Otter Creek Farm

Johnsonville, NY, Rensselaer County

For Lease Business Partnership Farm Management Cooperative Model Other Tenure Agreement
Updated Jul 7, 2023

Acres Available

450

Open Tillable Acres

250

Wooded (or other) Acres

200

Infrastructure

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  • black outline barn with silo icon Barns - Livestock
  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
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Crops Permitted

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline hay icon Hay
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Livestock Permitted

  • black outline cow icon Cattle - Beef
  • black outline dairy icon Cattle - Dairy
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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.

Soil Types

Tenure Options

Tenure Options

For Lease Business Partnership Farm Management Cooperative Model Other Tenure Agreement

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?

Yes

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?

No

Production Preferences

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.

Crops Permitted

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline hay icon Hay
  • black outline maple icon Maple

Livestock Permitted

  • black outline cow icon Cattle - Beef
  • black outline dairy icon Cattle - Dairy
  • Black outline of a sheep Goats/Sheep
  • Black outline of a pig Pigs
  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry

Preferred Farming Method

Organic (not certified) Regenerative/Sustainable

Farm Infrastructure

  • black outline barn icon Barns - Equipment Storage
  • black outline barn with silo icon Barns - Livestock
  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • black outline tractor icon Equipment
  • black outline house icon Farmer housing
  • Black outline of a fence Fencing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

Equipment

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.

Fencing

We have 100 acres of 3 strand high tensile wire fencing and enough temporary fence (poly wire and step-ins) to graze 40 acres.

Water Access

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.

Farmer Housing

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.

Is the Property Conserved

Yes

Current Land Zoning

Agricultural

Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?

Yes

Can the public be on the property as a part of the farm business?

Yes

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