Pawling, NY, Dutchess County
Open Tillable Acres
Wooded (or other) Acres
Condition & Current Use
Growing Heart Farm is a small vegetable farm 70 miles north of New York City. We grow organic vegetables and host our community with small farm based gatherings. This sacred land hosts a spiritual congregation which directly supports farming. Entering our 13th season of operations we have helped develop numerous young farmers and fostered multiple new businesses in our “young farmer incubation program.” The current operation is optimized for greens, tomatoes, and select vegetables for CSA, market and restaurants. We have had an ongoing CSA and good relationships with several markets. The 42 acre property is within walking distance of a commuter train. We practice sustainable agriculture on a 2 acre garden supported by solar power, abundant water, and a wood heated propagation house. We have two 96x30 & one 72x30 high tunnels. The covered processing station has an 8x8 walk in cooler and dedicated well and the main fields and tunnels are surrounded by recently upgraded fencing, We farm with a BCS, plasticulture, and low till techniques. Learn about us on our website. We successfully adapted to new COVID challenges with our most successful seasons and markets to date. Our current farming team is graduating from our incubator program and they are relocating to start their own operation with family. The farm is in good shape with strong soil fertility and management. We understand that the world is in flux and are open to multiple approaches to small scale farming. We are close to many markets and have had a waiting list for our CSA all season.
Farm History & Past Use
There are 300+ year old field oaks on the property line which borders a much larger farm. Prior to current owners the farm was a small horse sanctuary.
The current owner purchased a small horse property in 2010 and immediately established a small CSA. Over the last 12 years the farming operation has steadily grown into its current form. The farm has been home to many events and houses a great community of weekend guests.
We have supported and incubated multiple young farmers over our 12 years of operations. During this time we have steadily built out infrastructure and developed the name and operation. We seek a farmer to start with a land lease with the potential for partnership in future years. While Growing Heart is an established name we are open to lease to a different farm enterprise.
Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?
Livestock / Crops Description
The farm is primarily a vegetable operation. There are great woods for pigs or goats. There would be space for smaller scale poultry. There is a small hen house.
Preferred Farming Method
BCS 853 diesel with tiller and berta
Ford E150 Delivery Van
full suite of hand tools
mowers, trimmers, and misc. equipment
8' cedar posts with metal fence on base and plastic tops. A few sections of T-posts. Primary garden and greenhouse are enclosed with ample gates
140' deep well. 7-10GPM variable speed pump.
6000 gallons of water tank storage
Backup house well access
Barns for Equipment/Storage
20x40' of barn storage space with lofts and rafters 20x30' shade covered hoop house processing station 8x8' coolbot powered walk in cooler (professional walk in not a home made cooler) two 96x30' and one 72x30' high tunnels, 10x30' prop house attached to farmer apartment 12x20' hardening off house/ high tunnel
private basement 1 bedroom apartment with laundry. approx 800 Sq. feet. Wood heated and attached to prop house heated by same wood stove
Additional Property Information
We are open to proposals. We would love to find farmers who share our community based values. We are most interested in greens and high tunnel farming. We are flexible with the size and nature of the operation if it is in harmony with our property.
Is the Property Conserved
Current Land Zoning
Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?
Can the public be on the property as a part of the farm business?
Additional Information About This Property
This is a very special place instagram @growingheartfarm or #growingheartfarm to gain a sense of farm culture. https://photos.app.goo.gl/zmf1vzAEEq3Dewzj7