Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
This 47 acre parcel in the Town of Gilboa in Schoharie County is part of the Cornell Hollow Preserve (https://www.schoharielandtrust.org/what-we-protect/land-we-ve-protected/...) and part of the northwestern Catskill mountains.
Much of the land has been in agricultural use for hay and corn by a neighboring dairy farm, and the landowners use for beekeeping. The dairy farmer retired and is no longer managing the land, but we would like to keep it in production. The property includes woodlands and a small stream. The majority of the arable land is on a mountain hillside so it is not strongly suited to veg production, but has good conditions for grains. It could potentially be used for livestock, but it does not at present have infrastructure for that (could be negotiated in terms of co-investment in a proper barn). Note that the parcel is surrounded by 2 other neighboring properties that were also managed by the dairy farmer, one of 70 acres and the other for 170 acres--which may also soon be available for lease or sale given the preference of these landowners to keep our collective acreage in production. In sum, more land may be available connected within the immediate vicinity of this property (2 of 3 are under easement with the Schoharie Land Trust).
Water sources: natural springs, run off, rain, well
Type of land: sloping, wet,
Composition: 15-20 acres of mature, organic forest (est years: 70), 35-40 acres open field. Open fields were treated with pesticides and fertilizers until 2017.
Type of vegetation: deciduous trees, coniferous, grasses, brush
Existing structures: well, shed, stone walls
Existing cultivation: compost pile, wild berry bushes, sugar maple trees, ash trees, crab apple trees, 1 wild pear tree
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
- Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
Water access description:
Small stream on property
Medium sized shed provides some storage space for farm equipment but is not sufficient for livestock
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
It could potentially be used for livestock, but it does not at present have infrastructure for that (could be negotiated).
Price for lease per acre:
Description of tenure options:
Lease preferred for 1-4 years, with potential for longer term lease after. We are more interested in keeping our farmland in production than earning money from a farmer for leasing the land. Thus, we are ready to offer a lease in exchange for $1 per year.
Current land zoning:
Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:
Preferred farming method:
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
The land has had no chemical spray for 3 years, but it is not certified organic. Non-certified organic or certified organic is preferred.