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Agricultural Stewardship AssociationAgricultural Stewardship Association

About ASA

Our Mission

Protecting our community's working landscape of farms and forests, connecting people to the land, and promoting a vibrant future for agriculture in the region.

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 18,999 acres on 120 properties in Washington and Rensselaer counties in the Upper Hudson River Valley. 

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. 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 easement, ASA takes on a permanent responsibility for stewardship, including annual site visits and meetings with landowners to ensure that conservation goals are maintained.

Conservation agreements are made in perpetuity, 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.