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Property Location
595 Franklin Heights Road, Franklin, NY
[Delaware County]
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73 acres available
62 open acres for farming
11 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

Silt loam

Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):

Northstar Farm in the Western Catskills is seeking a passionate steward of the land to manage our 62 acres agroforestry system.

The manager will be responsible for managing the diverse organic production, consisting of 18 acres of mature blueberry bushes (mechanically harvested and packed using automated packing line), 20 acres of chestnuts and 80 trees orchard. The latter two recently planted, and won’t be producing in the near future. 

Responsibilities will touch on all aspects of farm operations, including: planning, planting, pruning, weeding, mulching, pest management, harvest and post-harvest, light landscaping etc. The manager will be required to supervise staff (3-4 seasonal workers during blueberry harvest), manage the various aspects of farm operation, and will work closely with the owner, who will be responsible for blueberry sales and marketing. 

Together, the owner and farm manager team, will dream and execute on the vision of creating a silvopasture oasis and productive diverse farm operation on what was once a cattle farm.

Farm history / past uses of the property:

Cattle farm.

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • Fencing
  • Water access
  • Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
  • Farmer housing
  • Electrical Access

Fencing description:

Deer fencing around all three blueberry fields and the orchard. Tree guards protect the newly planted chestnut trees.

Water access description:

Irrigation pond and drip orrogation system for blueberry bushes, orchard and potential veggie/fresh cut flower patch.

Barns/structures description:

One existing barn on the property serves as the owners home and a packing house for the blueberries with walk in cooler. An additional structure is in planning phase and will include a unit for farm manager to live on property. 

Farmer housing description:

We will priovide stipend for housing nearby until the farm manager unit will be built.

Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Vegetables, Fruits, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Types of livestock permitted on the property:

Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Farm Management, Partnership

Description of tenure options:

We are open to discuss different tenure models. The farm manager's success will be our success and vice versa, open for base salary plus profit share or a scaled equity model for the right candidate. 

Additional Information

Conservation status:

Yes

Current land zoning:

Agricultural

Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:

Yes

Preferred farming method:

Organic (certified)

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

We prefer to use regenerative farm practices, organic certification is a plus but not arequirement.

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?:

Negotiable

Are you willing to have the public on the property as a part of the farm business?:

Yes