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. 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 chickens, but could be used for storage.
Farmer housing description:
I do not have seperate housing, but have been hosting WWOOFers for the past 2.5 years 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 :
By next summer, I plan to have a few chickens only. There are two tents on the property that I rent out for $70.00 per night per tent. 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 put up a second tent in mid summer of 2018 and that did equally well. I have room for two more in locations that would allow total privacy from each other and views for all. Here is one of My Tents on Airbnb. I cannot, however. take care of them all. I generally have a helper from the WWOOF USA program or HelpX here to help out.
I am planning to sell all of my animals except the chickens. Currently there are goats and sheep on the property, but they will go this fall. I have two cows that may be pregnant. If they are, they will stay for the winter. If not, they will go.
I am very open to whatever someone might like to do with the land. It has amazing views. The Airbnb campers love it here. It is a good venue for bring people out to see the operation as it is pretty here.
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 have hosted over a dozen WWOOFers over the last couple of years 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 start a farming operation. I do not have seperate housing, but 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 could 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.