Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
Nemeth Farm is part of a larger farmland access project, spearheaded by neighboring Windfall Farms, GrowNYC, Equity Trust, and conservation partners Orange County Land Trust and Scenic Hudson. In addition to the 72 acres of Nemeth Farm, additional acreage may be available at Windfall Farms and on other neighboring parcels. Nemeth Farm is currently vacant. It was cut for hay and mowed in the 2019 season. There are several 2-5ac fields with southeastern slopes, as well as a few smaller plots. See attached map. The highest fields offer outstanding views of Schunemunk Mountain and the Hudson Highlands to the east. A large wetland hugs the driveway. The property is subject to conservation easement. See attached map. Located on a rural road in Orange County, just 90 minutes from New York City, the farm offers an unprecedented access to markets. Neighboring farmers may offer opportunity for support, mentoring, and collaboration. The existing farmstead structures (house, barn, silo) are derelict and cannot be rented.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
Nemeth Farm is emblematic of Orange County’s 19th century history as the main dairy supply for New York City. The farm consists of one central farmstead, surrounded by fields for hay / pasture. It is bisected by an active freight rail line, which was first used to transport milk tankers. There are two farm road crossings maintained by the railroad. The farm was in the Nemeth family since 1963, operated as a dairy until 1987. Fields have been in hay production for 30 years, but more recently there have been honey bees, oats, and quail enterprises on the property. In 2018, Nemeth Farm was spared from industrial development by a coalition of farmers, neighbors, non-profit organizations, and land trusts. See attached articles.
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:
Water and electric are accessible from barn. Due to the active railroad, full irrigation of the high fields may require substantial improvement.
Machine shed, garage, and milk parlor / office are suitable for use. Barn and silo are derelict- they cannot be leased without substantial rehabilitation. Barn was built in 1910 and qualifies for the Historic Barn Rehabilitation Tax Credit.
Farmer housing description:
House is also derelict- it cannot be leased without substantial rehabilitation. Originally owned by Colonel Francis Barber, a trusted officer of George Washington during the Revolutionary War, the farmhouse is composed of two sections, built in 1759 and 1801. Specs: 3,500 sq.ft. / 4BR / 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 :
Any. Slope benefits vegetables, fruits, small grains. While flowers and ornamentals may be cultivated, the production must be majority food / fiber. Great scale for small ruminants.
Description of tenure options:
Lease term for 2020 and 2021 seasons. Opportunity for longer tenure beginning 2022 season.
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
Nemeth Farm is subject to conservation easement and additional production restrictions: no pesticides, no herbicides, no fungicides, and no synthetic fertilizers. Limited exceptions apply, but production must at least comply with USDA Organic.