Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
145.5 acres, 87 in the Village of Hamilton, 58 acres in the Town of Lebanon
Multiple water sources, maintained forest trails, crop fields.
20 stall concrete horse barn with kitchen and apartment/office
3 Rimol production greenhouses and organic market garden
32'x30' pole barn with poured floor
1 bedroom/1 bath apartment in the horse barn
Apple orchard approximately 6 acres
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:
Dripwork irrigation from ponds
Creek/canal running through the property
Municipal water to the barns
72' x 36' Nor'Easter with water, electric, venting , propane heat
22'x96' Northpoint hoop house
26' x 84' Northpoint hoop house
Greenhouse for Hamilton Food Cupboard
8'x12' burpee glass greenhouse
One horse stall area renovated into certified vegetable wash room
Barn has a kitchen, one bedroom apartment and restroom
36' x 150' horse barn with strong foundation and corrugated metal roof
Farmer housing description:
One bedroom, One bath apartment
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
Has apple trees, wild ramps, wild morel mushrooms.
Sale price or estimated market value:
Sale website listing:
Description of tenure options:
For sale, but will consider partnerships or other
Current land zoning:
Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:
Preferred farming method:
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:
A great opportunity for organic farming in the progressive community of Hamilton, NY. The property consists of two contiguous parcels located in the Village of Hamilton and Town of Lebanon. The upper land is sloping with spectacular panoramic views of the Chenango Valley and Colgate University, while the lower fields are considered to be among the most fertile in the county.
At the road entrance of the farm is a 36’ x 150’ barn. The barn has an excellent concrete foundation and a corrugated metal roof. The exterior walls are either painted or faced with cedar siding. Steel I beams carry the upper floor load the length of the building. The upper level has been used for the storage of hay. The barn has been renovated and updated multiple times since it was built in 1979 including the installation of twenty horse stalls. Recently, the tack room was converted to an apartment/office space (successfully used as a farm store), a certified produce wash room was built, and new side doors were added to the barn. The barn also has a kitchen with electric heat, a hay elevator, a wood stove, and a bathroom.
Inside of a fenced-in area near the large barn sits four greenhouses and an adjacent pole barn. A 72'x36' Rimol Nor'Easter greenhouse was constructed in 2010 outfitted with a blower, fans, propane heater, electric, and a water hydrant. Two Rimol Northpoint hoop houses, 22'x96' and 26'x84' are adjacent to the greenhouse. The pole barn at 30' x 32' with poured concrete floor was built in 2014 with two large garage doors and conduit ready for electric. A smaller greenhouse was built in 2013 for the nearby Hamilton Food Cupboard, which provides fresh food and plants to those who use the cupboard's services. There is also an 8’ x 10’ glass Burpee greenhouse on the property.
The topography is varied and comprises active agricultural land in lower plains and middle tiers, fields and meadows with wide open vistas, woods, rolling hills, and two watercourses including the Chenango Feeder Canal and a large stream that empties into Woodman Pond. The west half of the property is divided into 3 large hay fields in between small plots of woodland. At the top of the hay fields stretches a well-managed woodlot through which almost a mile of trails were completed in 2015. Near the highest point on the property is a spring fed pond, perfect for irrigation or providing water for livestock. Below the feeder canal lies about 22 acres of tillable land, considered to be fertile by local farmers. Grants from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service allowed for the clean-up of 15 acres of waterway trails, thinned hardwood plots, removed invasive species, and the planting of nearly an acre of wildflowers to attract pollinators.
This property has it all - water sources, wildlife and hunting opportunities, cropland, wood lots, pasture, and great growth potential. The area is also attractive to those interested in foraging as the property has a large number of apple trees, wild ramps, and wild morel mushrooms. Not to mention its location in the beautiful village of Hamilton, home to the prestigious Colgate University (just ½ a mile away), an airport, and one of the top 100 high schools in the state (2016 Niche Inc., 2015 US News and World Report). The area has a vibrant agricultural community with many thriving farmer’s markets, especially the large Hamilton market with 120 vendors. Many regional restaurants and Colgate University have used produce from the farm and the demand for local produce throughout the area is growing