Johnsonville, NY, Rensselaer County
Open Tillable Acres
Wooded (or other) Acres
Condition & Current Use
This 5th generation farm is currently being farmer with regenerative practices. Until 2018, Otter Creek Farm was a conventional dairy milking 90 cows at its peak. Since 2018, the farm has adopted regenerative practices using a herd of grass-fed beef to help restore the land. As well, the farm has utilized NRCS funds and multiple grants to convert 100 acres of existing corn ground into perennial crops using cover cropping and no-till drill. By the end of 2023 there will be 100 acres of perimeter fence and gravity fed water to support rotationally grazing the cows or other animals. The farm has many existing structures including the main barn, an open steel barn with cattle sorting, feeding and handling facility and a free stall barn. All these building are connected by a concrete barnyard. There is also a 60x 80 hay storage barn.
Our pastures and hay lands have not had chemical fertilizer in 10 years and over the past 4 years our cattle have been grazed over all open land at least 1x per year if not more. The soil biology has increased in those three years and is primed for increased resiliency and health.
At this time, this family farm is looking for the next generation. We are open to a creative solution to provide land access to another regenerative farmer/ farm couple. Ideally, this would be a long term lease. We are looking for a serious, experienced and committed person(s) to continue regenerating this land into the future.
Are you willing to mentor a new or beginning farmer?
Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?
Livestock / Crops Description
We currently run a 40 head Cow/Calf operation, Hay enterprise and Farm stay. On an seasonal basis we raise 4-6 pastured pigs, 50-100 pastured meat birds, 6 sheep and 35 laying hens for CSA style meat sales.
Complimentary enterprises like vegetables or expansion of the seasonal enterprises are welcome. Most ideally would be a Grassfed Beef Finishing operator to help expand the herd and positive impact the cows have provided.
Preferred Farming Method
We have tractors large and small. Some old and some newer to meet every need we have had to date. We own a skid steer, 4-wheeler and side x side which all help with operations.
We have 100 acres of 3 strand high tensile wire fencing and enough temporary fence (poly wire and step-ins) to graze 40 acres.
We have two wells both with solar powered pumps to feed a gravity fed water system to 100 acres. As well, there is a geothermal waterer for winter water on 50 acres. The other 50 acres could have winter water with very little added infrastructure/costs.
Barns for Livestock
The farm has many existing structures including the main barn (dairy barn with tie stall and 8 cow parlor), an open steel barn with cattle sorting, feeding and handling facility and a free stall barn. All these building are connected by a concrete barnyard.
Barns for Equipment/Storage
There is a 60x80 Storage barn as well as 30x60 pole barn for equipment or hay storage.
Currently there is a new (2023) 2 bedroom/2 bath mobile home. When/if neighboring houses come on the market then there will be better options.
Additional Property Information
At this time we are not interested in any form of tillage for crop production nor do we want to limit any of the remaining open space we have. We would like any operation or enterprise to complement what is already going on here. The town is very restrictive to non-agricultural uses and even somewhat towards ag use.