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.

Gladstone Farms

Fifth generation farmer and WAC Council Chair Wayland “Bud” Gladstone and his wife Suzanne own and operate Gladstone Farms in Andes, NY. One of the original ten pilot farms in the NYC Watershed Agricultural Program they have transitioned from dairy to beef. Learn more about the Best Management practices and Nutrient Management practices they are…

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Springdale Farm

The Moody family has been farming in the NYC Watershed at Springdale Farm for over three generations. Learn more about their operation, how they have diversified and the Best Management Practices that have been incorporated into the daily life of their farm. Watch the video below.

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Walterna Farm

Walterna Farm has been a participant in the Watershed Agricultural Program since 1996. The Kuhn family has a generational dairy farm in Grand Gorge, NY in the Catskill/Delaware Watershed. They have strong conservation ethic and have been active participants in many of our agricultural programs throughout the years. In 2019 they were recipients of the…

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Rasmussen Family Forest Conservation Easement

In 2018, the Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) launched its Forest Conservation Easement Program. “The goal of the Forest Conservation Easement Program is twofold,” stated Easement Program Director Ryan Naatz. “We aim to preserve large tracts of private forestland for both the water quality protection they provide and for the benefit of local industries that they…

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Riverdale Farm and Forest

For eight generations, the Frisbee family have been running their family-farm operation, Riverdale Farm, in Delhi, NY. In fact, their family were some of the first settlers in the area. The Frisbee’s have been active participants in our programs for almost 20 years. Their farm follows a Whole Farm Plan, has an Agricultural Conservation Easement,…

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Thunder View Farm

On August 2, 2018 it was announced that Thunder View Farms of Grahamsville, NY had won the Region I National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA) Environmental Stewardship Award and was one of six finalists for the national award New Orleans. On January 30, 2019 it was announced that Thunder View Farms won the National award! Spanning…

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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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