"Not to be missed is the recently constructed round barn at the Churchtown Dairy funded by Abby Rockefeller. There’s a small farm store that sells meats and yummy cheeses made onsite, as well as and raw milk. That’s it. There’s a medicinal garden and handsome critters. One is free to roam about and I would definitely recommend doing so."
For most of the twentieth century three families operated independent dairies on the 250 acres that now comprise the Churchtown Dairy. In the 1980s, however, with milk prices in decline and the passage of the Food Security Act of 1985 establishing a dairy herd buyout program, many small-scale dairy farms folded, including the three operating on the land that is now Churchtown Dairy. At the same time much of the farmland in Columbia County was being sold off to developers to create housing and commerce areas. With a wish to preserve farmland and the resources to do so, Peggy Rockefeller began purchasing farms in the Hudson Valley as they came on the market, keeping them safe from development. In all she amassed more than 3,000 acres of arable land in the area, including the 250 acres that now makes up the Churchtown Dairy.
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