Wednesday, June 7, 2017



Conservation easement protects Duncandale Farm

The Duncandale Farm is located in the Coleman Station Historic District.

TOWN OF NORTH EAST – The 158-acre Duncandale Farm in the Town of North East has been protected with a land conservation easement through a partnership of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, Scenic Hudson, the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and the county.  The farm is located in the Coleman Station Historic District.

Dutchess kicked in $133,200 toward the total $1.15 million purchase of the development rights for the farm owned by Donald and Sharon Duncan.  The Dutchess County funding came through the county’s Partnership for Manageable Growth Program.

This property has been owned by the Duncan family since the 1700s and currently produces hay for beef and dairy cattle.  About 7,000 bales of hay are produced annually and sold to a range of horse, goat and sheep farms in the area.

Selling development rights encourages property owners to permanently preserve their land for agriculture, providing important funds to reinvest in farm operations or to transition a farm to the next generation.

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