Millbrook, New York
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15 acres available
3 open acres for farming
12 wooded acres / other
Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
Stonewood Farm is a small, certified-organic vegetable and flower farm heading into its fifth season. We employ a "market gardening" approach to farming, growing on a small scale (approximately 1 to 1.5 acres) using intensive methods. We rely primarily on small machinery (compact tractor with front loader and tiller and a BCS tiller) and simple hand tools for field cultivation. The property is entirely deer fenced and includes soil suitable for farming, a ½ acre pond, irrigation from a designated well, an eight-year-old apple orchard, and a ½ acre of raspberry and blueberry bushes. We have a new equipment barn, a heated 26 by 48 foot greenhouse, a walk-in cooler, a washing station, and a chicken house with fenced yard. We currently sell at the Millbrook Farmers’ Market and to our local restaurants and grocery store. We also co-founded a food pantry and donate each week. You can learn more about us at www.stonewoodny.com.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
2018 will be the Farm's fifth season.
Infrastructure and equipment:
Entire property is deer fenced with cattle guards at the two entrances
Water access description:
Well designated for irrigation
Equipment barn with walk-in cooler and heated inside washing station; 26' x 48' heated greenhouse; chicken house with fenced yard
Farmer housing description:
One bedroom on-site apartment including utilities
Compact John Deere tractor with front loader, brush hog and tiller; BCS with tiller implement; tilther; broad fork; all tools and equipment
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
Vegetables, herbs, berries, apple orchard, flowers, chickens for eggs
Description of tenure options:
This is a paid Farm Manager position. It is an excellent opportunity for a farmer who has the ambition and skills to operate his/her own farm but doesn’t have the necessary resources. The applicant must be able to create and implement a business plan that allows the farm to be economically sustainable. The person hired will have significant input into the direction of the farm as well as decisions regarding layout and design, plant selection, propagation, growing, community outreach, and distribution.
The applicant must have at least three years growing experience (including working in a managerial capacity) with demonstrable business acumen to operate a successful, sustainable farm. Experience should include the following:
organic vegetable, flower, and berry production;
record keeping and budget planning;
crop planning and rotation;
compost, soil and organic pest and weed management;
chicken and egg production;
greenhouses and drip irrigation systems;
maintaining a social media presence;
familiarity with selling to wholesale restaurant accounts and at weekly farmers’ markets;
managing interns and/or volunteers; and
use and maintenance of all types of farm equipment and tools.
The applicant must be hardworking, an organized manager of his/her time, and be able to efficiently balance the multiple demands of farm life. S/he must be articulate, well spoken and a people-person who can build and foster relationships with customers, chefs and the local community. S/he must be a self-starter, resourceful, creative, detail-oriented, neat, and respectful of the surroundings and living space. No pets (we have a farm dog) and tobacco/drug-free.
Compensation and benefits are negotiable with an incentive plan and opportunity for growth. A one bedroom, on-site apartment, including utilities, can be part of the package. We will be flexible for the right person. Farmer couples are encouraged to apply.
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
The farm will be part of a small agri-tourism business on the property. Because of the nature of the future business, the farm should be inviting, well maintained and aesthetically pleasing, as well as productive.