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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

  • Lease to Own
  • Sale/Purchase

Property Requirements

Acreage to lease (total)

  • 51-100

Acreage to lease (tillable)

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

Description of buildings

We would like to have a barn or barns, a farm store, and a building that could be used for group gatherings (post Covid) like: education programs, summer camps, family camps, retreats.  In lieu of our aspiration to become a place of refuge and education, we would eventually like to have additional housing- either seasonal camping and/or a number of cabins or similar lodgings built.  

Description of equipment

Our focus on permaculture means we would like to avoid tilling but could be open to some kinds of farming equipment for shaping the land or moving around the property.  We would have special interest in any kind of industrial kitchen for cheese and/or soap making or a bread oven.  I am sure there may be other equipment that I am not including but as novice farmers- we may now know enough to know what we would want! 

 

Description of water access

We plan to build water capture on all houses and outbuildings if not already existing and would be very interested in having a stream or creek on the property.  If a pond is not already existing we would definitely create one.  Well and or springs would be welcome but not necessary.  

Description of fencing

Maybe some smaller pens for coralling sheep or goats.  Unsure if we will have cattle but will likely be rotating all grazing animals and chickens throughout the property.  

Farm Business

Primary crops or livestock

  • All
  • Dairy
  • Educational or Non-Profit
  • Flowers
  • Goats
  • Grains
  • Hay
  • Herbs
  • Homesteading
  • Mushroom
  • Orchard
  • Permaculture
  • Poultry
  • Sheep
  • Vegetable
  • Vineyard

Primary crops or livestock description

Permaculture design favors biodiversity- and our plans would be dependent on the qualities of the land.  We know we would like to raise sheep, goats and chickens and would like to primarily grow or raise all of our own fruits and vegatable (for our immediate family/community and eventually for our guests).  We would also like to have a mixture of perennial gardens, orchards, Maple Syrup and would ideally like to grow gluten free grains to produce gluten free baked goods like Chambelland in Paris (it is a successful bakery that grows and mills it's own flours for breads and pastry). Other interests could be mushroom farming in forested land, cheese making, medicinal herbs and land based crafts like basket weaving. As our intentional community grows we would like to invite individuals who may pursue particular crops or artisan products to do so on our farm/homestead.  We currently anticipate that there will be levels of commitment for those who wish to stay full time and contribute to the community.  

Marketing method(s)

We are still early in our process but my wife is a graphic designer and has a background in marketing.  We are starting off with a blog on our journey and would like to make connection with local educational programs like The Center for BioRegional Living and the Ashoken center.  We also have connection to Earth Activist Training and other advocates of permaculture that are always looking for properties to train students at.  We would definitely be open to participating in one or more of the programs to help bring labor and design assistance into our process. 

Business plan

In progress

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

Yes

Additional experience and education

We really have not much experience as farmers at this time.  By this summer we will both have Permaculture Design Certificates and plan to take the two year Land Management Course being offered by Earth Activist Training which will include various farm apprenticeships or work programs.  Our education is ongoing and we fully expect to learn many practicalities as we go.  We would likely hire more experienced help to get ourselves established in the early years.