CAP and CLC host Chatham Area Farm Tour

CHATHAM – The Chatham Agricultural Partnership (CAP), the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) and area farmers sponsored the 11th Annual Chatham Area Farm Tour on Saturday, September 28. Tourists were invited to visit any of 19 locations of rural and farming activity from orchards and vegetable growing to livestock and equine rescue, and see how they worked.

Farms on the tour included: Love Apple Farm, Grimaldi Farm, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Maple Leaf Sugaring, Jersey Meadow Farm, Little Ghent Farm, Kinderhook Farm, The Berry Farm, Staron’s Farm Stand, Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary, Highland Farm, Little Book Farm, Raven & Board Dog Wood Farm & Rock City Mushrooms, Buttonwood Hollow Farm, Red Rock Farm, Hawthorne Valley Farm, High & Mighty Farm and The Barn at Miller’s Crossing.

The Little Brook Farm in Old Chatham is known for equine rescue but it is much more than that, it is an educational facility and home of B.I.T.S. or Balanced Innovative Teaching Strategies. Summer Brennan (r) conducts a riding lesson in the recently constructed enclosed arena. Photo by David Lee

At the Jersey Meadow Farm, the family of Olan and Kendra Martin milks seven cows and sells raw milk from the farm stand on Snyder Road in Ghent. The unprocessed milk is tested both by New York State and daily by the farm itself to insure its safety. Among the many fans of Jersey Meadow raw milk are Butch and Theresa Martin (pictured) who get their raw milk sometimes twice a week. Photo by David Lee

The kitchen is one of the main attractions at Little Ghent Farm, Snyder Road, Ghent. Featured are bread and pastries. The kitchen was tended by Karlee Shields and Chrissy Straub and the doors were open in anticipation of tourists. Photo by David Lee

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