Northeast Farm Access, LLC, initiated the following farm projects by building strong connections between investors, farmers and farmland. Our role in these projects expresses our dedication to farm access across a broad, diverse social base. All projects creatively link investments in farmland to the development and support of sustainable agricultural ventures. We consistently seek to build security and equity for all parties, and follow our NEFA social-investment criteria. Read more.
Farmland Renewal LLC’s Copake Agricultural Center was formed in 2014 to bring together farmers and social investors in an innovative project that creates long-term access to land, while growing farmer and investor equity. It is a already showpiece of diversified, sustainable agriculture, re-energizing a community, and reinvigorating the soil. By the end of its first year, the LLC had purchased 192 acres and three farmhouses, moved 180 acres into conservation easements, and shifted 122 acres out of “conventional” agriculture into organic farming practices. Read more.
Situated on more than 270 acres of Orange County’s famously productive black dirt, the Chester Agricultural Center presents an opportunity to conserve land while putting it to its best use: growing clean, local food. NEFA facilitated formation of the Center in fall 2014, with its mission of farms, food and fairness, in partnership with the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, Orange County Land Trust and others. The Ogden Foundation has taken the lead role in the Center’s ongoing operations. Read more.
A dynamic new farming project called Esopus Agricultural Center, developed by Northeast Farm Access, LLC, and funded by 12 individual impact investors, closed in August 2016 on a 214-acre parcel, just off Ulster Avenue in Ulster. The plan for the historic former Chambers Farm immediately drew praise from local officials. Four experienced farmer-lessees, each attracted by the stability of 30-year leases, were on the land by September 2016. As of 2018 growing season, two of those have expanded, and two new farms have replaced the other former lessees. Read more.
Arrowhead Farm Agricultural Center, LLC (AFAC) purchased Arrowhead Farm in the Rondout Valley on Route 209 in Kerhonkson, New York, on May 18, 2018. This third-generation family farm is a tremendous addition to NEFA’s work to expand access to mid-scale organic agriculture in the Hudson Valley. We have begun to transition this 271-acre former dairy to organic management practices, and bring in farmer-lessees experienced in raising everything from flowers to seeds, vegetables to livestock and maple syrup. Read more.
In early 2017, Northeast Farm Access entered into a contract to purchase Hank Kenney’s Maple Homestead Farm in Marlborough, New Hampshire, closing in July. Maple Homestead Farm is one of a few remaining working farms in the Monadnock region, where land pricing makes it hard for farmers to purchase a “mid-scale farm” with so much acreage. We want to make it a forever farm, like the ones we have established at our three agricultural centers in New York’s Hudson Valley. Read more.
In its inaugural season, Northeast Farm Access’s Unity Agricultural Center (UAC) will be a home for farming, craftsmaking, and learning. With a focus on biodynamic practice and supplying the local Maine markets with food grown the right way, UAC promises to bolster the community and keep this historic farm in production for decades to come. Read more.
The Finger Lakes Agricultural Center, a joint venture with the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming, will focus on social justice advocacy. Through the Groundswell’s Farm Business Incubator program, the next generation of diverse farmers will get the training they need to make the region a sustainable source of organic food. Read more.