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Agriculture in Schodack
Updated: 28 Mar 2011
Farming, in many forms, represents a significant economic activity.
From traditional dairying, raising "buffalo", and training riding- and race-horses to various forms of horticulture (including commercial "truck garden" vegetable production), agriculture maintains deep roots in Schodack. It is concentrated in South Schodack and the northeastern part of town. Industrial and commercial agribusiness concerns are broadly dispersed.
As is true of much of the Northeastern U.S., forests were largely cleared by the Civil War, to provide pasture and crop-land for residents. With the westward migration of the 1860s through the 1880s, less fertile and hilly terrain returned to forest cover. While the rejuvenation of the forests has had a century to provide a landscape that few can imagine as cleared land, forestry plays a relatively small role here. Nonetheless, some areas are being logged, under careful environmental constraints and with an eye to sustainable use.
Gem Farms, in South Schodack, maintains one of the largest American Bison herds east of the northern plains and produces a variety of Buffalo products - from meat to hides to live specimens for a variety of buyers. Gem Farms' directions are at their website.Photo Courtesy of Gem Farms
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Other agribusiness entities include Goold Orchards, Brookview Station Winery, Peters Dairy, The Farm at Kristy's Barn and Better Nature Produce (Hydroponic microgreens & lettuce)