The Incubator is located on one of New York’s most iconic landscapes, an 856-acre parcel acquired by OSI in 2011 on the eastern escarpment of the Shawangunk Ridge outside of New Paltz. This property includes 534 acres that has since been purchased by Mohonk Preserve, alongside two historic farms located on approximately 330 acres of the historic and scenic tract, which will be 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. A summary of AppleSeed’s findings is available in the Incubator information booklet.
Hudsonia Biodiversity Surveys
Hudsonia conducted a biological assessment for the purpose of informing our land use management strategies at the Incubator site to provide the basis for strong agro-ecological farming practices for our Incubator program participants and the general public. The site assessment includes detailed information related to the physical characteristics and environment and relevant habitat maps of the Incubator site. The 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 abundant resources of value to agriculture and to the host of plants and animals of this landscape. The full report addresses aspects of the relationships between soil health, biodiversity and farm productivity, and offers recommendations for farm practices compatible with the habitats and species of conservation concern at this site. A summary of Hudsonia’s findings is available in the Incubator information booklet.
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).