Cauterskill Creek Farm

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Property Location
Catskill, NY
[Greene County]
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141 acres available
30 open acres for farming
111 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

Primarily Hudson and Vergennes soils, 8 to 15 percent slopes, according to Web Soil Survey

Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):

The property has been used for the last several years as a part-time residence and occasionally as a vacation rental. It was previously a dairy farm and one of the barns contains pens and (old) milking fixtures. Until early 2017, there were approximately 12 cows grazing on the property, though these have since been removed.

Farm history / past uses of the property:

The property was a dairy farm historically. The house was built in 1840 and the main barn in the mid-1800s.

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • water
  • barns/structures
  • housing
  • equipment
  • electrical

Water access description:

There is running water at the corner of one of the barns. The property is also bounded on two sides by Cauterskil Creek.

Barns/structures description:

There are two barns. One consists of two smaller barns that have been joined together (one from approximately the 1850s and one from approximately the 1950s), with animal pens and equipment storage on the lower floor and hay lofts above. There is a drive-in entrance on the upper floor where the hayloft is.

The other barn is a smaller, standalone structure with an open bottom floor and a loft above. The cows previously on the property would sometimes use it for shelter.

Farmer housing description:

Farmer housing is up for discussion. There is a house on the property, but our ideal arrangement allows for us to visit occasionally, so we will have to figure out how housing might work if a potential lessee requires it.

Equipment description:

There is a small (45hp) tractor, brush hog, and hay wagon that would likely be available for use. 

Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Types of livestock permitted on the property:

Cattle - Beef, Cattle - Dairy, Equine, Goats/Sheep

Livestock/crops description :

We prefer to lease the property for crops, but are open to discussion if a potential lessee is interested in keeping/raising livestock. The property does not currently have adequate fencing for livestock: there are a number of fenceposts that could potentially be reused but nothing modern.

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

For Lease

Description of tenure options:

We are looking to lease the property to a farmer, preferably for crops, with an arrangement that allows us to visit and spend time at the farm periodically. This means that the ideal lessee does not require housing, but we're open to discussing how we could make that work. At this point we're looking for a short-term lease (2-4 years) but it could turn into more if it works out for all parties.

Additional Information

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

Organic activity is certainly preferred!

Do you require a farmer who qualifies for agricultural assessment?:

No

Are you willing to have the public on the property as a part of the farm business?:

Negotiable

Any additional information about this property:

The property is bisected ny the NYS Thruway (I-87). The east side of the property contains the house, barns, and farmable land. The west side of the property is forest.