In June of 2008, OSI and the Ulster County Farmland Protection Board announced the permanent protection of the 346-acre Arrowhead (Davis) Farm on Route 209 in the Towns of Rochester and Wawarsing, Ulster County, New York, by OSC. The farm is located just north of Kerhonkson.
The Davis Farm anchors some of the Rondout Valley’s finest agricultural land. The farm occupies a key geographic position in the center of the Valley, nestled between the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge and running along the Rondout Creek. Gently rolling hills, prime soils which provide excellent drainage, sweeping scenic vistas and significant frontage along NYS Route 209 make the Davis Farm one of the most scenic and important farms in Ulster County. The farm had been highly sought after for development due to its extremely desirable qualities.
“In recent years my family and I have received numerous offers to sell the farm for development, including plans to develop the property with hundreds of homes and commercial retail space along Route 209,” said Peter Davis.
With the funds from the sale of the agricultural easement the Davis are able to turn their farm into a diversified agricultural business, ensuring that residents of the Rondout Valley have greater access to locally grown, safe, fresh and nutritious food, and additionally ensuring that their family farm and heritage will be preserved forever.
An agricultural easement is a legally binding restriction which forever protects the agricultural and scenic values of the farm, while prohibiting housing subdivisions and commercial development.