The Tivoli Preserve Community Farm is a community space for urban agriculture and environmental justice situated in the Arbor Hill and West Hill neighborhoods of Albany, NY.
The farm is made possible through a DEC grant awarded to the City of Albany for improvements within the Tivoli Nature Preserve. The farm was initially motivated by the city’s vision to employ livestock for the purposes of controlling populations of invasive vegetation, but also provides an opportunity for community engagement along agricultural and environmental themes.
The Tivoli Nature Preserve, which spans 82 acre of undeveloped land, holds the Tivoli Lake and is bordered by the Patroon Creek to the North. A small flock of sheep and laying hens are currently housed in the preserve when the vegetation is lush from May until November. Currently, the farm is managed by a small group volunteers that is focused on building infrastructure for the animal’s care, implementing a community compost system, and introducing the surrounding residents to the projects.
In the winter months, the animals are housed at Albany’s historic Normanksill Farm. The Normanskill Farm, also home to community gardens and a dog park, is rich in a history that begins with the establishment of Normansville in the early 1800s.
The Tivoli Preserve Community Farm aims to bring regenerative land maintenance practices the Tivoli Nature Preserve. Currently, the primary tool is an intensive rotational grazing system through which sheep are used to control invasive species populations and improve soil health.
The farm is also dedicated to facilitating community agriculture and environmental justice.
The broader goal is to improve the preserve for enjoyment by residents of the surrounding West Hill and Arbor Hill neighborhoods, where opportunities for enjoyment of an undeveloped environment are otherwise rare.
There are many ways for you to get involved - you can lend a hand with one of our ongoing projects including animal care, composting and our future community farm and garden. If you have other skills, feel free to share those when you fill out the volunteer form.
We are always looking for interested volunteers to help us take care of our animals. Please note that all interested animal care volunteers will have a brief interview and go through training so they are well-equipped.
If you are interested in visiting, learning, or getting involved with the project, stop by the Tivoli Nature Preserve at the Judson Ave Parking Lot on Mondays between 4-6 pm. Staff and volunteers will be present while the sheep are grazing.
We have a small composting site and use our animals to help the process. Volunteers will be needed to help with turning the pile, chopping material and more. No experience necessary and training will be provided.
If you are interested in donating food scraps or spent grain for our animals and composting process, please contact us.
Community Farm & Garden
In the Spring of 2018, we hope to begin a community farm and garden. Contact us if you're interested in joining and we will let you know when we begin crop planning.
We are in search of:
- Rain barrels / 60-gallon drums
- Garden tools: Pitchforks, Rakes, Shovels, Gloves
- Wheel barrel(s)
- Fencing supplies
We are located at the Tivoli Nature Preserve.
If you have questions about the project, animals, or general interest please contact:
If you have questions about volunteering, special events or bringing a group in for a group work day, please contact:
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Leave us a message; we'd love to hear from you!