Green Table Farm

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Property Location
Dick Hill Road, Hartford NY
[Washington County]
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197 acres available
25 open acres for farming
170 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

Nassau shaly loam, Bernardston, Nassau Rock Outcrop (forested) and Sun loam

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

Green Table Farm produces organic vegetables and flowers, pastured poultry and a small amount of grain, which is used as poultry feed. The farmers are looking for another farmer or farmers to work with them on the current production and possibly add a new enterprise or expand the current production of produce and poultry. They would like to find someone interested in taking responsibility for the daily running of the farm enterprises, freeing the farmer/owner to focus on crop production. New enterprises could include livestock, berries, increased grain production, mushrooms or agroforestry activities.

Farm history / past uses of the property:

The farm was originally three dairy farms. In 1980 it was sold to a part-time farmer who raised pigs and most of the fields were in hay production. We bought it in the fall of 2012 and have been working to restore and expand the infrastructure.

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • water
  • barns/structures
  • equipment
  • electrical

Water access description:

There is a 1 acre pond between fields that are currently used for pastured poultry and grain production. The vegetable production and greenhouses are watered from a well.

Barns/structures description:

Options for housing a new farmer are being explored with the goal of providing housing on or near the farm.There is a 40'X72' equipment shed which also serves as an area for crop storage, a 30' X 48' propagation greenhouse, and two 30' X 96' high tunnels. Several moveable chicken huts are used to move pasured poultry in the fields.

Equipment description:

4 wheel drive tractor with bucket, forks and stone bucket, a Farmall A used for cultivation, tine weeder, disc, tiller, chisel plows, 3 bottom mouldboard plow, springtooth harrow, brush hog, flail mower, grain drill, cutipacker, combine, corn picker/sheller.

Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Other Crops

Types of livestock permitted on the property:

Cattle - Beef, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Livestock/crops description :

The farmer/owners use the farm production to supply their restaurant and catering business in NYC. The business can readily absorb increased production. The farm is well suited for grazing, but fencing would need to be installed and shelters built as needed. The vegetable production is concentrated in a level ~2.5 acre area of raised beds and in two high tunnels. Production of vegetables and flowers could be increased and other crops, such as berries, added by expanding cultivation into additional fields. Equipment is available for grain seeding and combining.

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Farm Management, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options:

The farmer/owners would like to find an individual to work with them and possibly add their own new enterprise on the farm. The new farmer would take responsibility for daily farm management to allow the owner to focus on crop production. Long term tenure is the goal for the right person(s) with protential for transition of the farm business in the future. The new farmer should have some farming experience, a passion for organic agriculture, an interest in contributing to existing production and ideas for expanding the productivity of the farm.

Additional Information

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

The vegetable and flower production is certified organic. Poulty is pasture raised and is fed locally produced feed supplemented by grains grown on the farm. Organic practices are a key aspect of the farm management. The farmer/owners are not interested in harvesting hay crops for sale off the property.

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

Negotiable

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

Negotiable

Any additional information about this property:

Green Table Farm is offering the right person(s) an opportunity to participate in a successful farm business with secure markets in a beautiful farming county in eastern NY. The farm offers opportunities for a new farmer to gain expertise and potentially initiate new enterprises of their own. The farmer/owners are looking to the future when they will need to transition the management of the farm to the next generation.