East Berne, NY, Albany County
Open Tillable Acres
Wooded (or other) Acres
Condition & Current Use
A beautiful 101.15 acre Holistically managed diversified Pasture-based farm with rolling hills spread over a large rectangular lot encompassing both sides of the road. Just 30 minutes to the Capital District and many area markets. Horticulture Zone 4/5. Sustainable Agricultural practices, great organic potential!
The property dates to the 1700s and today is an excellent grass-based operation for grazing any type of livestock - beef, sheep, alpaca, llama, goats, turkeys, geese, ducks, hens and guineas. Ethnic market nearby for poultry and goats, especially.
Plenty of opportunities, well-drained soils throughout, excellent soil on the south section near the creek. Soil Ph is very good throughout, the seed bank is more than sufficient. Currently used for pasturing sheep, horses, chickens, some wooded. Pasture reclamation continues with planned pasture intensive rotational grazing. Sites for ponds. Kitchen garden and lovely older apple trees - mac, yellow delicious, the wonderful and rare northern spy and sheep's nose; plum trees; pear tree; peach tree - produced over 2 bushel peaches 2020, also naturalized elderberries. Many plants for herbal remedies.
Not suitable for large scale produce, etc. Current garden can be enlarged for supplemental sales.
Gorgeous views, beautiful sunrises, and sunsets, lots of rainbows, quiet, private setting, southern exposure, fresh, hilltown air. Agricultural exemption, Albany Co. Ag District, combined taxes are $5,700 with exemptions. Close to area lakes, restaurants, local hardware, post-office, churches, and convenience/gas store. Four miles from doctor's office, transfer station, Berne-Knox-Westerlo school with FFA program, Cooperative Extension is less than 20 minutes, 4-H office, and Town library. There are multiple Farmer's Markets in the area. Our operation was host to public and private tours, including by request of Cornell Cooperative Extension staff, as our regenerative practices and Holistic Management practices are of great interest.
Located in one of the few remaining agricultural areas, this is a rural, country farm and will be sold as a farm. Photos show what we have produced. Currently grazing flock of 80 sheep, 2 cows, broilers, turkeys and laying hens.
Property includes perimeter Fencing on two pasture areas, totaling 5.23 acres. One of these has divisional fencing. A third, larger pasture area, currently has high tensile divisional only, is 11.3 acres, funded through EQIP grant.
Original 1800's farmhouse, great opportunity for renovation for use as a farm shop or vacation or hunting rental, B&B? Additional shed on the south section. 1600' /- road frontage, both sides of the road. Foxenkill Creek on southern line, 3 seasonal streams, springs, rolling hills of hay, wooded areas, pond, trails. Private cemetery dates to the late 1700s. There's an old foundation on the southern portion along the creek.
Farm business plan encouraged.
Farm History & Past Use
Formerly a dairy farm through the 1960's. Since then, mostly hay, and corn and oats were rotationally grown. Upon our purchase in 2007 we began rotationally pasturing and raise lamb, mutton, pork, poultry and eggs through our holistic, regenerative ag management practices. We sell product on farm, deliver, at markets and at an annual Fiber Festival (from our sheep). Additionally the property has been part of an annual local farm and artisan tour in September.
For sale OR looking to mentor starting farmers by providing space and our knowledge and skills in exchange for assistance. We are relocating our operation out of state. However, there is also potential in an individual, willing to take on the Farm Management for him. Details of the arrangement will be separate from sale of property.
Sale Price or Estimated Market Value
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 75 + sheep through rotational grazing in our regenerative ag program. We have run up to 150+ laying hens. Two family cows. We have raised up to 25 Turkeys/yr and could do more, 100 broilers and could do more, up to 600 guinea fowl, up to 12 hogs and could do more. NOTE: Due to slopes and hills, most fields are best suited to pasture or hay. Family garden and orchard/fruit is possible.
Preferred Farming Method
On site fences are board, page wire, horse wire, high tencile and electric netting is utilized during the pasture season.
Well and a stream. Hydrant at the barn. Two dug wells on the property also.
Barns for Livestock
2007 Morton barn, 36 x 60 with 4 stalls -
- Priefert fronts,
- 2 stalls have mats;
- removable walls for foaling/calving;
- large pen, or room for 2 more stalls;
- storage room, tack, and feed room areas,
- attached full-length run-in shed and hay storage above;
- 6 paddocks, 2 with sheds.
- Shed at the driveway for handling on-farm product sales.
Exceptional 2010 3 Bedroom, 2 full bath custom modular ranch by Manorwood Homes
- set off the road,
- 1762 sq/ft.
- attic and full, walkout basement with area for future cold storage;
- double hung window upgrade with screens throughout.
- Large southern facing windows provide passive solar benefits.
- Excellent opportunity for solar installation as well!
Master Bed suite with
- walk-in closet,
- w/w carpet,
- large windows;
- full bath includes a roomy shower, large mirrors, and garden tub.
Second full bath with a custom oak cabinet.
Living room/parlor with w/w carpet and picture window with side sliders - total 8' window.
Front entry with sidelight and closet, arched doorways to adjoining rooms.
Carpeted family room with ceiling fan, large windows, open to kitchen and dining area with sliding glass door off dining area -- great for entertaining.
- large island with cabinets/drawers and outlet;
- custom maple cabinets w/ full extension drawers;
- bump-out sink;
- appliances --microwave, LP 5 burner professional range with swap-out griddle and convection oven and warming drawer; newer dishwasher; French door refrigerator with ice/water; recessed lighting with LED bulbs.
Laundry/mud room with
- front load washer,
- electric dryer
- LP or electric dryer hookup;
- custom maple cabinets and deep utility sink.
Propane hot air furnace with humidifier = ~ $1,200/year for propane (heat, dryer, cooking use), electric hot water plumbed for LP. A/C ready. Yotul "Castine" model woodstove included, located in the living area, heats the home well. Entry lights were custom positioned on the hinge side to reduce insects near the entry side of doors.
Drilled well 136' deep with 20+ gals/min water servicing house and barns; another approx. 400' deep and 4 gals/min approved for use in the pasture water system (see below grant information); private septic. Also, 2 older dug wells on the property.
Additional Property Information
Is the Property Conserved
Current Land Zoning
Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?
Can the public be on the property as a part of the farm business?
Additional Information About This Property
COVID UPDATE: We are able to show you the barn and property at this time, and if they are deemed suitable to your farming needs, we will then provide a video walk-through of the home.
Sale contingent on allowing time for current farmer to acquire farm property and relocate personal property/livestock. Options available.
FREE with farm purchase if desired - Laying hens, with delivery route, customer base, feeders and electric poultry netting with charger.
Also available for pro-rated purchase if desired:
Pre-paid products with customers committed for 2023 - These include hogs already ordered for 2023/24. May include Turkeys.
As we are a working farm, we appreciate your patience while we respond to your inquiry.
- Please respect our job responsibilities
- Property will be shown by APPOINTMENT ONLY - no drop-ins please!
- Please be prompt.
- Minimum 48 hour notice.
- Clean boots/shoes for biosecurity purposes.
- PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB OUR LIVESTOCK OR LIVESTOCK GUARDIANS - please leave pets at home, dogs will not be allowed under any circumstances. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Developers need not inquire, thank you.
Farm name is NOT included in sale.
Contact owner, [email protected] or (518) 872-9081