Hill & Mountain Farming Project

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Hill & Mountain Farming Project

Take our Helderberg Hilltowns farming survey below! 

Photo: Geoffrey Coelho Photography.

Photo: Geoffrey Coelho Photography.

The Hill & Mountain Farming Project is an initiative based in the Hilltown communities of the northern Catskill Mountains. We bring together farmers, food system advocates and resource conservation stakeholders with experts and practitioners from around the world to build a sustainable farming economy in the region.

Approximately three million of farmland acres in New York State has been left idle or abandoned due to poor drainage, steep slope and changing economic conditions. This describes much of the land in communities in the northern Catskills. Historically an agricultural landscape, these challenges have rendered many of the region’s farms unviable. The perceived disadvantages of hill and mountain farming perpetuate a viscous cycle; labeling land as “marginal” discourages investment in resources, knowledge and policies to support sustainable agriculture.

The Hill & Mountain Farming Project will: redefine and assess these resources; expand the knowledge of hill and mountain farming systems; and support market development for the products and services created by these farms.

 

Helderberg Hilltowns Farming Survey

Farmers and farm producers across the Helderberg Hilltowns are encouraged to participate in a farming survey conducted by the Hill and Mountain Farming Project at the Carey Institute. The purpose of the survey is to gather information about our agricultural community, and raise awareness about the project.

The survey will help determine who is farming in the Hilltowns, what people are producing, and the biggest challenges they face in operating their farms. The data collected will help focus the efforts of the Hill & Mountain Farming Project on areas of interest and need. The information will also aid new farmers in making decisions about their operation.

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