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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):

We are situated on the fertile Wallkill river flood plain soil suitable for diversifed intensive farming. We are in the 2nd year of agriculture - Speciality vegetable and herb production. We are in the process to increase production by 10 times due to interest and orders from high end Chefs and demand from yet to be started CSA. We are looking for experienced farm workers/supervisors to help us do that - either as employee and/or as collaborators by growing on contract on our land.

We are specifically looking for :

  1. Assistant Farm Manager - To produce baby and mico greens, greenhouse growing, high tunnel production, herb production, seed saving, design production plan and compost production.
  2. Livestock Employee - To manage around 7-10 dairy cows/heifers, 2 goats, and few small animals. We are providing shared housing free of cost and it is a requirement.

We are also looking for Collaboration with speciality farmers who would like to utilize the land for accessory products/services to our main farming operation- we would barter the services in some manner. A nice young couple is keeping bee hives on our property and in return teaching us about bee keeping and bees are good for natural pollination for our agriculture. (Additionally, we would like someone to put in another 100 hives as we can buy almost all of that honey for our various channels). Another experinced permacultarist is interested to grow trees/berries/herbs in collaboration with us on unused land. We have a 10-12 acre forest where foraging, maple syrup tapping, mushroom production etc. could be done. We are looking for someone who can just grow flowers on the boundaries of all the agriculture plots and in unused places - flowers will beautify our farm as well as attract bees and beneficial insects - that would be sufficient barter for us - additionally we could purchase essential oils. We are looking for someone to create a duck egg production system - we would barter the eggs in return for having the ducks do pest control and for use of the poultry manure for our compost. 

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. Berries grew really well on the property. We bought the sub-divided property in 2016 from previous owners who had hay/horses. The property is suitable and eligible for organic certification - that we plan to apply for soon.

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

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

Fencing description:

Temprary Electric fencing. We need to put permanent Deer fencing around the perimeter of the whole farm. We hope to do so in October. 

Water access description:

We have water access from Wallkill river but we are not on the bank so we need to pull for about 3000'. A permanent irrigation system is being put into place from the river that would connect to the sprinklers. Currently the liimted fields are being irrigated by a pond. This pond is fed from an almost year round stream from the Shangunk mountains. 

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. 

The ground water table is 4-6' so hand wells can be dug, but the refill flow may not be strong to irrigate unless for smaller purposes like for Greenhouse. 

Barns/structures description:

Currentlly there are 2 barns on the property that are being used for livestock and for storage. We have to put up more storage/work space. 

Farmer housing description:

We have shared housing available currently ONLY for our prospective Livestock employee.

We are currently in the permit process with Town of New Paltz for puttng up permanent worker housing. The construction would happen most likely next spring onwards. 

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, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Poultry

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Farm Management, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options:

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

  • Farm Accessory products/services - in lieu of barterning of some products/services/benefits to the farm sustainability
  • Grow crops on contract basis - that we desire and agree to purchase before you plant

Or as a straight Employee.

Please contact 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/animals 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 are planning to purchase 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.