Listen to Justine and Brian interviewed by Dave Publow on WOOC – Hudson Mohawk Magazine from studios at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY.
Denison Farm featured in Radical Roots documentary short, directed by Patricia Lane.
CSA farms also let participants buy vegetables for reasons other than just fresh eating. People interested in supporting organic farming, for instance, can choose an organic CSA farm, while others can feel good about lowering their carbon footprint for the food they eat. “The CSA model is less about service and more about partnership. It becomes your farm,” says Justine Denison of Denison Farms.
Wanting to preserve the farm’s place in the community, the Denisons approached the Agricultural Stewardship Society, a land trust organization, about obtaining a conservational easement for their property, which would bar any development on the land unrelated to farming. The easement will not only preserve their farm’s footprint, but also make sure it is available and affordable for future farmers.
Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino said protecting the Denison Farm supports a key element of the county’s economy. She said it also protects the area from development pressures emerging from the construction of the Global Foundries computer chip factory across the Hudson River in Saratoga County.
WNYT’s (NewsChannel 13) Benita Zahn reports on the thousands of acres of farmland destroyed by Irene’s flood waters. Denison Farm is featured in the report. “It’s our livelihood. And to see all of the hard work that all of the people do on this farm to create this, it’s heartbreaking,” said Justine Denison.