Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
Established Organic Vegetable and Fruit Farm Business for Sale in Ithaca, NY
Highly regarded fruit and vegetable farm, fully equipped turnkey operation. Owners are retiring from farming and are eager to support the right buyer's transition in order to maintain the success of this enterprise.
NOFA-NY Certified Organic since 1995, with strong established markets.
10+ acres of fields and orchards surrounded by a high-quality deer fence, well-built barn, 4 hoop houses, walk-in coolers, and an automated heated greenhouse.
The land is permanently protected by a conservation easement and will always be dedicated to agriculture. Business, equipment, infrastructure, improvements, supplies, markets, goodwill, and long-term lease are for sale.
Located at EcoVillage at Ithaca, a supportive community setting. New owners may choose to live at EcoVillage but do not need to--various possible housing scenarios would be arranged separately.
Note: The business, infrastructure, and equipment is for sale, but the land is held by the EcoVillage. The new owner can take over and renegotiate the long term lease with the EcoVillage.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
West Haven Farm is a fully equipped turn-key operation located two miles from downtown Ithaca. The farm encompasses 10+ acres protected by an 8-foot-tall woven-wire high-tensile deer fence, with additional acreage outside the fence. Structures include four hoophouses, an energy-efficient automated greenhouse heated with natural gas, and a well-built barn. West Haven Farm has been in operation since 1992 and certified organic by NOFA-NY since 1995. The business, equipment, infrastructure, improvements, supplies, markets, goodwill, and long-term lease are for sale. The land we farm is owned by EcoVillage at Ithaca (EVI Inc.) and is held in a permanent conservation easement by the Finger Lakes Land Trust- it may only be used for agriculture and education.
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
- Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
- Equipment available for sale or lease
- Electrical Access
8 foot woven wire high-tensile deer fence
Water access description:
650,000 gallon pond as well as municipal water.
Well-built two story barn
Kubota L4310HST w/loader & HST Trans.
Allis Chambers G
2005 GMC G3500 Savana 10' Box Truck
Dodge Caravan for on-farm use
Implements 3pt hitch:
John Deere 14" 3 bottom plow
Land Pride 72" DH1572 disks
Macshio 50" U130 tiller
Chisel Plow w/3 shanks
Mower, Woods BB720
Mill Creek Manure Spreader Model 125
Rears 100gal stainless steel Pakblast Orchard Sprayer
15' King Sprayer, also with 100' hose reel
Checchi & Magli SP50V 1-row potato digger
Holland 50" bedlifter
Waterwheel 3 row, 2 seat transplanter
Plastic mulch layer w/ drip layer
Cosmo 500 fertilizer (seed) spreader
Culitvator, Ferguson 6’ w/ points
Culitvator, Ferguson 6’ w/ sweeps
Chain harrow 6' with 3pt lift
2 row hilling disks on toolbar
Pallet forks w/ Jiffy Quickhitch
Jiffy Quickhitches - on primary implements
EZ Trail wagon 9' x 18'
Lilliston rolling cultivators w/arms (pair)
2 bottom plow
Implements for Allis Chalmbers G:
Buddingh 3 row basket weeder w/ sweeps
Lely weeder 48"
One row cultivator
3 row gang cultivator
3 row gang cultivator for parts
Misc: 2 spiders, side knives, double toolbar
Planet Jr. Seeders (3) and toolbar
BCS 30" Tractor/Tiller Professional
Honda EB 3000c backup generator
Honda walking mower
Simpson power washer
Skidril post driver
Stihl FS250 weedwacker
Monarch water pump/9hp Honda engine
Sand filter 100gal/min capacity
RPZ 2" for irrigation from municipal hydrant
Aluminet shadecloth for greenhouse/hoophouse
Black shadecloth for greenhouse/hoophouse
EZ Seeder - greenhouse vacuum seeder
Large seedling germination chamber
2 x Solo model 412 backpack sprayer
Heavy-duty plastic harvest lugs (100's in multiple sizes)
M100 Rifle Stapler - for rapid stapling of landscape fabric from standing position
Orchard ladders and harvest bags
Quick Cut greens harvester w/custom microgreen harvest sled
Red Dragon 5-row flamer
Party Tent 20x30
Tool cabinet & tools
West Haven Farm market sign
Jang JP1 seeder
Planet Jr. push seeder
7-row gang Earthway seeder, plus 1 solo
Field: trellis, row covers, etc.
Greenhouse: trays, tags, etc.
Tools: hand tools, harvest knives, hoes, etc.
Marketing: bags, boxes, labels, scales, etc.
Shop: tools, spare parts, fluids for machinery
Irrigation: pipes, fittings, T-tape, etc.
Pest control: veg crop and orchard
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
Livestock is an option, although the farm is not currently set up for more than a small flock of chickens.
Price for lease per acre:
cost of taxes
Description of tenure options:
West Haven Farm has a long-term lease with EcoVillage at Ithaca (EVI Inc.). The relationship between the farm and EVI Inc. is a mutually beneficially one. Sustainable agriculture is an important part of the non-profit’s vision, and it is important that a thriving farm occupies the land. EVI Inc. has saved a prime piece of farmland from development and made the land permanently available for farmers. There are a number of items in the mutually negotiated lease that protect both the farm and the landlord. Current terms of the lease stipulate that the farm must be managed organically, and that produce must be made available to EcoVillage residents to buy. Permission must be granted before permanent structures or major bulldozing can happen. The cost to the farm for the lease is the tax burden incurred for the leased acreage and the barn. In exchange for these moderate restrictions, we have access to the county’s highest quality agricultural soil located on a bus line just a few minutes from downtown Ithaca, with long-term stability built in for the farmer including our ownership of all structures and improvements. Except for updating general terms of the lease, the EVI Inc. board does not anticipate any major changes with this sale, and the board is eager to help the new farmers transition here. We have found working with the board to be very amicable, and seek new farmers who are also able to work with the board in a positive way. (The residential and educationalorganizations at EcoVillage are separate from EVI Inc., which owns and manages the land.)
There is a tremendous amount of community support for the farm from the wider Ithaca community and from within EcoVillage —many of the hundreds of residents have chosen to live at EcoVillage specifically because of the proximity to farming. The new farmers will need to be able to work closely with the EcoVillage community, including communicating about farm happenings, and ensure that residents have an opportunity to purchase the produce. A group of village residents has stepped forward to facilitate the transition and assist the new farmers.
Living in one of EcoVillage's three co-housing neighborhoods is not a prerequisite for farming here, although we have found it convenient to live and farm here both. There are 100 housing units of varying sizes and prices, and there is regular availability of both rentals and units for sale. See https://ecovillageithaca.org/live/for information about living at EcoVillage. There is a learning process for prospective residents, and the new farmers would need to participate in that process if they decide to live here.
Note: The farm business is for sale, but the land itself is leased.
Current land zoning:
Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:
Preferred farming method:
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
Farming doesn't need to be certified organic, but must meet the criteria for organic certification, at a minimum.
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:
West Haven Farm is 2 miles from downtown Ithaca, and is served by municipal water, natural gas, electric, a fire hydrant, and high-speed (FIOS) internet.