Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
We are situated on the fertile Wallkill river flood plain soil in New Paltz, suitable for diversifed intensive biodynamic oriented farming. We are in the 2nd year of agriculture - Speciality Indian vegetable & herb production and ethical dairying. We are in the process to increase production for our Union Square Farmer's Market Booth, and due to interest and orders from high end Chefs, Grocery Stores, and demand from yet to be started CSA. We are looking for enthusiastic farmers to help us do that - either as employee and/or as collaborators by growing in partnership on our land.
We are specifically looking for :
Assistant Production Manager - For field, greenhouse and high tunnel production and for our booth @ Union Square Farmer's Market.
Assistant Marketing Manager - To help with Socail media outreach, website, marketing material, with Union Square Farmer's Market booth as well as to outreach to Chefs and Food Blogger clients.
Remuneration will be Hourly + % of production OR % of sales.
Apart from these employees, we are also looking for collaboration with speciality farmers who would like to utilize the land for accessory products/services to our main farming operation- we would barter the services in some manner. A nice young couple is keeping bee hives on our property and in return teaching us about bee keeping and bees are good for natural pollination for our agriculture. (Additionally, we would like someone to put in another 100 hives as we can buy almost all of that honey for our various channels). We have collaborated with an experinced permacultarist to grow various nut trees (Hazelnut and Chestnut) and berries in collaboration with us on unused land. We have a 10-12 acre forest where foraging, maple syrup tapping, mushroom production etc. could be done. We are looking for someone who can grow flowers on the boundaries of all the agriculture plots and in unused places - flowers will beautify our farm as well as attract bees and beneficial insects - that would be sufficient barter for us - additionally we could purchase essential oils.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
The farm property is on the fertile flood plain of Wallkill river in New Paltz farmed for hundreds of years even before the Heugonet settlors bought it from the Native Americans. According to Ag Census of 19th century, the Heugonets grew profuse vegetable crops and grains. There was a large dairy farm on the 220 acre property in the early 20th Century. Berries grew really well on the property. We bought the 45 acre sub-divided property in 2016 from previous owners who had hay/horses. The property is suitable and eligible for organic certification - that we plan to apply for soon.
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
- Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
- Electrical Access
Water access description:
We have water access from Wallkill river but we are not on the bank so we need to pull for about 3000'. A permanent irrigation system is being put into place from the river that would connect to the sprinklers and drip system for more acerage. Currently the liimted fields are being irrigated by a pond. This pond is fed from an almost year round stream from the Shawngunk mountains.
Apart from that, there are two drainage ditches, running alongside the fields, sourced from a year round spring on neighbor's property, that drain into the Wallkill, that have some water flowing through the year.
The ground water table is 4-6' so hand wells can be dug, but the refill flow may not be strong to irrigate unless for smaller purposes like for Greenhouse.
Currentlly there are 2 barns on the property that are being used for livestock and for storage. We have to put up more storage/work space.
Farmer housing description:
We have shared housing available currently ONLY for our prospective Livestock employee.
We are currently in the permit process with Town of New Paltz for puttng up permanent worker housing. The construction would happen most likely next summer onwards.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
Livestock- We currently have 8 catlle - 2 Brown Swiss cows, 1 Dutch belted Heifer, 1 Gurnsey cow and 3 heifers, as well as a Brown Swiss Ox Bhima that we are training. We recently saved a young calf from slaughter and that we shall further train for Oxen work.
Crops - We specialize in Indian Speciality crops. We got heirloom seeds from farmers in India and we are pleasantly surprised that Chefs love them.
Description of tenure options:
Except Sale, we are open to all manner of Collaboration. These may include -
Farm Accessory products/services - in lieu of barterning of some products/services/benefits to the farm sustainability
Grow crops on contract basis - that we desire and agree to purchase before you plant
Or as a straight Employee.
Please contact and we can discuss.
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
We are vegetarians, and hence do not want to use or allow to use livestock/animals for slaughtering on the property. We understand and appreciate that most animals provide diversified uses for a sustainable model. But we do not like slaughtering. We use and want to sell dairy products. We have a couple of goats for weed management, their pellets for compost and their hair for clothes. Poultry for their permaculture uses. We would allow barter of eggs.
As for crops - We or other farmers can grow any crops that sell. We encourage a diversified model for sustainability and proper soil management.
Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?:
Are you willing to have the public on the property as a part of the farm business?:
Any additional information about this property:
The 12 acre forest is in a Federal Wetland due to the streams coming from the Gunks that empty into Wallkill. There are a few Maple trees in the forest that we started tapping this year. Berries grow naturally.
Wallkill usually floods every 2-3 years in Spring due to icemelts. That has made these flood plains fertile. There are practially no stones in our well drained sandy-loam flat soils. Usually the waters slowly rise up in the spring and then go back down in a week or so, depositing a layer of silt on the way out. (nowadays with some debris to clean up too).
Hurricane flooding is rare (once in 50 years usually) but if it happens then most crops could be damaged. We would hence advise crop insurance. Building any permanent structures except fencing on the fields is not advised, unless raised sufficently above ground level. We are in Ag District so building farm structures is possible without much restriction.
In summary : We are on very fertile flat land with excellent soils. The advantage of being on flood plain is also cautionary. The anceint civilizations used to prefer to settle on fertile flood plains and accpet that they have to live by sharing the land with the river.