Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
Property is currently used for rotational grazing of a few cows and sheep. You would be free to determine how you would use the property.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
At least part of the property was hayed until 2015 when the animals began grazing on it. It is about half pasture and half wooded. I believe the woods were thinned 20 or 30 years ago.
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
- Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
- Farmer housing
- Electrical Access
Water access description:
There is a well which is fine for animals and the house. There is no infrastructure in place for irrigation. The soil holds water well and is on a slope so it is well drained. I may drill a well at the top of the property to gravity feed down the slope. Water is easy to find in this area. There is a small spring that surfaces at the top of the property and at the bottom in two places. I suspect any of those could be made into a pond. There are small year round ponds in the woods from an old shale excavation operation. They always have water in them, but might not be big enough to use for irrigation. I do not know how fast they would replenish.
30x96 green house is currently used to allow shelter for animals in the winter. A couple of small sheds are used for pigs and chickens, but could be used for storage.
Farmer housing description:
I do not have seperate housing, but have been hosting WWOOFers for the past 18 months and would be willing to allow someone to stay in the house for a period to give them the opportunity to find other suitable accomodations or put a camper, yurt, tiny house or other structure on the property. The house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen, living room, family room, dining room, and front room.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
I currently have a few cows and sheep that are rotationally grazed on the property. I am amenable to handing most of that operation over or selling the current animals to make room for a new business. There are also two tents on the property that I rent out. I put one up at the end of the summer of 2017 and it did rather well for its first year. I am now an Airbnb superhost! I have put up a second tent and have room for two more in locations what would allow total privacy from each other and views for all. My Tent on Airbnb.
Currently there are:
3 dairy cows, mix of holstein or Jersey. One calved on Labor day 2017 and the other two calved in February and March of 2018.
6 Cotswold ewes and one ram
a mix of laying hens about 30
Any of these operations could be easily expanded by not selling offspring or by purchasing more. The land can accomodate more animals, but my schedule cannot. I am also open to market gardens, greenhouses, etc. My small operation is flexible and negotiable for anyone wanting to take over and expand it or use the land for other operations.
Description of tenure options:
I am looking for a short or long term lease or partnership but am open to creative ideas.
There are thriving markets in the area and successful CSAs so people are educated about local food and many are very interested. We are lucky! I work full time and am not willing to leave my job so more than what I am doing is not feasible with out help. I hosted 6 WWOOFers last year and it has been an amazing experience and very helpful. I am now caught up with fencing and have a new chicken tractor built by one of the WWOOFers! Ideally someone would come in and take over the farming. I would be glad to allow someone to take over and keep any revenue from sale of animals or meat and/or do their own thing seperate from what currently exists. I have no issue sharing the house with someone while they settle in. The house has a living room and a family room along with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, etc. So easy to share for a while. There are many properties around here that are affordable and nearby so it would not take long to find a rental. Building on the property is not out of the question either.
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
I am not interested in having a lot of chemicals on the property. Organically certified pesticides, fertilizers etc. would be fine. The property is zoned agricultural and there are no restrictions on what animals we can have.
The nearest neighbor is 1/4 mile away and there are only three year-round residences on the road. Nothing within eyeshot which is nice.
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:
There is an amazing view. There are 2 small ponds on the property in the woods from removal of red shale that was used for dye at one point in time. They are small and pretty, but probably not of use other than to allow the pigs to wet themselves occasionally. Water is easy to find anywhere on the property. An additional well would be easy to do and I am willing. There are 3 springs on the property. It is about 1/2 woods with some oak and other nut trees in with the pine and beech etc. Pigs roam and eat acorns in the fall. The farm faces south and the fields slope to the south so the snow melts quickly and the soil warms quickly in the spring. I am on a dirt road, but it might be a nice place for Christmas trees or other ventures that have customers come to the farm seasonally. It is peaceful and lovely here.
The farm is about 30 minutes from Saratoga Springs and 40 minutes from Troy, both of which have thriving farmer's markets. We are also within an hour of Manchester, 30 minutes from Bennington, and 30 from lake George, NY. There are other markets here as well. It is 3.5 hours from NYC green markets.