There have been countless success stories at the Watershed Agricultural Council. Showcased here are various farmer stories and testimonials as well as before and after photos and videos of projects that have been completed to ensure the protection of water quality in the NYC Watershed.

Dar-View Farm

Dairy farmers for seven generations, the Darlings have been running their family-farm operation in Delancey, NY since 1849. “We love farming because it’s a great way to raise your family and learn a lifestyle of good work ethics and responsibility. It’s something that’s in your blood. There’s no real way to explain it.” As a…

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Brush Ridge Conservation Easement

The first closing of 2018 adds an additional 231 acres to the WAC Conservation Easement portfolio. The landowner is Brush Ridge Associates, LLC; the property is located in Middletown; the easement terms prohibit subdivision, protect water quality, and designate allocated use areas while preserving agricultural and forestry lands as working landscapes, critical to the health…

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Del-Rose Farm

Del-Rose Farm is located in Bloomville, NY. A multi-generational traditional dairy that has diversified over the years to include vegetable sales, baked goods and crop sales. Barb and Ernie Hanselman are joined by their three sons, Seth, Kale and Ladd as they discuss the farm’s various Best Management Practices and their day to day operation….

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JJ Farber Farm

JJ Farber Farm is a beef farm in East Jewett, NY. Sprawling over 1,500 acres, the farm boasts 86 cow/calf pairs with an additional 80+ young stock. One of the original 10 pilot farms that enrolled in the Watershed Agricultural Program in the early 1990’s, the farm made the transition from dairy to beef in…

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The Night Pasture

In 2017 we implemented a structural BMP at the residence of Jim and Karen Householder, an equestrian facility in Grand Gorge, NY. They needed a covered feeding area with an attached manure stacking area to allow the manure and feed waste to be collected and stored under dry conditions for spreading in accordance with the…

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Holley-Hill Farm

Holley-Hill Farm is a traditional dairy farm located in Walton, NY in the NYC Watershed. With about 70 head of Holsteins being milked daily and a thriving pumpkin business, they are a great example of a successful family farm with a strong conservation ethic that has diversified over the years. Watch to learn about the…

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Stony Creek Farmstead

Dan & Kate Marsiglio of Stony Creek Farmstead in Walton, NY showcase the success of their partnership with the Watershed Agricultural Council through their Whole Farm Plan in the NYC Watershed.With various Best Management Practices implemented on their diverse farm, the Marsiglio’s are stewarding the land with a strong conservation ethic.

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Merry Breeze Farm

On February 9th, just days before their birthday, identical twins Judith Tait and Joan Khouzam-Roberts closed on the Conservation Easement of their 156 acre dairy farm. The fun-loving sisters were excited to preserve their father’s legacy of farming the land they grew up on in Andes, NY. From a family of five sisters, Judy and…

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Evans and Evans Farm

Evans and Evans Farm is located in Andes, NY in the NYC Watershed. With the help of the Watershed Agricultural Council, Joe and Jackie Evans use a combination of environmentally conscious farming practices to help protect water quality and remain economically viable in the Catskills Region.

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West Wind Farm

Agricultural Program participant Heleen Heyning of West Wind Farm shares her story of farming in the NYC Watershed. Her story is the first in our new video series titled Boots in the Barnyard. Each video will feature a different participant’s story of farming, protecting water quality, and life in the Catskills.

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