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Property Location
Otter Creek Rd, Johnsonville, NY
[Rensselaer County]
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10 acres available
10 open acres for farming
140 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

Prime and soils of statewide significance! Please view soil map attached at the bottom of this profile.

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

We are seeking a complementary vegetable or flower grower to rent 1 to 10 acres and a tenant home on the property.

Otter Creek Farm is located on 440 acres near the Tomhannock Reservoir in Rensselaer County, NY. Situated an hour south of the Adirondack State Park within 35 miles of Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy, NY and Bennington, VT.  There are 200 tillable, 100 pasture and 140 wooded acre on a mixture of prime and statewide importance soils. 

The farm has been operated as a conventional dairy since 1937.  Dairy production ceased in February 2018 and is transitioning to provide the infrastructure to support new agricultural enterprises.

240 acres include:

  • 70 acres for corn production  
  • 90 acres of hay production
  • 80 acres land rental for livestock and hay production
  • 100 acres of woods

In 2019, the owners will be starting a grassfed beef operation as well as small scale (home use) production of pigs, layers, broilers and family milk cow. 

 

Farm Infrastructure

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:

The Otter Creek runs through the property along with 2 ponds near the house and property for rent.  There is an 80ft gravel well for the house and acreage. We would be willing to invest in a watering system or other infrastructure as needed.

Barns/structures description:

There are currently no structures available to rent except space for equipment storage. We would be willing to cost share or build/ rent needed infrastructure.

Farmer housing description:

The tenant house is a 2 bedroom/ 1 bath with a large eat in kitchen.  There is a living room, seasonal porch and 2 car garage.  The house is heated by oil and/or pellet stove and utlilities are not included in the rent.  The house is in good repair but could use some TLC to look/ feel like a home.

Equipment description:

There are tractors and a skid steer on the farm but are for hire only.

 

Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals

Livestock/crops description :

We are seeking a complementary vegetable or flower grower to rent 1 to 10 acres and a tenant home on the property.  We are open to discussion.

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

For Lease, Partnership

Price for lease per acre:

Based on tenant house rental and # of acres needed

Description of tenure options:

We are looking for a long-term lease that will benefit both parties.  The land has been in the family for 150 years so there will be no option to buy but owners are willing to negotiate a longer term lease after the first few years.

 

Additional Information

Conservation status:

In Progress

Current land zoning:

Agricultural

Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:

Yes

Preferred farming method:

Organic (not certified)

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

We are transitioning our farm from conventional crop/ dairy using regenrative practices.  We understand the vacilating market demands of organic/ biodynamic so do not require certification but would like to see practices adhered to growing.  We would support any farmer trying to gain certification as well.

Pittstown is a Right to Farm town.

There are no concerns from the neighbors other than we are the neighbors.  We keep a tidy farm and present our farm/ house with pride.  We would expect others to do the same.

 

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

No

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

Yes

Any additional information about this property:

We believe this could be a great opportunity for a farmer looking to move a start-up or existing business to move to a more permenant location with long-term benefits.  Our own farm enterprises and markets may be an additional resource.  We believe in healthy food and community and want to create a place for others to enjoy.