Hamilton Family Protects Farmland in Leicester and Geneseo
The Conservancy is pleased to announce the permanent protection of 1,182 acres of the Hamilton family’s farmland in the towns of Leicester and Geneseo. Three Hamilton families, brothers Roger and Randy and their aunt Evelyn, worked through a complicated State and Federally funded grant to place conservation easements on the highly productive bottomland of the Genesee River valley. The property is comprised of over 95% prime soils, worldwide the most productive of all soil categories, which will be protected from non-agricultural development in perpetuity.
The property also protects three miles of frontage on the Genesee River in Geneseo and nearly two miles of frontage on Little Beards Creek in Leicester.
Brothers Roger and Randy Hamilton are second generation farmers who own and operate Triple H Farm. The farm currently grows corn, soybeans, peas and snap beans in the fertile valley floor and plans to continue the family farming tradition with the recent addition of Roger’s daughter Leslie to the farming operation. As the newly appointed District 2 representative of the State Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, Leslie values the permanency of protecting the farmland, noting “with all the development in the Geneseo area we can now set long range plans for the future of our farm and be a partner in securing the future of agriculture in New York State.”
Much of the farmland is situated along the Genesee Valley Greenway. Protecting the Hamilton’s farmland has the added benefit of preserving the rural scenic views that can be enjoyed by the public while using the Greenway and make the Greenway such a great community resource.