Willsboro Research Farm

This 351.12 acre farm provides land representative of the Lake Champlain-St. Lawrence River valleys for applied research, teaching and extension and is located 1.5 miles north of Willsboro at the entrance to the Willsboro Point peninsula with Lake Champlain bordering to the east. The elevations obtained from the topographic maps of the U.S. Geological Survey range from a low of 100 feet at the shoreline of Lake Champlain to a high of 240. The farm is on the gently rolling lacustrine plain adjacent to Lake Champlain. The soils on the Willsboro farm were developed in glacial till (Bombay), deltaic or glacial lake sands (Stafford and Cosad), and glacial lake clays (Kingsbury).

The farm is currently managed by the Agricultural Experiment Station; please visit their website for further information about the farm.

History

In 1982, E. Vreeland Baker, a retired independent investor in oil and gas exploration, donated the Willsboro farm to the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Mr. Baker grew up on the farm and eventually attended Cornell, graduating in 1923. During his childhood, the Willsboro farm, then known as the Baker farm, was used by his grandfather primarily for the production of apples.