Columbia Land Conservancy

The Columbia Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust based in Columbia County New York working with our community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat, and rural character of Columbia County. CLC's agricultural programs help farmers and non-operating farmland owners utilize a wide variety of land access and conservation tools available to them, including a variety of different leasing structures, partnerships, farm management, purchasing land using farmland protection tools such as donation or purchase of development rights, and other related services and programs designed to help farmers build equity and secure their businesses. CLC also partners with Dutchess Land Conservancy on our farmland matching program.

The Columbia Land Conservancy helps farmers and landowners in Columbia and Dutchess counties participate in the FNG-NY program and provides the necessary resources to develop fair, secure, and long-term leases. Types of assistance include website profile development, property mapping, and connections to volunteer farmers for individual consultations. CLC has specific expertise in land conservation tools including the donation and purchase of development rights, ground leasing, and other related services and programs designed to help farmers build equity and secure their businesses. 

Regions Served

Capital Region, Columbia County, Hudson Valley, Dutchess County

Ag Updates

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Applications Open for Dairy Funding Accelerator Program

The Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC) has opened applications for its upcoming Northeast Dairy Funding Accelerator (DFA) program. The 20-month intensive training curriculum will combine virtual and in-person sessions, as well as group and personalized Business Technical Assistance (BTA) training to help each participant meet their individualized needs. Funding for the program is being provided by the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC). Applications are being accepted until December 1, 2023.

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The Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Fellowship Program is seeking participants!

The Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Fellowship (CAMF) Program is designed to empower farmers and agricultural advisors to gain and share both the knowledge and tools needed to be resilient in the face of climate uncertainty.  This cohort-based learning opportunity is for farmers and agricultural advisors who are interested in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and planning, as well as peer-to-peer networking and support. Applications are due by midnight on November 11th, 2023. 

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Register Now for Cornell Small Farms Online Courses!

Are you thinking about starting a small farm? Do you already have a farm that you're looking to expand? Invest in your professional development and you'll see the returns in your business. The Cornell Small Farms Program offers a suite of more than 30 online courses, primarily taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. 

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Looking for an on farm job or have a farm job you are hiring for?

Are you looking for a farm job? Are you a farm looking to hire help? Check out the 'Find a Farm Job' page on the New York Farmland Finder website! 

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