Gansvoort Farm

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  • Columbia County
  • Clermont

Acres for lease


Acres available for crop production


Acres available for pasture/hay


Property Description

Property’s current condition and current use(s)

Currently managed as a grassfed sheep farm.  Set up for grazing.  ~20 acres that can be hayed in addition to grazed.

Farm history / past uses of the property

Was a fruit and vegetable farm from 1960 to 1990's, then abandoned.  I have been here since 2009 when permanent pastures were established.  I grazed both sheep and cattle here until 2012 when I sold the beef herd.  Just sheep since then.  I have planted lots of trees so there is shade in every paddock.

Farm Infrastructure

Fencing description

7 acres with woven wire fencing, 3 more fields (~3 acres each) with high tensile. The rest is open and needs portable polywire fencing.

Water access description

Irrigation tubing lines on the surface throughout the farm with taps distributed for 1 acre paddocks.  Has to be shut down for winter.  Winter paddock with woven wire and permanent heated stock water system for winter.

Barns/structures description

Barn but not big enough to house livestock.  Loft space for ~400 small square bales, bay to house a tractor, one room that serves for shearing day or occassionally penning a sick animal. Electricity in the barn.

Farmer housing description

none.  Only one small house and I live in it.  May be rentals nearly. Possibility of putting a trailer on the land.

Equipment description

I have a 17 hp Kabota tractor but use depends on arrangement.  

Crops and Livestock

Types of livestock and/or crops permitted to be produced on the property

  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Permaculture
  • Beef

Livestock/crops description

There are already sheep here but I really want cattle intensively grazed to improve pasture quality.  Other livestock could be added but my preference would be beef cows.  Sheep may eventually be removed.

Tenure Options

Tenure options

  • Short Lease (1-5 years)
  • Long Lease (5+ years)
  • Rolling Lease

Additional Information

Restrictions on agricultural activities permitted on the property under the town's zoning code or other land use laws

The land is under a conservation easement, with some restrictions on ag activities in wetland areas.  Also restrictions on building and impervious surface area.

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?


Are you willing to have the public on the property for a CSA, farm market or related agricultural activity?


Any additional information about this property

Not organically certified but generally managed as such.  Conventional fertilizer applied last year so certification would still take 3 years.  There is a mugwort problem - invasive non-native weed that I am hoping mob grazing can control.  Plenty of water, good well, some vegetable-quality soils.