Danby Farm

Ithaca, NY, Tompkins County

For Lease Cooperative Model Other Tenure Agreement
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Acres Available

7

Open Tillable Acres

7

Wooded (or other) Acres

0

Infrastructure

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Crops Permitted

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Livestock Permitted

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Condition & Current Use

This acreage is part of Danby's Agricultural district and begging to be put back to good use! 

The east pastures, A and B, are the portions we are looking to lease. Pasture A is immediately available for use and includes two large (although structurally questionable) barns. It is approximately 7 acres.  An old well exists behind one of the barns and can be explored as a potential source of water.  

Prior to the purchase of the land in 2022, we understand the Pasture A had been hayed, but has not been cultivated since. 

Pasture B will likely be available in 2026. It is currently leased as an evergreen farm for nursery stock and has been managed for the past 8 years.

 

 

 

Soil Types

Erie Channery Silt Loam

Farm History & Past Use

After talking to some local farmers, we've discovered that the farm was originally owned and operated as a sheep farm.  It has not seen agricultural activity in several decades.  There is also evidence the owner used the woods to hunt deer.

Tenure Options

Tenure Options

For Lease Cooperative Model Other Tenure Agreement

We are looking for a farmer interested in developing Pasture A into a productive multi-use/micro or small farm over the next 3-5 years. We are interested in developing our own portion of the property into a family farm and are most open to someone who is looking for a cooperative or would like to partner with us in developing the land as a whole.  We recognize that we do not have all the tools ourselves to develop this beautiful piece of property, but are willing and able to collaborate with someone who is interested in building something beautiful. 

Price for Lease Per Acre

$40

Are you willing to mentor a new or beginning farmer?

No

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?

Negotiable

Production Preferences

Livestock / Crops Description

We will review all proposals/requests with open minds.  We do not feel the property is large enough for cattle and is not ideal for horses. We will not negotiate on using organic practices - this is a must. We will also be keen to have someone who is using permaculture practices that are regenerative and sustainable. 

We are most interested in sheep, goats, pigs, poultry or game birds. We would be happy to have vegetables and fruit produced on the property, but are open to other non-standard crops such as willow, nuts etc. 

Crops Permitted

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

Livestock Permitted

  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a pig Pigs
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry
  • Black outline of a bee Bees

Preferred Farming Method

Biodynamic Organic (certified) Organic (not certified) Regenerative/Sustainable

Farm Infrastructure

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

Water Access

There is a well available behind the barns, but has not been inspected for condition yet. There is one additional well that is used by the RV that is available.

Barns for Equipment/Storage

There is one large hay barn that is > 100 years old. It is in questionable structural condition, but can be used for storage.

There is one sheep barn, also in questionable condition, the lower portion can be used for the storage.

Additional Property Information

We are so excited to start seeing this farm come alive. Fortunately, we are in an agricultural district and the community is fully supportive of farming practices.  That being said, we will be living in the RV during the summer and building a new home on the property in the west pasture and will be living there full-time starting in 2026. We prefer a tenant who is aligned with our vision of the property in the future and will be looking to promote the health and wellbeing of the property overall. We are not interested in monoculture or practices that take from the overall environment.  We hope we can find someone who we can collaborate with on future projects as we continue to develop this property!

Current Land Zoning

Agricultural

Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?

Yes

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

Negotiable

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