32 acres of active farmland bordering the Wallkill River.