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Property Location
450 Long Road, East Berne, NY
[Albany County]
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101 acres available
60 open acres for farming
40 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

NuB Nunda silt loam, 3 to 8 percent slopes 26.07 32.7% 2 67.0 NuC Nunda silt loam, 8 to 15 percent slopes 22.09 27.7% 3 63.5 BuB Burdett silt loam, 3 to 8 percent slopes 14.13 17.7% 3 62.9 NuD Nunda silt loam, 15 to 25 percent slopes 12.42 15.6% 4 54.8 I

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

A beautiful 101.15 acre Holistically managed diversified Pasture-based farm with rolling hills, 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.
 
2007 Morton barn, 36 x 60 with 4 stalls - Priefert fronts, 2 with 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 a "store".
 
Exceptional 2010 3 Bedroom, 2 full bath custom modular ranch by Manorwood Homes set off the road, 1762 sq/ft. and 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.
 
Kitchen has 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; new 2015 French door refrigerator with ice/water; recessed lighting with LED bulbs.
 
Laundry/mud room with front load washer, 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 well136' 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.
 
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.
 
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 tree; 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 new FFA program, Cooperative Extension is less than 20 minutes, 4-H office, and Town library.   There are two Farmer's Markets currently utilized.  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.  Contact Tom Gallagher, livestock specialist for further information on this property.  (518) 765-3500.

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 sheep, 2 cows, 2 horses 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.  Installation of approved water line system to serve these pasture areas includes hydrants, troughs., AND;

Confirmed August 2020 - $50,000 grant to install perimeter 6 stand high tensile perimeter fencing on the 11.3 acre area mentioned above, plus 3 additional pasture areas, addingan additional 6.8, 4.5 and 2.5 acre paddocks.  This will bring the total fenced pasture acreage to over 30 acres.  Grant is transferable to new owner with livestock who follows NRCS prescribed grazing plans.

Farm business plan encouraged.

$474,900 

Farm history / past uses of the property:

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 managment 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.

Farm history / past uses of the property:

Originally a diversified, self-sufficient family farm, dating from the 1700s.  Prior to our operation, it had been a dairy through 1960s.  Then used primarily for hay.  We currently raise sheep, pork and poultry, have two family cows and 2 horses.

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

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

Fencing description:

Page wire/Horse wire, electric and high tensile.  We currently utilize portable solar-charged electric netting for rotating the flock through outer fields.  Additional high tensile perimeter fence to be installed via grant funds.  Transferable to new owners if pasturing.

Water access description:

Drilled well 136' deep with 20 gal/min water servicing house and barns;  a second approx. 400' deep and 4 gal/min approved for use in pasture water system being installed; private septic.  Also, 2 dug wells on property.
 

Barns/structures description:

2007 Morton barn, 36 x 60 with 4 stalls - Priefert fronts, 2 with mats; removable walls for foaling/calving; large pens, or room for 4 more stalls; storage room, tack, and feed room areas, attached full-length run-in shed and hay storage above that is expandable;  6 paddocks, 2 with sheds.  Shed at driveway for a "store".

Additional shed on the south section. 1600'  /- road frontage, both sides of the road.

Farmer housing description:

2010 Manorwood modular home.  3 Bedroom, 2 full bath custom modular ranch by Manorwood Homes set off the road, 1762 sq/ft. and attic and full, walkout basement with area for future cold storage; double-hung windows 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 roomy shower, large mirrors, and garden tub.
 
Second full bath with 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.
 
Kitchen has 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; new 2015 French door refrigerator with ice/water; recessed lighting with LED bulbs.
 
Laundry/mudroom with front load washer, 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.  
 

Equipment description:

Portable chicken coops and poultry cages available.  Feeders, waterers and electric poultry netting and lights.

Additional electric netting may be available.

Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Fruits, Hay

Types of livestock permitted on the property:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Livestock/crops description :

Suitable for any type of livestock.  Good markets for eggs, poultry, lamb, beef, pork, etc.  House garden could be expanded and a few of or portions of other fields utilized for produce or fruit production. As of Januraly, 2021 there are layers, chickens ordered, turkeys will be ordered, and piglets arrive mid March.  All available for prorated purchase, with deposits/committed customers.  This is guaranteed income for 2021!!

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

For Sale

Sale price or estimated market value:

$474,900

Description of tenure options:

We are relocating out of state, so a sale is required.

Additional Information

Current land zoning:

Agricultural

Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:

Yes

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

Located in an Agricultural District.  Excellent forage for pasture-based operation.  100 contiguous acres is hard to come by these days, and this is truly a gem.  We prefer a serious farmer, but, we do need to sell.

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?:

Negotiable