Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
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 11th 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 a 96x30 & 72x30 high tunnel with the groundwork laid for another 96x30 in 2021. 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 in 2020 with our most successful season to date, and will continue to adapt and evolve for 2021 forward. 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 uses of the property:
The current owner purchased a small horse property in 2010 and immediately established a small CSA. Over the last 11 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.
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
- Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
- Farmer housing
- Equipment available for sale or lease
- Electrical Access
Water access description:
140' deep well. 7-10GPM variable speed pump.
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)
96x30' high tunnel
72x30' high tunnel
Potential 2021 EQIP funded 96x30' high tunnel
10x30' prop house attached to farmer apartment
12x20' hardening off house/ high tunnel
Farmer housing description:
private basement 1 bedroom apartment with laundry. approx 800 Sq. feet. Wood heated and attached to prop house heated by same wood stove
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
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.
Description of tenure options:
We have supported and incubated multiple young farmers over our 11 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.
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
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.
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:
This is a very special place
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