Cold Spring Farm

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Property Location
304 County Route 28, Granville, NY
[Washington County]
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350 acres available
100 open acres for farming
250 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

Naturally Clay Like

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

Property is in excellent condition and really has endless possibilities! There are currently a few different ventures going on at the property, but there is still plenty of room for something new! Landowners have an excavation and construction business and are open to working with a farmer on creating what they need. Our long term goal is to complete the homestead, make it income producing be selling our home grown food, firewood, and renting/leasing parts of the property. We intend to build 7 cabins throughout the property as time, finances, and resources allow. These will be for people wanting to live on site in exchange for work on the farm or as rentals.  

There are currently the following operations going on at the property: 

Open Mowed Pastures - We lease a specific electric fenced in piece of land to a local farmer who keeps his young female calves there in exchange for mowing some of our larger sloping parcels for hay.

Sand/Manure enriched 150 x 50 ft Fenced Garden with a Shed with a large variety of vegetables and fruit trees/bushes planted - Currently being Utilized & Room for additional Gardens with Irrigation

Hops Yard Set Up - No Production in 2019 

Pumpkin Patch

There is a network of navigable paths and roads throughout the land for hiking, ATVs, snow mobiles, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. 

Campsites are Available and there is a Spring/Summer/Fall Outhouse & Outdoor Shower on site.

Red Ranger Meat Chickens and Egg Layers have been introduced the farm and we are making a movable free range pen and coop. 

Acquiring a TimberWolf Wood Processor Brand New and intend to use to sell process and sell firewood and also keep for personal use for cabins.

Hunting is Allowed

To really get a good idea of all the property includes check out the lisitng for Cold Spring Farm on Hipcamp: https://www.hipcamp.com/new-york/cold-spring-farm-trails/cold-spring-far...

Farm history / past uses of the property:

This homestead originally was used as a dairy farm and for slate mining. 

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • water
  • barns/structures
  • housing
  • electrical

Water access description:

Options for water access:

3 abandoned slate quarry holes - One is good for swimming & we often use the slate for building material on site

2 Ponds for Irrigation - for the cows and for the watering of the Hops/Gardens

Natural Spring - For Drinking & Swimming

Barns/structures description:

Electricity is run between all the barns from the main home.

4 Storage Barns with Various Uses .

Underground Root Cellar

Yoga Pergola

Greenhouse with Regulated Heat 

Farmer housing description:

Currently Building a modern Small Studio Apartment in one of the renovated barns (to be rented). Completion due soon. 

There are also many campsites on the property that could be used if someone had an RV or other self contained unit. Water and electrical could be provided. Arrangements for waste and grey water removal would have to be made. Landowners could also work with farmer/gardener/caretaker to find a spot on the property to be cleared for a mobile tiny home/RV/campsite. 

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, Equine, Goats/Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Other livestock

Livestock/crops description :

Currently there are vegetables, hops, chickens, and some cattle on site. Open to working with a farmer who wants a little land to use themselves. Would have to follow organic practices as the rest of the property is organic. Not certified, but follow organic methods. 

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

For Lease, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options:

Couple of options being considered: 

Option A-farmer to use and maintain the hop yard. All infrastructure is available for the hops and three years ago the landowners harvested a crop. Since then the plants have just been maintained. 

Option B-Act as a part time farm hand-Landowners currently work with a full time farm hand to maintian and use the property. There is a possibility for a third party to be brought in. Person could have site to live (campsite or clear an area) and a small amount of land to use themselves in exchange for help around the property when landowners are not availble. 

Additional Information

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:

We also own a historic brick building in the center of Granville. It is not used, could be an opportunity to use it to sell wares, make into a cooperative, or transformed into retail/housing. We thought to maybe make it an antique dealership... Ideas welcome. All taxes are paid and it is ready for build out. Wife is a real estate agent, she can negotiate sale or use as a rental.