Agriculture has played a key role in the formation of the Hudson Valley’s landscape, as well as its identity. Today, it remains an important and viable industry in the Hudson Valley.
- NYS has the third highest dairy sales in the nation;
- As of 2007, the Hudson Valley was comprised of 848,456 acres of farmland (17% of the entire region);
- 38% of those acres lay in Washington County (home of Tour de Farm!); 20% in Rensselaer and 15% in Saratoga.
Farms, road-side stands, farm-to-table restaurants, and other signs of a vibrant agricultural community mark the Hudson Valley. Although still in a fledging stage in the US, agritourism has become a way for savvy farmers to diversify their income. Not all farms are able to capitalize on this growing industry, but for those that can, this diversification can be important for farms as a way to survive during times of economic uncertainty.
Just as corn mazes, farm stays, and wine tours are an important aspect of agritourism, the conservation of our agricultural lands and open spaces – as well as the preservation of historically significant structures, such as barns – prove to be essential. Barns have long been part of the tradition of agriculture in the Hudson Valley, and the subtle differences in architecture often hold the key in learning about the people who built them.
While in the region, be sure to visit the Historic Barns of Nipmoose. Three beautifully restored, historically significant and unique barns stand on the property.
For information on tours, how to hold events at Nipmoose, and more pictures, visit their website.
The pictures seen here of the Historic Barns of Nipmoose were taken by Constance Kheel.