The Persistence Foundation (TPF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3, which was established in 1996, in response to a growing need to conserve agricultural lands and heritage.
TPF’s work has been focused primarily in the Hudson River Valley (HRV), in the northeastern section. The HRV is an area of exceptional beauty, internationally acclaimed for its scenic landscapes and fertile soils. Its beauty has been memorialized by the painters of the Hudson River School and other artists.
Farming has historically been a pillar of the HRV. Its long history of agriculture has endowed the HRV with a rich cultural heritage, as witnessed by its farmhouses and barns and working agricultural landscapes. Currently, farming generates 400 million dollars of produce annually. It contributes as well to the economy by attracting tourists who delight in the area’s scenic vistas. Farming has also protected the HRV’s natural resources, such as its waterways, wildlife habitat, and forests, and has enhanced the quality of life in the valley. More