Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
Hillrose Farms has the mission to bring together land, food, and community, providing event space and lodging amongst a productive farm and natural surrounding for both local residents and visitors. This new operation will restore and revive the land into a setting for events, farm tours, vacation stays, and educational experiences.
The property is situated on the eastern slope of Bellvale Mountain, with 2-15% grade throughout the property. The majority of the plot is wooded and approximately 10 acres have been cleared. Currently 15 acres is used for cattle grazing. This is a temporary operation that will be replaced with the new, comprehensive farm plan designed by Appleseed Permaculture.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
The 271 acres was historically the Todd farm, dating back to the 19th century. The property was purchased in 1988 and used sparingly. 15 acres is used for cattle grazing with minimal supervision.
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
- Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
- Electrical Access
Water access description:
Water and septic access will be installed on the property.
A 2,200 sq ft barn and a small winter livestock run-in shed will be constructed on the property.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
Hillrose Farms wishes to restore and revive the existing pasture into a diversified farm operation and farmstay. A comprehensive, diverse permaculture concept plan has been designed for 15 acres on the property. The plan includes:
Silvopasture Woodland - 2.5 acres of thin forest for goat or sheep grazing
Annual Production Gardens - 9000 and 4800 sq ft spaces for greens, vegetables, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes
Silvopasture Orchards - 5.7 acres of semidwarf trees for apples, plums, peaches, pears, cherries, or pawpaw
High Tunnel Greenhouse - 1800 sq ft space for various crops
Maple Sugaring - 120 taps in the woods adjacent to the farm
Small Fruits Shrubs - diversified garden for blueberry, raspberry, blackberry
Pasture Rehabilitation Areas - 2.5 acres in need of decompaction, forage seeding, low-impact grazing and/or mowing
Description of tenure options:
Hillrose Farms is seeking a full-time Farm Manager to oversee the inception and execution of a 15 acre farm plan. The diversified, long-term plan involves various stages of implementation and coordination with suppliers, labor, and management.
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
A permaculture concept plan has been designed for the farm manager to implement over the next 5 years. The design requires an experienced farmer who uses sustainable-management practices with diverse knowledge. The moderate slopes of the property also requires consideration of water drainage and soil retention.
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:
Hillrose Farms is situated on a 271-acre property on the eastern slope of Bellvale Mountain. The property slopes up from Bellvale Lakes Road, with a rise of more than 700 feet at the ridgeline. Sweeping views to the west of farmlands in the valley below can be seen from several aspects. At the top of the slope, Appalachian Trail Conservancy land abuts the property to the east, where the Trail traverses the ridgeline.
Once operational, Hillrose will provide exclusive, limited capacity experiences to connect and educate visitors to the local community in a beautiful, functioning setting in the Hudson Valley.
Working farm with orchard, pasture land, garden, and maple syrup production.
Agritourism with farm tours and educational experiences.
Cabins for farmstays, vacations, and hiking.
Boutique hotel that services the Warwick area.
Event spaces to cater to private events, such as weddings, galas, and corporate events.
Farmstand and café selling direct to consumers.
New road access and water and electrical utilities will be installed in the first year. Once the farm operation is underway, the new business operations for farmstays and events will commence throughout the entire property.