Gilboa, NY, Schoharie County
Open Tillable Acres
Wooded (or other) Acres
Condition & Current Use
Rosidae Farm is a 165.5-acre historic dairy located in Schoharie County approximately 10 minutes from the Village of Stamford. The property has been protected under an agricultural conservation easement since 2004 and holds organic-regenerative farming as its foundational goal for future management.
In 2021, Rosidae became one of the first farms to trial burgundy truffles on a commercial scale in New York State. While the 6 acre orchard will be managed separately and not included in the scope of the lease, a willingness to collaborate on a shared vision is encouraged. The truffle team is a combination of the farm owners and steward who will act as the local point person and mentor, if needed. The remaining acreage of the farm is included in the lease opportunity.
The lease includes a fully renovated single-family residence, 25-acre production field, 10-acre pasture and up to ~90 wooded acres suitable for agroforestry. The use areas and total acreage included under the agreement can vary based on the operational needs of the farmer.
The 25-acre production field is located on an adjacent side road and visible from the house. It has a SSW facing slope and is currently managed for hay. There is a stable access point and a drainage ditch along the upper boundary for sheet flow diversion. There is no ag infrastructure or irrigation/electric currently accessible to this field.
Soil: The two predominant types are 9 acres of Mardin channery silt loam (McC3) at 8-15% slopes and 9 acres of Volusia channery silt loam (VcC) at 8-15% slopes. The remaining acres are a combination of Chippewa, Mardin and Volusia at various slopes.
The 10-acre pasture is located immediate across the street from the house and accessible by the historic dairy barn. It has a .6 acre pond and a small, perennial watercourse that is currently accessible to animals. The perimeter fence is old barbed wire (out of lifespan). There is animal and equipment access to the lower level of the dairy barn that is still in original condition (no utilities or upgrades have been added).
Soil: 95% Vannery channery silt loam (VcB) at 3-8% slopes.
The wooded acres are highly variable and productive habitats. There is a combination of fallowed meadow (goldenrod, high bush blueberry and white pine), mixed hardwood, hemlock and wetlands. There is limited timber value and not a near-term goal of the farm. The Mine Kill stream separates this section of property with no vehicle, equipment or utility access currently in place. There are suitable conditions for shiitake production and potentially silvopasture, ginseng, goldenseal, cohosh and other wild edibles.
Soil: Variable. The predominant is 50% Volusia, Morris and Erie soils at 0-15% slopes, very stony.
Farm History & Past Use
The 25-acre production field has been primarily used for hay and some corn in the past. ~4 acres were successfully cultivated for an organic garlic trial in 2022, otherwise hay has been the sole crop in recent years with no herbicide or fertilizer application.
The 10-acre pasture had been a continuous grazing area for the historic dairy, which has not operated in many years. More recent practices include seasonal dry cow and heifer grazing from a local farm without rotation.
The wooded areas were used a combination of timber and historical pastures, marked by old stones walls. There has been no notable activity in at least 10 years.
The lease term and rates are negotiable, but would ideally be a fixed, multi-year.
An ideal candidate would be an experienced or aspiring professional seeking a multi-year agreement that is based on high quality stewardship and mutual respect for both people and land. Previous work as a farmer, good communication skills and a positive attitude are highly desirable.
The structure and terms of the lease will be based, in part, on the operational goals and alignment with the Rosidae vision.
Are you willing to mentor a new or beginning farmer?
Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?
Livestock / Crops Description
Most crops and livestock operations can be considered. The tenant will be required to submit a management plan as part of the agreement process to ensure practices align with the overarching farm goals. The farm does not have any certifications in place, although organic can be supported.
Preferred Farming Method
Barns for Equipment/Storage
Agricultural structures include a 30-40 cow historic dairy barn and machine shed. These buildings have not been improved and would require both operational and safety upgrades for active use.
There are no other structures on site.
Fully renovated greek revival farmhouse with ample living space, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and basement with a washer/dryer. The house has propane fueled radiant heating, fully operational well & septic, WiFi and upgraded electric.
Additional Property Information
The entire property is protected under an agricultural conservation easement held by the Schoharie Land Trust. Agricultural uses are both permitted and encouraged, but improvements/infrastructure will require review before approval to ensure stewardship activities align with the easement terms.
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
Please email [email protected] for more information on the farm and search process.