Envision the ideal setting for the modern farming movement to flourish and it would certainly be the Hudson Valley. Not only does the region have a longstanding history rooted in agriculture, its proximity to New York City—just 2 hours by car—sets the stage for affluent urbanites to try their hand at organic farming methods.
In last five years, the modern farming trend has swept across America, though in many respects farming has never left our region. It seems, however, the resurgence of local farming has grown exponentially in popularity as of late. In fact, recently our firm completed the sale of two significant farms in Dutchess and Columbia counties.
While farming has never been easy, there are several local and national resources available to those who possess the grit. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York promotes land stewardship, organic food production, and marketing among local farmers, gardeners and consumers, while the National Young Farmers Coalition provides training, support and financial resources to young American farmers and their families. There are government programs too, including those by the New York State Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Whether you are looking for a hobby farm for weekend retreats or are interested in a complete agricultural operation, I encourage you to explore the Hudson Valley.