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Copake, NY, Columbia County

For Lease Business Partnership Farm Management
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Acres Available

4

Open Tillable Acres

1

Wooded (or other) Acres

3

Infrastructure

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  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • black outline tractor icon Equipment
  • Black outline of a fence Fencing
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Crops Permitted

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline of a wheat germ Grains
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Livestock Permitted

  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry
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Condition & Current Use

300 blueberry bushes in fenced enclosure.  Additional room for another 200-300 blueberry bushed inside fenced enclosure.  Small greenhouse, small barn, tractor and other tools available additional flat cleared land in full sun for planting in raised beads or that could be fenced.  Partially shaded areas possible for planting as well. 

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Farm History & Past Use

I was told it was at one time a potato farm.  It was undeveloped land for about 20 years and then my husband and I began clearing the land in 2010 and constructed the buildings and other infrastructure since then. 

Tenure Options

Tenure Options

For Lease Business Partnership Farm Management

I would be most interested in leasing the farm portion of the land for a multi-year period (likely 5 years) to someone who would take on the bulk of the risk and reward.  I would like to retain an advisory role and could invest in further development and infrastructure.  There is a current farm manager who I think would like to continue to be involved in some capacity, but who would probably not be available off-season. 

Are you willing to mentor a new or beginning farmer?

Negotiable

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?

No

Production Preferences

Livestock / Crops Description

Right now there are only blueberries.  Anything that needed a lot of flat space would not be appropriate.  A neighbor has chickens, but lots of livestock would not be appropriate. 

Crops Permitted

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline of a wheat germ Grains
  • black outline other crops icon Other Crops

Livestock Permitted

  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry

Farm Infrastructure

  • black outline barn icon Barns - Equipment Storage
  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • black outline tractor icon Equipment
  • Black outline of a fence Fencing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

Water Access

Well with faucet close to fenced area and green house.  Drip irrigation system in blueberry field.  Can be expanded. 

Barns for Equipment/Storage

16 x 20 wooden barn with electic, walk in cooler for fruit and vegetable storage and commercial freezer.  8 x 12 plastic green house with tables for seed germination. 

Additional Property Information

I would like the farm to be certified naturally grown as it is now or organic.  There are neighbors so appearance, smells, dust, noise, etc. could be of concern. 

Can the public be on the property as a part of the farm business?

No

Additional Information About This Property

My husband died in December 2016 and this summer was the first year that there were enough blueberries to market.  We had intended to grow the farm into other fruits and vegetables, but I have realized it is more that I can do myself.  I am still working full time in New York City. 

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