Town of Rochester (November 16, 2021)— The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced the transfer of a nearly 300-year-old farm in the Ulster County town of Rochester to the Hudson Valley Seed Company. Located between the Catskill Mountains and the western side of the Shawangunk Ridge, the property is near several other OSI-protected farms and is part of the highly visible and historically significant agricultural lands in the center of the Rondout Valley.
The 107-acre property was sold to Hudson Valley Seed Company (HVSC) and consists of productive farmland and woods, with almost two miles of the property running along Route 209, and Airport Road. The land will continue to be maintained as agricultural fields into the future and used by HVSC for certified-organic, locally sourced, and sustainably grown heirloom seed production.
“In an area with deep agricultural roots, protecting long-established farmland is key. Having conserved this property more than a decade ago, OSI has full confidence that the Hudson Valley Seed Company will continue our careful stewardship of the land and further the rich agriculture history of the Rondout Valley with its sustainable growing practices,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of the Open Space Institute.