The Incubator is located on one of New York’s most iconic landscapes, a large parcel on the eastern escarpment of the Shawangunk Ridge outside of New Paltz. This historic and scenic tract was conserved by by OSI in 2011, and subsequently purchased by Mohonk Preserve, including approximately 300 acres used as the site of the Incubator.
AppleSeed Permaculture Agro-ecological Site Assessment
Glynwood contracted AppleSeed Permaculture (“AppleSeed”) to complete an agro-ecological site assessment for the purpose of informing our land use management strategies at the Incubator site. The site assessment includes detailed information and relevant maps related to the physical characteristics and environment of the Incubator site. AppleSeed provided additional information about the property in their report on the historical and cultural context of the property. This report gives an overview of the historical and cultural context of the Incubator site including indigenous peoples and land uses, European settlement and agriculture, and the ecological and economic history.
Hudsonia Biodiversity Surveys
Hudsonia conducted a biological assessment to provide the basis for strong agro-ecological farming practices for our Incubator program participants and the general public. The biological assessment includes detailed information related to the physical characteristics and environment with relevant habitat maps of the Incubator site. Hudsonia’s report includes exploratory surveys for breeding birds, reptiles, amphibians, bees, damselflies, dragonflies, butterflies and plants.
The managed and unmanaged habitats of the Incubator site offer valuable resources to agriculture as well as the many plants and animals of this landscape. Hudsonia’s full report addresses aspects of relationships between soil health, biodiversity and farm productivity, and offers recommendations for farm practices that are compatible with the habitats and species of conservation concern at this site.
These studies were made possible by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA, Grant #2011-49400-30628).