Sweet Flower Farm

Copake, NY, Columbia County

For Lease Business Partnership Farm Management
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Acres Available

15

Open Tillable Acres

10

Wooded (or other) Acres

5

Infrastructure

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Crops Permitted

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  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
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Livestock Permitted

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Condition & Current Use

The property is currently a perennial flower farm with established shrubs, flowers, berries, concord grapes, and a small fruit orchard and 95 small Christmas trees. There are beautiful rolling hills and a small stream and pond on the property.

I have only owned the land for one year and I sell the flowers to a wholesale florist market and to individual florists in the area. We have berries, medicinal plants and plenty of unused acreage, that are currently meadows but were used for vegetables previously. We have some guinea hens and ducks but no livestock.

The property is well-maintained, with a large old dairy barn, a tractor, and two sheds. The entire perimeter is fenced and we have two wells, so there is ample water available. 

 

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Farm History & Past Use

The farm was originally a dairy farm, and then there was some corn production many years ago before being left in a more neglected state for a few decades. 

From 2018-2023 the farm underwent a massive restoration project, with fencing, drainage, extensive clearing and planting done. At this time, perennial shrubs, fruit trees, vegetables and flowers such as peonies, anemones, yarrow, phlox, astilbe and others were planted, as well as poultry, goats, pigs and sheep raised on the property. 

This farmer used conventional methods of spraying herbicide/pesticide as well as extensive mowing.

Since June 2023, when I took ownership, we have stopped all chemical spraying and are allowing certain areas of the farm to rewild as well as consciously meadowscaping other areas with wildflowers. 

Tenure Options

Tenure Options

For Lease Business Partnership Farm Management

I am open to exploring leasing and management options with my goal of stepping back from being solely in charge of labor, production and sales of the flowers. I want to allow space for this farm to evolve and am very interesting in fostering the medicinal and botanical elements present here for healing and artistic uses, as well as floristry uses. I would like to develop a mutually supportive relationship with someone who wants to take energetic ownership of the land/plants and create a sustainable, successful venture on the property. I am open to 1 to 4 year lease at this point. 

Price for Lease Per Acre

TBD

Are you willing to mentor a new or beginning farmer?

No

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?

Negotiable

Production Preferences

Livestock / Crops Description

We are not interested in having livestock on the property at this point, other than some birds or bees. 

Crops Permitted

  • black outline of a carrot Vegetables
  • black outline apple icon Fruits
  • black outline of a flower Flowers or Ornamentals
  • black outline of a wheat germ Grains

Livestock Permitted

  • Black outline of a chicken Poultry
  • Black outline of a bee Bees

Preferred Farming Method

Organic (not certified) Regenerative/Sustainable

Farm Infrastructure

  • black outline barn icon Barns - Equipment Storage
  • black outline electrical icon Electrical access
  • black outline tractor icon Equipment
  • Black outline of a fence Fencing
  • Black outline of a water drop Water access

Equipment

We have a  tractor and rototiller and brushhog. I have extensive gardening tools and equipment available for us and storage in the main barn.

Fencing

The entire perimeter has deer fencing, including an electric fence along the frontage road.

Water Access

There are faucets in two areas of the barn and in a few other spots around the property, sourced by our wells.

Barns for Equipment/Storage

There is a large, old, but well-restored, dairy barn with ample room for storage including an under-space for wood storage and a hayloft where we dry flowers and cure garlic. 

Additional Property Information

This farm is our home and so other than florists/clients picking up flowers, we are not interested in having a farm-shop on premise or having the public freely accessing the place. 

We would like to keep organic practices on the property and be conscious of energy usage and limit all harsh chemicals. 

Is the Property Conserved

No

Current Land Zoning

Residential

Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?

Unsure

Can the public be on the property as a part of the farm business?

No

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