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Property Location
332 Springtown Rd. New Paltz, NY 12561
[Ulster County]
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45 acres available
28 open acres for farming
12 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

Ha Hamlin silt loam, He Haven loam, Te Teel silt loam, Wb Wayland soils complex

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

My wife and I are beginning farmers. We plan to use a few acres of our fertile Wallkill river flood pain soil for diversifed intensive farming. We have an existing business in herbal product distrbition through which we have planned to link our production -Vegetable crops, CSA, dairy, herb growing. For the other acerage, we are providing an environment for other farmers to collaborate who would like to lease/or via other arrangements for collaboration. We would like to learn/assist each other in growing to the next stage. 

There are total 13 acres available to lease for intensive crop production - out of which 3 acres has been leased to 2 farmers. So we are looking for 10 acres to lease/utilize preferrably in 1-2 acre allocations so that we can form a diversified and sustainable collaborative environment. But a diversified farmer with experience with great collaborative attitude who would like to lease/use larger than that acerage, would be possible too.

Around 9 acres is available for grains production.  

Fruits/Berries could be grown in different spaces. Use of 1500' of Haygroves is possible with renovation.

Bee hives are desirable - we would love to provide space and facilities for experinced bee keeper.

We can have more dairy cows / collaborate in milking/dairy products. We have more land available for pasturing nearby. 

We have one livestock barn that our cows are using. We can provide more barn space. There is access road to the fields from Springtown Rd. We are setting up a washing station and refrigeration facility. 

Lease options with farmers could be in lieu of assisting us in setting up infrastructure.

We may be able to provide housing.

Farm history / past uses of the property:

The farm property is on the fertile flood plain of Wallkill river in New Paltz farmed for hundreds of years even before the Heugonet settlors bought it from the Native Americans. According to Ag Census of 19th century, the Heugonets grew profuse vegetable crops and grains. There was a large dairy on this farm in the early 20th Century. We bought the sub-divided property in 2016 from previous owners who had hay/horses. The property is suitable for organic certification - that we plan to apply for in beginning of 2017. 

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • fencing
  • water
  • barns/structures
  • housing
  • electrical

Fencing description:

Temprary Electric fencing.

Water access description:

We have water access from Wallkill river but we are not on the bank so would need to pull about 2000'. We also have a pond at one end of the fields - we plan to enlarge it in Spring' 2017. This pond is fed from an almost year round stream from the Gunks. At the same time, we plan to dig another pond at the other end of the fields. These are the main sources of water that we are hoping to use though Wallkill always remains an option. We are just concerend about the new safety regulations whether Wallkill water can be used for irrigating all crops.

Apart from that, there are two drainage ditches, running alongside the fields, sourced from a year round spring on neighbor's property, that drain into the Wallkill, that have some water flowing through the year. They need to be dragged which we plan to do in April' 2017.

The ground water table is 6'-10' so hand wells can be dug, but the refill flow may not be strong to irrigate unless for smaller purposes.  

Barns/structures description:

Currentlly there are 2 barns on the property that are being used for livestock and for storage. We are open to putting up another barn for storage if there is need.

Farmer housing description:

If there are enough farmers interested, we are open to buying a house in the Village of New Paltz that we can rent to the farmers for share-housing.

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 - Dairy, Goats/Sheep, Poultry

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options:

Except Sale, we are open to all manner of Collaboration. These may include - 

  • Straight lease in lieu of various forms of payment/services
  • Grow crops partially on contract basis - that we desire and agree to purchase before you plant
  • Partner with us in a CSA - you grow, we sell
  • Manage our proposed CSA, herb production, or small dairy operation.
  • Other options

An example of collaboration - A local farmer Bob is leasing 2 acres from us and in return he is going to give 1 day a week to put up infrastructre / facilitate other farmers.  

Please come over and we can discuss.

 

Additional Information

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

We are vegetarians, and hence do not want to use or allow to use livestock for slaughtering on the property. We understand and appreciate that most animals provide diversified uses for a sustainable model. But we do not like slaughtering. We currently have 2 Brown Swiss dairy cows, and 1 Dutch Belted Heifer. We plan to buy more dairy cows. We use and want to sell dairy products. We can have a couple of goats for weed management.  Small number of Sheep for wool. Poultry for their permaculture uses. We would allow sale of eggs.

As for crops - We or other farmers can grow any crops that sell. We encourage a diversified model for sustainability and proper soil management.  

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?:

Yes

Any additional information about this property:

The 12 acre forest is in a Federal Wetland due to the streams coming from the Gunks that empty into Wallkill. There are a few Maple trees in the forest. Berries grow naturally. 

Wallkill usually floods every 2-3 years in Spring due to icemelts. That has made these flood plains fertile. There are practially no stones in our well drained sandy-loam flat soils. Usually the waters slowly rise up in the spring and then go back down in a week or so, depositing a layer of silt on the way out. (nowadays with some debris to clean up too).

Hurricane flooding is rare (once in 50 years usually) but if it happens then most crops could be damaged. We would hence advise crop insurance. Building any permanent structures except fencing on the fields is not advised, unless raised sufficently above ground level. We are in Ag District so building farm structures is possible without much restriction.   

In summary : We are on very fertile flat land with excellent soils. The advantage of being on flood plain is also cautionary. The anceint civilizations used to prefer to settle on fertile flood plains and accpet that they have to live by sharing the land with the river.