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General Information

Preferred location(s)

  • Columbia County
  • Dutchess County
  • Other County

Tenure options

  • Long Lease (5+ years)
  • Rolling Lease
  • Lease to Own
  • Sale/Purchase

Property Requirements

Acreage to lease (total)

  • 11-20
  • 21-50
  • 51-100
  • Greater than 100

Acreage to lease (tillable)

  • 11-20
  • 21-50
  • 51-100
  • Greater than 100

Description of buildings

At minimum, we need housing - ideally a small house in good condition. It would be helpful to have a barn for dry storage.

Description of water access

Ideally, there would be water lines in the pasture, but at minimum we need a frost-free hydrant that can support livestock. A pond or year-round stream is also desirable but not necessary.

Farm Business

Primary crops or livestock

  • Beef
  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Sheep

Primary crops or livestock description

In the past, we have raised pigs, beef cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. Going forward, we are likely to raise beef cattle, pigs, and a mix of poultry for the short-term, in addition to a small, diverse vegetable garden.

Marketing method(s)

In the past, we have marketed our products through our CSA, at farmers markets, and to a limited degree, as whole/half animals direct to customer. In the future, we would like to focus on on-site farm sales through a small CSA and farm stand, while increasing our whole/half animal sales.

Business plan


Will your operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?


Experience and education

  • Farm apprenticeship
  • Farm internship
  • Farm owner
  • Formal agricultural education
  • On-farm work experience/employment

Additional experience and education

Grass + Grit Farm is run by Ben Roberts and Maddie Morley. Collectively, we have over 15 years of farming experience in both vegetable and livestock farming operations.

Ben has a degree in Architecture, but he quickly moved on to the culinary world, attending the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC. He's worked at that same culinary school, restaurants, and butcher shops before making the jump to farming. Ben worked at Hatchet Cove Farm in 2013 before apprenticing at Glynwood. After his apprenticeship, he became the Grazing Manager at a local goat dairy before starting Grass + Grit.

Maddie has a degree in Environmental Science and Microeconomics. She started farming as an apprentice at the UC Santa Cruz CASFS program in 2011. She stayed as an Assistant Manager before moving to the Hudson Valley to apprentice at Glynwood where she also stayed for a second year as the Livestock Assistant. Maddie also spent a season at Old Ford Farm, a diversified livestock and veggie operation, before starting Grass + Grit Farm. She is currently to Operations Manager at the National Young Farmers Coalition.