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  • largest farm project complete

    We are excited to announce that on April 17, 2019, Saratoga PLAN completed its largest farmland conservation project to date. Four hundred sixty-four acres of the Barber Bros. Dairy Farm in the Town of Northumberland is now conserved in perpetuity. The purchase of development rights was made possible by funding from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and a partial donation by Linda Barber and her son, Chad Barber.

    What began in 1939 as a small farm run by two brothers selling eggs and offering custom field work, Barber Bros. has developed into a successful 1,200-acre dairy farm, currently supporting a milking herd of 650 cows.

  • wm. h. buckley farm phase II

    On Friday, April 12, 2019, Saratoga PLAN finalized a second easement on Wm. H Buckley Farm, a working farm situated on a picturesque ridge overlooking Ballston Lake, on Route 50 in the Town of Ballston. Friday’s closing added 63 acres to the 252 acres conserved in 2015, for a total of 315 acres which will be protected for agricultural uses in perpetuity.

  • in memory of ed miller

    It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Ed Miller’s passing.

  • featherbed lane farm preserved

    We are happy to announce Featherbed Lane Farm has been permanently protected for agricultural use. With the help of many partners and funders, including the Local Farms Fund, American Farmland Trust, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Farmland Protection Program, and Saratoga County, PLAN purchased and extinguished the development rights to the land on January 9th, while also protecting the farm’s affordability for future farmers.

  • Remembering Douglas Ward

    Saratoga PLAN is saddened to lose a good friend, effective ally for conservation, wise legal counselor, outdoor enthusiast, and all-around fun-loving man with a jovial zest for life. Doug Ward will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We are touched that Doug’s family has asked that donations be made to Saratoga PLAN in… Read More 

  • Palmertown Report Released

    Saratoga PLAN, partnering with the Open Space Institute and Alta Planning and Design, has released a report outlining a conservation and recreation strategy for the Southern Palmertown Region. The report is based on findings from community engagement events, academic research, stakeholder interviews, surveys, and lots of hard work. A series of community engagement events brought citizens and experts together to explore the ecosystems of the Southern Palmertown area. These events were supported by funding from New York State’s Conservation Partnership Program for land trusts, helping to accomplish New York’s Open Space goals. The events were followed up by two surveys and key stakeholder interviews.

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