Martha Deming purchased sections of her property back in 1971 and 1988 after moving to Remsen for a job teaching 7th and 8th grade art. She loved working with the kids and found a real sense of community in the area.
Over the years her artwork expanded beyond her work with the school as Martha portrayed the beauty and character of Tug Hill’s unique land and culture through her personal artwork.
When you talk to her about it she’ll explain that it’s the active central New York arts community, her wonderful neighbors and friends, and her horses and land that makes the place so special. And then she’ll emphasize the land, again.
A passion, a special place
Martha, like so many of us who live and work here in Tug Hill, passionately loves the land she owns as well as the context in which she lives.
She has seen what can happen over time, with the slow and steady chipping away of a special valley or quiet woodlands as they fall victim to sometimes slow, but unrelenting, piece-meal, development.
So Martha reached out to the Tug Hill Land Trust to see if conservation was right for her.
“I wanted to know that not just in a few years, but many generations down the road, there will still be open land for farming, for animals, for birds, for the restoration and sustenance of the human spirit,” remarked Martha.
Martha’s land is now conserved because, for her, it made sense. When asked why, she quietly explains, “I can be at ease knowing my land is now protected with Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust.”
Her vision for a special place, for generations to come, is now a reality thanks to her passion for the joy that nature and the land can bring today, and tomorrow.