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Property Location
450 Long Road, East Berne, NY
[Albany County]
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101 acres available
55 open acres for farming
45 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):

101.15 acres Holistically managed diverse farm, just 30 minutes to the Capital District and many area markets.  Horticulture Zone 4/5. Sustainable Agricultural practices have and continue to be, used.  Great organic potential!  Do what we do, or bring or start your own product focus.

An excellent grass-based operation for grazing any type of livestock - beef, sheep, alpaca, llama, goats, turkeys, geese, ducks, hens horses, and guineas.  Ethnic market nearby for poultry and goats, especially.  

Foxenkill Creek on southern line, 3 seasonal streams, springs, rolling hills of hay, wooded areas, pond, trails.  Private cemetery dates to the late 1700s.   Foundation on southern portion along the Foxenkill creek.
Plenty of opportunities, well-drained soils, excellent soil on 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, for hay, some wooded, some tilled/tillable. Pasture reclamation continues with planned pasture intensive rotational grazing. Sites for ponds. Kitchen garden. Lovely older apple trees - mac, yellow delicious, the wonderful and rare northern spy and a small red delicious style; plum tree; pear tree; peach tree, also wild raspberries, blackberries and naturalized elderberries and 2 blueberry bushes.  Layout/topography not especially suited for a large vegetable operation, but enough for part of a diverse operation.
A variety of ecosystems provide an abundance of enjoyable wildlife, some trails are completed and layout provides for excellent out-door recreation such as bird-watching, hiking, skiing, horse-back riding, sleighing and snow-shoeing. 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 approximately $5,500 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.   Two Farmer's Markets currently utilized.  Our operation has been 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 value.  Contact Tom Gallagher, livestock specialist for further information on this property and soils.  (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.  

NOTE: property includes perimeter and divisional high tensile fencing on 3 pasture areas, funded through EQIP grant.  Additional funds applied for to install further field perimeter fencing. 

Price: REDUCED to $419,900.00 

portable poultry coops, feeders, waterers  can be included if still available

Starter flock of rare Herdwick sheep available if desired

As you visit, please respect our farm responsibilities - no drop-ins, please! 
PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB OUR LIVESTOCK OR LIVESTOCK GUARDIANS with your dogs - please leave pets at home when viewing, dogs are not allowed.

Farm history/past uses of the property: Circa 1729

Formerly a dairy farm through the 1960's.  Since then, mostly hay, corn and oats were rotationally grown.  Upon our purchase in 2007 we began intensive rotational grazing with multi-species, raising lamb, mutton, pork, poultry, and eggs.

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.  Some board fencing.  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 by Springtime; 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:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

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. 

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Farm Management, For Sale

Sale price or estimated market value:

Reduced to $419,900

Description of tenure options:

We are looking to relocate out of state, so a sale is required.  We do have someone interested in purchasing if they can locate a farmer to manage for them, or to lease it.  Contact us if interested in any of these.

Additional Information

Current land zoning:


Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:


Preferred farming method:

Organic (not certified)

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

We just prefer someone serious about farm business get our wonderful, productive property and continue with regenerative and other alternative methods.  In the end, we need to sell, and merely prefer selling to a farmer.


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:

More photos to view on our website.  www.helderherdwyckfarm.com