Monday, May 13, 2019


Farmer’s Daughter Farm protected through conservation easement

(Farmer's Daughter Farm Facebook photo)

MOUNT HOPE – The 197-acre “Farmer’s Daughter” farm in the Town of Mount Hope has been protected with a conservation easement ensuring that it will be maintained in perpetuity as productive agricultural land.

Jeremy Schneider of the Orange County Land Trust said a three-way partnership led to the easement for Patricia and Matt Southway, who had been leasing the land, but did not have the means to purchase it.

“Through a groundbreaking partnership between the Orange County Land Trust, Scenic Hudson and Equity Trust, we were able to come with a plan to facilitate the transfer of ownership to the Southways and protect the farm at the same time,” Schneider said.

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets contributed $294,744 toward the total project costs through a grant to the Orange County Land Trust, and the Scenic Hudson Land Trust contributed $103,559. Equity Trust contributed $210,900.

The Southways own Farmer’s Market farm store in Otisville.

The idea of protecting the farm was initiated by the farm’s late owner, William Topp, who was leasing it to the couple.


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