We’re pleased to announce that the DLC has secured funding from Dutchess County’s Partnership for Manageable Growth (PMG) Program to help permanently protect two local farms: Brookby Farm in the Town of Dover and Destined Wind Farm in the Town of Amenia.
These family farms – one a centuries-old dairy farm that has a license to sell raw milk directly to consumers, the other a larger dairy farm that protects a variety of important habitats and scenic views, including a significant viewshed from the adjacent Harlem Valley Rail Trail – embody the spirit of the PMG program, protecting the land while fostering agriculture for subsequent generations.
County Executive Marc Molinaro is pleased that the farms will be protected and said, “Agriculture is a vital, diverse and growing economic engine in Dutchess County, and our Partnership for Manageable Growth Program allows us to strategically preserve farming as an industry. Farming plays a vital role in Dutchess County’s future, just as in our past, and we will do all we can to promote it. Our support will position these farms well for the future of the industry while allowing each to continue a centuries-old tradition in Dutchess County.”
Brookby Farm is a 49-acre property that is home to a 200-year-old, seventh-generation dairy farm. This family-owned and run farm produced and sold over 800 gallons of raw milk in the first two months of receiving its raw-milk license. There is a farm store on site, where eggs, chicken, beef and pork raised on the farm are sold, as well as products from other area farms including honey, maple syrup and locally roasted coffee.
The farm also leases an additional 750 acres, and altogether, the farm yielded 600 round bales of hay; 6,000 square bales of hay; 300 tons of corn silage; and produced 450,000 pound (52,325 gallons) of milk in 2016. The farm recently received two honors in 2015, a Designated Dairy of Distinction and a Century Farm Award. The PMG Program will provide 50% of the funding needed to permanently protect the farm with a conservation easement.
Destined Wind Farm is a 232.5-acre, family-owned dairy farm that includes an active 100-plus cow dairy, 75 acres for hay production, 53 acres for corn production and 23 acres for pasture. Destined Wind Farm produces a little over one million pounds of milk each year, and sells that milk to Marcus Dairy. In addition the farm yields about 600 tons of haylage, 800 tons of corn silage, and 150 to 200 round bales each year, which is used to support the farm. The PMG Program will provide 30% of the funding needed to forever protect the farm with a conservation easement.
Created in 1999, the PMG program helps protect important agricultural and open space resources. The program provides a locally funded match for land preservation purchases up to 50 percent of the total project cost. Since its inception, the program has helped to protect almost 4,000 acres of farmland and open space in Dutchess County.
We are truly thankful that County Executive Molinaro, County Planning Board members, County legislators, local leaders, and community members recognize the importance of our local farms, not only as a primary industry, but as a major component of our scenic and rural landscape, and provider of fresh food that benefits each and every one of us. We can’t thank the County enough for their foresight in approving this great investment in our local farms – ensuring their long-term protection.