Hudson Valley Farmland Finder Matches Farmers with Land
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As small farms continue to play a big role putting food on tables in the Hudson Valley, farmers and landowners are connecting through a secure online database, the Farmland Finder, created by the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, a partnership of 15 organizations overseen by the American Farmland Trust. The database lists farmers, farmers looking for land, and farm properties in 13 counties, including Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess.
In addition to helping match farmers with land, the Farmland Finder website includes information about workshops and networking events for farmers and landowners. It also offers resources regarding leases, financing, taxes, insurance and other topics helpful to small farmers.
The Hudson Valley Farmlink Network, comprising both agriculture and conservation groups, was established to help farmers find land, develop farm succession plans, conserve their farms and prepare their land for farming. It offers information, training, networking and one-on-one assistance.