The Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) is a nonprofit, community-supported land conservancy dedicated to protecting local farmland from encroaching development.
Since our founding in 1990, we have helped conserve 20,042 acres on 125 properties in Washington and Rensselaer counties in the Upper Hudson River Valley.
Land conserved for agricultural purposes can never be used for housing developments or commercial development.
ASA saves farmland for the future
Each family that has protected their land has a unique story, and every conserved farm contributes in its own way to our vision for the continued vitality of agriculture in our region.
There are several options available to landowners who are interested in permanently protecting their land from development. In some cases, ASA can help landowners (usually active farmers) apply for government funding to reimburse the landowner for giving up their development rights in perpetuity. Where government funding is not available, landowners may be able to donate their development rights by giving up those rights for free. This may provide the landowners with certain tax advantages.
We’ll advise on the suitability of each option, based on the goals of the landowner, the attributes of the land, the availability of funding and various other factors.
Once the land is protected by a conservation agreement, ASA takes on a permanent responsibility for stewardship, including annual visits to the land and meetings with landowners to ensure that conservation goals are maintained.
Conservation agreements (also known as easements) endure forever, meaning these acres will always be kept as farmland. Forever.
ASA involves the community
The work of ASA is actively supported by many dedicated individuals who donate time, assets and professional expertise. We are fortunate to live in a community that shares a love for the land and takes an active role in protecting it.
ASA offers a variety of events and programs throughout the year, including workshops, farm visits, hikes, bike tours, and a well-regarded art show, Landscapes for Landsake. All of our endeavors are tied to the land in some way and focus on community involvement in farmland conservation.