news and press

  • 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. Read More 

  • 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. Read More 

  • 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. Read More 

  • Conservation Heroes Honored

    Saratoga PLAN, the land trust of Saratoga County, presented awards to seven Conservation Heroes on December 1st at the Featherbed Lane Farm, in the Town of Charlton, before an audience of enthusiastic supporters of land protection. Read More 

  • Newly Renovated Bog Meadow Trail Reopened

    A hardy group of more than 50 trail enthusiasts braved rain, wind, and high water on Saturday, November 3, to cut the ribbon at the new entrance to the Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail in Saratoga Springs. The reopening culminates a season of trail renovations including the creation of a new spur trail at Meadowbrook Road, extended bog bridging to avoid wet areas, extensive raising and smoothing of the trail surface, numerous drainage improvements, and new additions to prevent flooding caused by an active beaver population. The trail had been closed since last spring while the renovations were underway. Read More 

  • 89-Acre Tooker Farm Conserved

    Retired farmer Donald Tooker generously donated a conservation easement to permanently protect 89 acres of productive farmland in the heart of the Town of Wilton. The closing took place on October 24th. The farm, located near the junction of Jones and Old Gick roads, is used for growing alfalfa for the Kings Ransom Dairy Farm and vegetables for the Vincek Farm. In addition, Tooker retails his own honey harvested from 30 hives scattered throughout the area and manages 27 acres of native woodlands on the property. With the assistance of Saratoga PLAN, a not-for-profit land trust, the farm will be conserved primarily for agricultural purposes. Read More 

  • Feast of the Fields 2018

    Saratoga PLAN hosted 606 hungry and thirsty patrons of local food at the 13th annual Feast of the Fields on September 20, held at Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs. The event paired ten chefs from area restaurants with farm-fresh ingredients, local beverages, and other regional foods supplied by more than 65 local farms and vendors. Each chef provided delicious small plates at individual tasting stations. DeCrescente Distributing provided a wealth of beer, wine, and distilled spirits to wash it all down. Read More 

  • Feast of the Fields Returns for 13th Year

    The 13th annual edition of Saratoga PLAN’s Feast of the Fields will return to Saratoga National Golf Club on September 20. The event, likely to sell out to 600 guests, features farm-fresh produce, meats, and dairy products from a wealth of local farms, transformed into amazing culinary treats by well-known local chefs from regional restaurants. Feast celebrates the bounty of agriculture in the Saratoga region, which remains strong partly due to Saratoga PLAN’s farmland conservation efforts. Funds received support land conservation. Read More 

  • Botany Tea Celebrates Nature

    To celebrate the natural beauty of a permanently conserved farm, Saratoga PLAN held a Botany Tea event, attended by 30 people, on Sunday, August 5, 2018, on beautiful 144-acre Fiddle-i-Fee Farm, in the Town of Northumberland. Saratoga PLAN permanently preserved the farm, the home of Neil and Cathy Roberts, with a conservation easement in the fall 2017. Read More 

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