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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)
  • Rolling Lease
  • Lease to Own

Property Requirements

Acreage to lease (total)

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

Acreage to lease (tillable)

  • 0-5
  • 6-10
  • 11-20

Description of buildings

Because I have livestock, I need onsite housing. It doesn't have to be fancy, it does have to be livable. And (I've learned I *do* have to say this) it has to be not the house where you're living. Even with a separate entrance. Not the apartment downstairs. I need a whole thing all to myself. A mobile home is fine, an old camper ... not so much.

I do need at least a small barn. While healthy horses are happy to live outside year round, the small stock needs a safe place to spend the night and I need to bring the cows in to be milked. A space able to be used for milk-handling so that I could offer dairy products would be lovely, as would an area I could use as a small classroom.

Description of equipment

If the equipment is on-site, I am happy to run a tractor and a square baler, and other haying equipment. I have not done any tilling for large scale gardening, but would be happy to learn if the opportunity was there.

Description of water access

I will need water

Description of fencing

I will need a place with at least a few acres of fencing already in place. I will admit, I am not great at fencing past basic repair. As far as I am concerned, proper fence *installation* or *major* repair is done with a 3 person crew and equipment that includes a PTO auger, and given that and the materials, I am happy to do it. If I install fence on my lonesome, at my cost, on someone else's property, it will be T-posts and cattle panels, or pipe corrals, and I will be taking it with me should I go.

I don't mean for that to come off as rude, but I have had people expect me to improve their property with thousands of dollars of fencing and hours and hours of labor while only offering a short term lease or asking if I really needed paperwork at all. A truly astonishing number of people.

Other requirements

While I'm sure it seems obvious to most, since I do riding, education and agritourism, I need to have the public on the property. Yes, on weekends. And they're going to want to park their cars. I am happy to rent a portolet, so that sort of facility is not needed

Farm Business

Primary crops or livestock

  • Beef
  • Dairy
  • Draft Animal
  • Educational or Non-Profit
  • Equine
  • Goats
  • Hay
  • Homesteading
  • Orchard
  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Sheep

Primary crops or livestock description

I keep a small scale, mixed use educational farm and riding stable (physical stable unnecessary).

I have a little bit of everything, 4 cows, 4 sheep, 9 goats, 2 yaks, pigs, assorted poultry and, of course, horses. Riding and the opportunity to interact with and learn about livestock are what draws customers to my farm. I can offer a one-of-a-kind experience and then people can go home with produce from the farm as well.

Marketing method(s)

I do a lot of business from word of mouth. ;) I get a lot of delighted people posting once in a lifetime photos on Instagram. Happy people tell their friends! I also have contacts for advertising in NYC. And I advertise locally, through signs, ads and presence.

Business plan

Yes

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

Yes

Experience and education

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

Additional experience and education

I have a degree in agriculture and had worked on several farms before owning my own for 8 years, the last 7 of which it operated at a profit. Sadly, I lost it in a sudden, harsh divorce and have since been trying to find land on which I can run a business. I do need to work with someone who understands that no clients = no business and that just like even a 5* restaurant can't operate without a dumpster out back and a mop closet, every inch of a farm is NOT going to be Instagram perfect and the manure has to be piled somewhere.