Pitney Farm, Crops not Concrete
I’ve been interested in regional foods for as long as I’ve been a nutritionist. For me, it just makes sense to eat food in season from nearby farms.
Food grown locally with natural sustainable farming methods is good for our health, economy and environment. Despite an increasing demand for local food, over the past three decades, NYS has lost half a million acres of farmland or 4,500 farms.
Without local farms there cannot be local food.
The Pitney Farm, with its rustic grey buildings, is a 166 acre farm in the city of Saratoga Springs. It is a farm at risk, at the crossroads of concrete vs crops. After 150 years of farming, the Pitney Family put the farm up for sale. Thanks to the joined efforts of farms such as Pleasant Valley Farm, Michael Kilpatrick and the City of Saratoga Springs, the farm will be saved from commercial development and transformed into a community farm. The new Pitney Meadows Community Farm will be a visible reminder that farmland is important and must be saved.
Over the course of an October weekend, I photographed the Pitney Farm for a photography class, vacant and empty, waiting to transition from family farm to community farm. Saved from development. A symbol of what was and will be. Preserved for future generations. Where there will be crops not concrete.
Funds are being raised to complete the sale. Donations are being accepted.
Learn more about the Community Farm and how you can contribute at this link. http://www.pitneymeadowscommunityfarm.org/ and visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Pitney-Meadows-Community-Farm-1629812240570111/?fref=ts.