Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
Two fields, 1+ ac in front, 7.5ac in back (with 1ac of back field seasonally flooded and may someday be converted into pond). Most acres unused, mowed minimally to prevent woody succession or allowed to reforest with strategic interventions.
Near the road, a tree nursery and forest garden plantings are being cultivated. Toward the back of the front field, a small hybrid hazelnut hedgerow orchard is growing, with alleys that could be plowed and planted. Throughout the front field, various fruit, nut, and support trees are growing from seedlings and seeds.
In the front field, a water well with hand pump or battery/solar pump being setup for summer irrigation in droughts. Shed/workshop also being setup. Space for parking a trailer or tiny home, no utilities or housing currently setup but open to discussion about needs and opportunities.
Small areas may be managed by myself and other farmers. I am focused on tree crops and am working with local friends and farmers who may use parts of this land for agriculture. This is an opportunity for integrated ecological agriculture, with multiple farm enterprises working in parallel to restore diverse ecosystems while cultivating useful yields. Depending on your interest, you could work within areas setup with diverse crops (e.g. hazel hedgerow alleys, forest garden area) or in new areas of meadow acreage.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
Occasional haying in past 10 years, mowed in 2019. Recently purchased as subdivision of larger parcel. Adjascent to town conservation district to south and vacant lot to north where a single family residence is planned years down the line. This area is becoming increasingly connected with Ithaca.
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
Water access description:
Small creek, high water table, small hand-dug ponds, deep well with hand pump or battery/solar-powered pump available for minimal use during droughts.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
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, intensive 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.
Price for lease per acre:
Flexible rental agreements. Fixed cash rent $120/yr, +/- depending on specifics
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!
Current land zoning:
Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:
Preferred farming method:
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
Farming methods are somewhat flexible, with a general preference for 'productive conservation' and minimal use of fossil fuel-based inputs. Priority is 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?:
Are you willing to have the public on the property as a part of the farm business?:
Any additional information about this property:
The Town of Dryden has a Right to Farm law generally favoring agricultural land uses. The area near this property has a number of small farms, as does the broader Tompkins County. On the same road as this property there is a small herd of beef cows, an equestrian center, and chickens in many yards.