The Persistence Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3, which was established in 1996. The Foundation was formed to help conserve farmland and preserve agricultural heritage.

Preserve Agricultural Heritage

The rural timber framed barns and outbuildings of the 18th and 19th centuries provide a vital link to America’s past. But they are in danger of becoming extinct. Most often now they are left in disrepair as farms transition towards modernization. The preservation and documentation of historic agricultural structures is a focus of The Persistence Foundation’s work. The restoration of the Historic Barns of Nipmoose is a prime example of this effort to conserve farmland and preserve agricultural heritage.

Photograph by Constance Kheel

“The beauty of this remarkable place [northern Hudson River Valley], captured with such joy by Grandma Moses, is expressed with no less sincerity by the barns of Nipmoose and the work of The Persistence Foundation.”

Jayne Stokes, Program Director, Civicure, Hoosick Falls, NY

Agricultural Heritage

The Persistence Foundation’s (TPF) work has been focused primarily in townships of the northeastern section of the Hudson River Valley (HRV). The HRV is an area of exceptional beauty, which is internationally acclaimed for its scenic landscapes and fertile soils. These communities, whose landscapes have been so charmingly depicted by painters of the Hudson River School as well as the renowned folk artist, Grandma Moses, are in danger of losing their cultural heritage as well as their base of farmland. TPF has undertaken initiatives to address these problems, partnering with land trusts, government entities, local organizations and other non-profits.

TPF’s most significant undertaking has been the restoration of the Historic Barns of Nipmoose. As a result, these barns showcase the skills of America’s early builders and the beauty of the timber framed structures of the past. Read more about the restoration on the history page.

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Your gift will help support our vital mission of conserving agricultural lands and heritage.

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Contributions to The Persistence Foundation, a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible to the extent that they exceed the value of goods and services provided in return. (Please consult your tax advisor).

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Questions? Send us a note or call 518-944-4414 for more information about The Persistence Foundation.

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