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Property Location
Near Ithaca Paintball, 10 mile drive from downtown Ithaca, Freeville, NY
[Tompkins County]
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15 acres available
8 open acres for farming
7 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

Erie-Chippewa channery silt loams, 0 to 3 percent slopes

Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):

Most acres unused, mowed minimally to prevent woody succession. Allowing sub-acre sections to reforest, with seed and tree plantings to facilitate process. Near the road, a tree nursery and agroforest plantings are being cultivated.

Farm history / past uses of the property:

Occasional haying in past 10 years, mowed in past year. Recently purchased as subdivision of larger parcel.

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • Water access

Water access description:

Perennial creek, high water table, and small hand-dug ponds.

Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Types of livestock permitted on the property:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Poultry, Other livestock

Livestock/crops description :

Encouraging crops that can be grown with minimal machinery, ideally integrating into agroforestry systems being established though that is not necessary.

'Regenerative' livestock practices are welcome, for example 'rotational grazing' or 'managed grazing'. Land is probably not suitable for pigs, seems best suited for sheep.

Open to discussion on options and shared infrastructure investment to facilitate livestock or crop growing.

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Price for lease per acre:

18, +/- depending on specifics of lease

Description of tenure options:

I'm focused on improving this land through water and forest management and agroforestry. 5 to 10 acres are unused and farmable in this process. I am open to short- or long-term leasing, leasing with option to purchase, partnering in production, or other ideas you may have. If the location and basic description is of interest to you, let's talk!

Additional Information

Conservation status:

No

Current land zoning:

Agricultural

Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:

Yes

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

Farming methods are somewhat flexible, with a general preference for 'productive conservation'. I am not open to liberal use of synthetic fertilizers or biocides, or regular tilling - priority must be given to conserve ecosystem services. The soil is heavy and the water table is high, so farming relying extensively on machinery will be difficult. This land is better suited for lighter equipment, animals, and human labor.

In my own tree-related work on-site I use mostly hand tools, a pickup truck for moving materials, and no synthetic inputs. My background is in forestry and includes education in agronomy.

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?:

No

Are you willing to have the public on the property as a part of the farm business?:

Yes