Forestry, Farm Land and the Miles of Trails
About 300 acres of the farm are woods crossed by Second and Third Creek, 108 acres are orchards and there’s over 100 acres of row crops and hay fields that make up the beauty we call home. When Cracker Box Palace de-cided back in 2009 to purchase the farm, we also took on the preservation of all the woods and farm land too. We met with Dept. of Conservation to develop a forestry plan and it was then we partnered with Genesee Land Trust to put in place an easement that would protect the land and farm for the future to remain just as it is now. Farm and Forests.
An excerpt from the Genesee Land Trust web site; “History: The ease-ment was granted to Genesee Land Trust in 2011 from property owner Alasa Farms, Inc. Genesee Land Trust has acquired the development rights to ensure that the property remains as open land “in perpetuity,” a natural oasis for wild-life, especially migratory birds, and a working farm. Hiking trails and nature activities are also planned to be part of the future of Alasa Farms. “ You can read more from GLT on their web page, address listed below.
The farm-scape offers much to see and experience. Our goal was to always leave it to the community to learn from and also serve as an income enough to afford the upkeep on the farm and forests. So the plan was put in place to try and mend the forests from past logging, put in trails all the way around the perimeter of the farm that would serve as the trail system for hiking, wildlife watching, bird and endangered species observations and horse back riding for the public and for the farm staff and Genesee Land Trust to patrol the property to be sure it was protected and preserved. A Fairy Trail was even added just off the farmstead’s property for even the youngest of woods walkers to enjoy.
Future goals for the woods is to add a Sugar Bush and Sugar Shack to Emerald Point, just off the Seaway Trail to add another opportunity for income, education and a wonderful demonstration area of how the forests work and what we all need to do to protect our natural resources.
Events are also offered in the woods and land for tours, horse back trail riding events through ACTHA and hiking, snowshoeing and camping. Groups and organizations can adopt a mile of trail to furnish upkeep on trails. Genesee Land Trust also offers walks and hikes throughout the year. Please do visit their web site also for more information regarding them and their events.
If you or your group would like to hike or ride the trails there are trail maps available at the office or you may download one from this web site. If you are planning a trip to the farm’s trails, we only ask that you stop by the office or barns to let us know you’ll be out in the woods, and that you leave it as you found it. If you are bringing horses, please do check in on where to park horse trailers. And please do follow the trail signs.
Genesee Land Trust offers events at the farm too. Be sure to check their web site for more information too–under the ‘Events and Activities’ tab on their homepage you can view lists of GLT Special Events, Walks and Talks, Work Parties and Lectures