Chester Agricultural Center
In 2014, a group of like-minded investors came together with the mission to build an innovative model of organic farming. They started an LLC with the goal of preserving Chester’s black dirt, converting it to organic growing practices, and providing affordable long-term leases to intermediate-level farmers. The Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, a private family foundation in Mountainville, NY is the lead investor.
The CAC is also working to address regional farmer and farmworker issues, and re-develop with local stakeholders a thriving community. Remaining mindful of the often tenuous financial viability of small- and mid-scale family farms, the CAC puts forth values and practices for farmer lessees that are intended to engender great fairness and equity for farmworkers.