Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
Arable acreage has been in feed crops for decades. Our leasing farmer has been unwell (and recently passed away) so fields have been largely fallow with a sparse cover of rye the last 2 years and would benefit from a good turning under.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
This farm has been producing grain and hay for the 42 years that I have owned it, and my understanding is that it went on for at least a generation before. It occupies the central part of a 100-acre dead end alluvial valley that began farming around 1800.
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
Water access description:
Esopus Creek is 50 yards from nearest field; irrigation equipment would be required but irrigation has never been necessary in my 42-year ownership of the property.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
Feed corn grown most frequently, occasionally alternated with oats. In future I'd prefer to stick with those, or hay/alfalfa.
Description of tenure options:
A short-term lease to start out but open to long-term if farmer makes a case for it.
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
I would like to maintain the low-activity farming that has gone on here, thus my preference for grain and hay crops. The adjacent farm, with @300-yard shared boundary, is an active certified organic CSA, and I have to avoid compromising their organic status.
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:
I live in what was originally the tenant/farmhands' house, right in the middle of the fields to be leased, which is why I'd like to keep the activity level low.