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General Information

Preferred location(s)

  • Columbia County
  • Ancram
  • Ancramdale
  • Austerlitz
  • Canaan
  • Chatham
  • Claverack
  • Clermont
  • Columbiaville
  • Copake
  • Copake Falls
  • Craryville
  • East Chatham
  • Elizaville
  • Gallatin
  • Germantown
  • Ghent
  • Greenport
  • Hillsdale
  • Hollowville
  • Hudson
  • Kinderhook
  • Livingston
  • Malden Bridge
  • Mellenville
  • New Lebanon
  • Niverville
  • North Chatham
  • Old Chatham
  • Philmont
  • Stockport
  • Spencertown
  • Stottville
  • Stuyvesant
  • Stuyvesant Falls
  • Valatie
  • Taghkanic
  • West Lebanon
  • Dutchess County
  • Amenia
  • Union Vale
  • Northeast
  • Milan
  • Clinton
  • La Grange
  • Annandale-On-Hudson
  • Bangall
  • Barrytown
  • Beacon
  • Billings
  • Castle Point
  • Chelsea
  • Clinton Corners
  • Dover Plains
  • Fishkill
  • Glenham
  • Holmes
  • Hopewell Junction
  • Hughsonville
  • Hyde Park
  • Lagrangeville
  • Millbrook
  • Millerton
  • Pawling
  • Pine Plains
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Poughkeepsie
  • Poughquag
  • Red Hook
  • Rhinebeck
  • Rhinecliff
  • Salt Point
  • Staatsburg
  • Stanfordville
  • Stormville
  • Tivoli
  • Verbank
  • Wappingers Falls
  • Wassaic
  • Wingdale
  • Other County
  • Other Town

Tenure options

  • Long Lease (5+ years)
  • Lease to Own
  • Sale/Purchase
  • Other Tenure Agreement

Property Requirements

Acreage to lease (total)

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

Description of buildings

Our goats require secure housing to protect them from harsh weather.

Description of water access

Potable water is required for dairy operations

Description of fencing

Ideally 48" goat field fencing or equivilent. We have used stock panels for smaller paddocks in the past.

Other requirements

Value added dairy productions has specialized regulated infrastructure requirements that would be easier to discuss than describe here

Farm Business

Primary crops or livestock

  • Dairy
  • Goats

Primary crops or livestock description

Acorn Hill Farm offers a variety of fresh goat milk cheeses made using milk from our herd of Nubian dairy goats. Fresh chevre, ricotta, and Greek style feta along with goat milk yogurt are currently our primary products. Historically we have also made raw milk cheese and plan to reintroduce the products going forward. We also offer goat milk fudge and cajeta caramel sauce. 

Marketing method(s)

We have shifted to primarily wholesale but still do some farmers markets as well as festivals. We also offer cheesemaking workshops and other on farm activities. On farm sales are desirable especially if we obtain a raw milk permit.

Business plan

In progress

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

Yes

Experience and education

  • Farm owner

Additional experience and education

Acorn Hill Farm was founded in 2003 as a family milk and dairy project. We made our first farmers market sales in 2004. I had ten years of experience with goats prior to 2003.