Support Our Farming Community

The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) has some great ideas to support our farming community during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of those ideas is purchasing food from local farms.

New York State considers farms and farmers markets to be essential during this time. Local farms are still open, but you may have to be flexible to purchase their products. Find your favorite farms online or call to see if they are taking pre-orders for pick up or offering delivery services while we all practice social distancing. CLC has created a directory of Columbia County Farms to find available local farm products.

Another idea is to sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. CSA memberships offset some of a farmer’s early operational costs and allow them to invest in their growing season, while you enjoy fresh food as it is ready for harvest. Click here to find a CSA near you.

Columbia Comeback Committee Schedules First Meeting for Today at 1pm

The Columbia County Comeback Committee was formed last week by Columbia County Board of Supervisors to assist Columbia County businesses as the county looks ahead to the re-start of business activities.  The Committee has been tasked to serve as a resource for county businesses to navigate the new normal and develop initiatives to help business owners adapt and respond. Although we can’t be certain when the state will allow for business to be conducted, we can plan to be prepared with Columbia Comeback in a major support role.

The meeting is open to the public and can be accessed via a link to YouTube on the Columbia Economic Development Corporation website (

DATE/TIME: Monday, May 11, 2020 / 1pm – 2pm

LOCATION: Columbia County Board of Supervisors YouTube Channel 



Rensselaer County to Distribute Cloth Face Masks to Residents, Wednesday

Rensselaer County will distribute free cloth face masks to county residents this Wednesday (April 29) as part of efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The free masks will be available at the following five locations from 4pm to 6 pm:

  • County Government Center, 1600 7th Ave., downtown Troy
  • Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Road, Schodack (address for GPS is 265 Schuurman Road, Castleton, NY 12033)
  • Schaghticoke Town Hall, 290 Northline Drive, Schaghticoke (address for GPS is 290 Northline Drive, Melrose, NY 12121)
  • North Hoosick Fire Department, 22106 NY Route 22, North Hoosick
  • Stephentown Fire Department Fire Hall, 35 Grange Hall Road, Stephentown

At all locations, motorists will be asked to pull their vehicles into the parking area. A package of masks will be handed through the window. Residents should bring a driver’s license as proof of county residence.