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Lands We've Protected

Stone Wall Hill Farm

Conserved 108 acres in December 2009, Stephentown



Stone Wall Hill Farm, home of “The Berry Patch” is permanently protected

The loyal customers of The Berry Patch in Stephentown got a fabulous Christmas present when their neighborhood produce farm was permanently protected on December 22, 2009. The fields and farm store owned by Dale Riggs and Don Miles are well known in the area, and the conservation project generated broad community support. Over 100 people directly contributed about $13,000 to help with project costs and to ensure that this part of their valley would always remain in agriculture.


ASA will hold the easement on the 108 acres of Stone Wall Hill Farm. The land currently yields an abundance of berries and many kinds of produce which are marketed from the farm store as well as at the Troy Farmers’ Market. First generation farmers Dale and Don have worked hard to improve their land and expand their operation over recent years, and are thrilled to know that this land will never be threatened by development.




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