Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
The property has been a working farm since 1803, but went out of operation in the 1950s. The landowner rented the land to a neighboring dairy farmer who used the land for hay production and pasturing dry cows. The property has two barns, 3 creeks, a pond, and fencing. The barn is in decent shape, though needs a new roof soon. The house needs significant work, but has excellent "bones" and is a wonderful example of an historic, early Greek Revival archictectural farmhouse.
The property is under agricultural conservation easement with the Schoharie Land Trust (showcased here: https://www.schoharielandtrust.org/what-we-protect/land-we-ve-protected/...).
Farm history / past uses of the property:
The farm was previously used for pasturing dry cows, hay, and corn. Note that one of the fields used for growing corn was sprayed with round-up as of 2 years ago, so it is not organic, but it has not been sprayed since that time.
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
- Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
- Farmer housing
- Electrical Access
Barbed wire fencing to keep in cows.
Water access description:
3 creeks and 1 pond
2 Barns - A large barn currently used for keeping dry cows. It needs a new roof soon, but is in good working order. A second barn is used for storage, though is not as structurally sound and needs maintanence.
Farmer housing description:
The original part of this early Greek Revival farmhouse, built in the early 19th century, is in very good condition and has a bathroom on the first floor that was renovated in the 1980s with a whirlpool. The extension on the house that contains the modern day kitchen needs work--it had a leak in the roof, so there is damage inside the house in that section. The roof was eventually repaired, but the damage was not. A new buyer might renovate the kitchen, though it may be more cost effective to simply tear down that wing and build a new kitchen in the dining room space.
Note that there is an additional house for sale that this property surrounds, that may be of interest to a prospective buyer of this property -- which was actually the house where the farm hands lived in the old days found here: https://countryboyrealty.idxbroker.com/idx/details/listing/a062/20202245.... It may be worth purchasing as well for future farm workers, a granny flat, agritourism house, B&B, restaurant, leasing (note housing rentals in the area are in extreme demand), whatever. It also needs work.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
The farmstead is friendly to all types of agricultural production.
Sale price or estimated market value:
Sale website listing:
Description of tenure options:
This property is for sale only and not available for lease. Note that because the land is under easement, it can never be divided or sold into separate blocks. It can only ever be sold as one whole based on the terms of the Schoharie Land Trust (https://www.schoharielandtrust.org/).
Current land zoning:
Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
The farm is located in a very "ag friendly" area in terms of town zoning, neighbors who value farming and farmers, etc. Because of the agricultural conservation easement, the land can only be used for agricultural purposes--in other words, you can only build new structures that serve farming. One additional residential structure could be built based on the terms of the easement (eg for a granny flat or for farm workers). Also, the easement requires that none of the stone walls be moved. Finally, most of the land in this property is forest; if a new owner wanted to convert the forest to farmland, it may be possible but they would need to discuss it with the Land Trust since the primary purpose of the easement is conservation.
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:
The landowner is advertising the farm with a "mainstream" realtor, but he hopes it will be bought be a farming family. It's one of the last 4 properties in the town that can be a working farm, so neighbors also support it to stay in production. Because of that, there may be potential for a partnership in purchasing this farm. If that interests you, contact Phoebe Schreiner for more information: [email protected].
The annual property taxes are about $4600 per year.
In terms of access to major markets, this property is exactly 1 hour 10 minutes drive to downtown Albany, and 2 hours 45 minutes to upper Manhattan. That said, there is also growing demand for buying local in the COVID world and many local markets closer to home. CADE can provide consultation on identifying markets that work for you, including with regional food hubs, institutional purchasing, wholesale/retail, etc. Visit www.cadefarms.org.