Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
This 26 acre part pasture, part wood property was formerly a horse boarding ranch. We bought the property a month ago and are raising some chickens and goats. We are letting the pastures grow to soak up all the horse manure and letting it turn into carbon. According to USDA soil survey, about 2.5 acres of it is considered prime farm land, indeed the pasture grows the tallest there and it is the part of the property most accessible to a major road, state route 213. There is one other roughly 3 acre pasture that is slightly rockier but not too bad. The other 5 acres of pasture hardly has any top soil. There are 3 ponds on the property, but all located at the lowest elevation, and are suffering from eutropohication due to all the horses. There are 2 decent sized barns on the property, they are very old. My wife and I are so happy to be in such a beautiful place, but it would be impossible for us to farm even a small portion of it. We are not very experienced but very enthusiastic about permaculture and organic market farming. We also have non farm related jobs that we do from home. I write and my wife is a designer who created DIY tofu kit and workshop in Berlin. We would like to partner with more experienced growers to put the land to good use. I'm not sure exactly what the conservation easement on the property allows us to do, but nature friendly farming is most definitely okay. Please let me know if you are interested in leasing/partnering in a farm venture.
Speaking specifically about the 2.5 acres that might be good for vegetable production, there is water access and a electric horse fence (which won't be of any use most likely). There is a huge barn for storage and processing but it is about 300 meters from the prime land. So we would probably need to construct some sort of a farm building. Electric access shouldn't be a problem.... this is as much as I can think of at the moment, let's talk details later.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
This farm was a horse range for the past decade or so. The man who originally bought the land is our neighbor. He and his wife are very supportive of regenerative agriculture uses. Our other neighbor is a weekender. None of us can really see or hear each other.
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
- Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
- Electrical Access
Water access description:
Frost free hydrant pumped through the main house pump most likely. Also a recently created stream that could be redirected and a large, deep pond fed from spring water that could be pumped.
1 5000sqft 2 story barn, bottom floor houses animals and top floor more suitable for processing or events or farm store. Bar #2 is about 2000sq ft sectioned into 3 rooms. Of course, plenty of storage.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Description of tenure options:
We do not plan on selling or parceling out the land but we would like to enter into a business relationship with life long farmers, so something like a 10-20 year lease and involvement in the farm business.
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
We would love to make this operation as agrotourism friendly as possible.
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:
Please look up 1626 route 213, ulster park, NY https://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/WebSoilSurvey.aspx