Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
Pinehurst Farm is a 414-acre farm located near Springfield Center in Otsego County, New York. At the head of Otsego Lake, the farm offers rich soil, beautiful views, and an extensive amount of tillable acreage. The farm has been owned and managed by our family since 1888 and the current dairy farmer, a non-organic operation, has leased the land since the 1980s. In the spring of 2020 we are looking for a new farmer to take over the lease.
Our core principles for the farm are the following:
Ensure the long-term environmental health of the land and lake through preserving and enriching the soil, managing stormwater run-off, and engaging in best practices related to fertilizer and pesticide use.
Create a diversified farm management plan, that does not solely rely on dairy (if at all). We are open to creative ideas, including new crops, renting only part of the land/barns, or adapting the barns for other uses, as long the uses value environmental stewardship.
Conserve and heighten the beauty of the land
We understand that the most critical item for ensuring the long term success of the farm is to find the right farmer. To that end, once we find a potential renter, we are happy to work with the farmer to help build a sustainable business plan and set guidelines for the standards of care and management structure. We hope to facilitate the farmer’s success as much as find an excellent steward for our land.
5 barns, including 70-head milking barn. Most built at the turn of the century and in need of renovations.
Farmhouse: The farmhouse is currently undergoing a gut renovation
Seasonal Rental: This duplex is currently rented during the summer . Each apartment has 2-3 bedrooms and one bathroom. If desired, this house could be made available to the farmer.
168 Acres of Tillable land
Roughly 36 Acres of Pastureland
21 Acres leased to golf course (for $1/yr)
150 Acres of forest, which is actively being logged by the family. The area is open for the farmer to use, but not for the farmer to log.
2 creeks, one of which has a large riparian zone.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
The land was first converted into a farm in 1888 by Henry Lansing Wardwell. He transformed the property into a horse and sheep farm, with a race course, and golf course (many of his descendents still visit the area). In the 1950s the land was transitioned into a dairy farm. It has been farmed by the same dairy farmer since the 1980s. He currently has over 100 cows and 168 acres of tillable land (mostly in corn).
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
- Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
- Farmer housing
- Electrical Access
Water access description:
Drilled well water (5-10 gal/min) currently feeds Farmhouse and Milking and Heifer Barn. There is also a spring fed 35,000 Gal Concrete cistern that is currently disconnected from the water system (please see diagram in the attached pdf).
5 barns, including a 70-head milking barn. Most of the barns were built at the turn of the century and are in need of renovations.
The dairy barn is approximately 175’ x 38’. While the barn is in working condition, and currently passes state inspections, the facilities are in need of an upgrade to continue as a dairy farm.
The four other barns are used for livestock/storage. There is roughly 8700 SF for equipment storage and 4200 SF for livestock.
Farmer housing description:
The farmhouse is approximately 2500 SF and is currently undergoing a gut renovation. When finished it will have all new appliances, paint, etc. We are open to renting the land without the farmhouse.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
While the land is currently being used for a dairly farm, we would like to find a farmer who can create a diversified farm management plan, that does not solely rely on dairy (if at all). We are open to creative ideas, including new crops, renting only part of the land/barns, or adapting the barns for other uses, as long the uses value environmental stewardship.
Price for lease per acre:
Pastureland = $15-20/acre, Cropland = $30-50/acre
Description of tenure options:
The lease terms will begin with a 5-year lease, renewable every year, followed by the option of a long term lease (up to 30 years) if all parties are happy.
Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
Our ultimate goal is to ensure the long-term environmental health of the land and lake through preserving and enriching the soil, managing stormwater run-off, and engaging in best practices related to fertilizer and pesticide use. We are open to NOFA certified or NOFA ‘Farmer’s Pledge or even an environmentally sensitive management plan (that limits the use of fertilizers/pesticides on the land). We would like to have a conversation with interested farmers on what method they think is best and why.
Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?:
Are you willing to have the public on the property as a part of the farm business?:
Any additional information about this property:
Please find a full history of the property along with maps and photos in the attached pdf.