Havoc Farm

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Property Location
103 Coon Road, Argyle, NY 12809
[Washington County]
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76 acres available
30 open acres for farming
46 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

Nassau Bernardston

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

The property is currently managed for production of permaculture crops, including nuts and a wide variety of tree fruits, wildlife habitat and watershed stewardship. The property is subject to a conservation easement held by the Agricultural Stewardship Association. There is a large beaver pond and associated wetlands. The perimeter of the farm is wooded with a mix of hardwoods including beech, maple, oak, and hickory. There is one residence and a small barn. Water resources also include a drilled well, a dug well and two springs. The owner currently lives on the farm and would like to make a gradual transition to a new owner or lessee.

Farm history / past uses of the property:

The owner purchased the farm in 1980 and raised animals, gardens and trees for many years organically. Earlier uses of the farm include a sheep farm, dairy farm and summer home.

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • water
  • barns/structures
  • housing

Water access description:

There is dug well and a drilled well near the house. Two springs are located on the east side of the property and have been used in the past for watering livestock.

Barns/structures description:

A barn located near the farm house which could be used to house livestock or equipment.

Farmer housing description:

The house was built in 1826. Recent retrofits have included a new roof, insulation, and propane heaters. The south side is designed for passive solar gain, including a heat sink.

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:

Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Livestock/crops description :

In the past the farm supported beef cattle, horses, sheep, goats, chickens and more! Currently there are established plantings of nut trees, fruit trees, asparagus, berries and a vegetable garden. The owner has had a long term interest in saving and growing heirloom apples, persimmons, cherries, and peaches. She has also been breeding and propagating blight resistance in chestnuts and has at least 30 productive bearing trees. The property lends itself best to perennial production, although there are areas which are appropriate for annual crop production.

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options:

The main goal of the owner is to find a farmer who will manage the farm sustainably. She is very flexible and willing to entertain creative relationships with a new farmer.

Additional Information

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

Access for cars is a problem and so restricts public access to the property.

The farm has been organic for the past 30 years and the owner would like to find a new owner who would continue to manage the farm organically. The preferred and best use of the property may be as a homestead, subsistance farm, ecological education center, wildlife rehabilitation facility, or similar endeavors.

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?:

No

Any additional information about this property:

The property forms a bowl and is surrounded by wooded ridges. It feels very private and is quiet. It is located in a farming area and just north of the village of Greenwich.