Ramble-Rock Farm

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Property Location
Buskirk, NY
[Rensselaer County]
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255 acres available
125 open acres for farming
130 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

Pittstown and Bernardston gravelly silt loam, Nassau soils

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

About 75 acres of generally sloping cropland are in hay, with about 50 more acres used mostly as pasture.  Intensive, rotational dairy grazing over the last few years has been effective in improving the pasture quality.

The wooded area is laced with old stone walls and contains a mix of hard and softwoods.  A rustic cabin tucked away in the woods, walking trails along easy terrain nearby, and beautiful views from the clearings provide restful recreation for family members and visitors. 

Farm history / past uses of the property:

Farm has been in same family over 200 years, during which time it has been used for raising sheep, chickens, beef, and a dairy, depending on the people's interests and changing economic times.   

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • fencing
  • water
  • barns/structures
  • housing
  • equipment

Fencing description:

Some high-tensile perimeter / interior fencing.

Water access description:

Well has good flow rate; supplied former 100-cow dairy operation.  Several seasonal springs provide additional water in pastured areas.

Barns/structures description:

Free-stall barn; additional 3-story barn (originally for chickens) and other outbuildings

Farmer housing description:

Large house has 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 half-baths, 2 kitchens, storage areas; good for large family or in-law housing.  Hot water and heat are supplied by either a fuel oil furnace or large outdoor wood burner. Though parts of house were built in 1790's, whole structure was remodeled in 1980's, and has been well-maintained. 

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, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Livestock/crops description :

No synthetic chemicals have been applied in over 10 years. Intensive, rotational grazing practices have been used on the pastures in recent years, with good results.  Cropland has been in hay for over 15 years.

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options:

Christian couple, 1/4 owners, seeking like-minded partners to buy out other 3 owners and establish a farm operation and Christian community for outreach.  Bethel Redding oriented. : )

Additional Information

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

Prefer organic practices, but other operations negotiable.

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:

This is a picturesque farm with a lot of possiblities.  Located on a well-traveled county road less than an hour from several cities, it has great potential for combining farming with public interest uses.