Northeast Farm Access, working with lead investors, is in contract to purchase the Arrowhead Farm located in in the Rondout Valley, on Route 209 in Kerhonkson, New York. This important third-generation family farm is a critical addition to NEFA’s work to date to expand access to mid-scale organic agriculture in the Hudson Valley.
The plan in development for this 200-plus-acre property is to transition to organic while bringing in farmer operators for a range of mixed-use activities, from haying to livestock to vegetables and of course the continued production of maple syrup. For the 2017 growing season, we are working with the current owner and farmer planting organic cover crops using organic practices.
This is an exciting addition to our other projects in the area, including the Esopus Agricultural Center in Ulster, and the farmworker-housing project in Kerhonksen at Maybrook Hotel. The Arrowhead property will contribute to creating a critical mass of farmland toward our agroecology program, building and studying healthy on-farm ecosystems.