Gansvoort Farm

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Location

  • Columbia County
  • Clermont

Acres for lease

60

Acres available for crop production

10

Acres available for pasture/hay

60

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?

Maybe

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

Maybe

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.