Upstate Curious & American Farmland Trust have joined forces to empower the next generation of farmers through equitable farmland access and permanent farmland protection across New York State.
NEW YORK FARMLAND ACCESS FUND
Thanks to two lead funders and an extraordinary $1,000,000 commitment from Upstate Curious, we are raising money and asking for your buy-in to facilitate next-generation farmland protection projects in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Your support is essential to our success.
It isn't a lack of interest keeping young people from farming — it's a lack of land access. Study after study tells us that land access is the number one barrier that beginning farmers face.
The New York Farmland Access Fund will help historically underserved and new-generation farmers — QTBIPOC farmers, specifically — access and purchase protected farmland. These farmers will be supported by AFT's regional team to adopt and increase regenerative farming practices on their land.
With your donation we will:
Provide farmland access for 5 to 10 new farm operations in New York. Our goal is to ensure that at least half of those who we support are from historically underserved communities.
Permanently protect up to 1,000 acres of irreplaceable farmland in New York state.
Support these farmers in bringing a bounty of regenerative agricultural practices to life.
We all need to eat. We all want healthy communities and clean environments. Farmers in your backyard need your help to strengthen our local and regional food systems and sustain a resilient future for generations to follow.
To learn more about the New York Farmland Access Fund and hear real farmer stories, visit our page here.
Help us ensure that farming in New York is sustainable and equitable. Donate below to the New York Farmland Access Fund today!
We will provide early supporters with exclusive updates on our progress and special invitations to events and resources in the coming year.
Questions? Contact Karisa Centanni, Senior Philanthropy Officer, (315) 748-5099; Jerry Cosgrove, Farm Legacy Director and Senior Advisor, (518) 281-5074