Conserving Agricultural Lands and Heritage


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.


Working farms and agricultural landscapes are disappearing at an alarming rate, while prime farmland is subdivided and sold for development or left fallow. TPF promotes efforts to sustain agriculture and conserve farmland. TPF also advocates for land use planning that supports farming.


As farms are no longer used for agriculture, or as farms transition towards modernization, the timber framed buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries are left in disrepair. These barns, houses and outbuildings provide a vital link to America’s past, but are in danger of becoming extinct. The preservation and documentation of historic agricultural structures is a focus of TPF’s work.


TPF has undertaken several projects in the northeastern section of the Hudson River Valley (in particular Rensselaer and Washington counties) involving conservation and reclamation of agricultural lands as well as the preservation and restoration of historic structures.



The Persistence Foundation’s most significant project has been the restoration of three historic barns, the Historic Barns of Nipmoose. To learn more about the Nipmoose barns and the foundation’s work, visit