Catskill Farm & Livestock Company

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Property Location
3887 Beech Hill Road, Andes, NY
[Sullivan County]
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500 acres available
130 open acres for farming
370 wooded acres / other

Property Description

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

Beautiful rolling meadows in the middle of the forever wild Catskill State Forrest.  The property has been kept in pristine shape, with post and barbed wire fencing, as well as stone walls, enclosing the 120 acres of meadow.  The property is the site of a former medium scale dairy, hay and maple syrup operation.  All barns, sheds, outbuildings and on farm housing are ready to go.  Last year, about 40 cows were pastured in a relatively unstrucutred, unsupervised way - as has been done in prior years.  No lease has yet been arranged for this season.  There is an orchard with about 100 mature, productive apple trees all fully fenced.  

Farm history / past uses of the property:

Was a multigenerational dairy farm throughout much of the 1900s.  Has since been maintained and leased for pasture.  An orchard of 100 or so apple trees has been added and has now matured.  

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

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

Fencing description:

Wood post and barbed wire, and stone walls, are maintained regularly and has been sufficient for no cow escapes for several years.  About 100 of the 130 acres are now enclosed.  

Water access description:

Good water all over the property with ponds, wells and running water.  

Barns/structures description:

There are 3 large barns in excellent shape as well as multiple outbuildings.  

Farmer housing description:

There are 3 options depending on the farmer.  We could also house seasonal intern or other labor.  

Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Fruits

Types of livestock permitted on the property:

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

Livestock/crops description :

Currently a neighbor leases space for grazing, and the apple trees are harvested.  Some hay is sold.  

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Farm Management, Partnership

Description of tenure options:

We are looking for a manager/partner to come on and help develop a Stone Barn/Salatin/Judy type of farming operation.  Taking a pastured, organic (if feasible) regenerative approach to animal, crop and soil husbandry we would like to develop this operation into something special.  Owner would like to lend a hand when available and to have input into major directions and decisionmaking, but would like to leave daily operations and lattituede to the manager.  

Additional Information

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

Per above, we are looking to do an organic (or close as feasible), pastured, regenerative livestock operation to take advantage of and to build upon the fertility of the massive open meadows.  Could have a vegetable operation working along side potentially, but main push in first few years would be livestock.    

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

Yes

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

Negotiable

Any additional information about this property:

Property is 15 minutes from Livingston Manor, and up and coming Catskills (meets Brooklyn) type town.  There is a thriving community, 2 breweries, an artisinal bakery and pizzeria, the headquarters of the Catskill Art Society and Catskill Mountainkeeper, and so much else.  Also property is 5 minutes from the fabled Beaverkill River, where American dry fly fishing was invented, and countless opportunities to be outside and enjoy nature.