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Property Location
450 Long Road, East Berne, NY
[Albany County]
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101 acres available
60 open acres for farming
40 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

NuB Nunda silt loam, 3 to 8 percent slopes 26.07 32.7% 2 67.0 NuC Nunda silt loam, 8 to 15 percent slopes 22.09 27.7% 3 63.5 BuB Burdett silt loam, 3 to 8 percent slopes 14.13 17.7% 3 62.9 NuD Nunda silt loam, 15 to 25 percent slopes 12.42 15.6% 4 54.8 I

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

A beautiful 101.15 acre Holistically managed diversified Pasture-based farm, just 30 minutes to the Capital District and many area markets.  Horticulture Zone 4/5. Sustainable Agricultural practices, great organic potential!  

The property dates to the 1700s and today is an excellent grass-based operation for grazing any type of livestock - beef, sheep, alpaca, llama, goats, turkeys, geese, ducks, hens and guineas.  Ethnic market nearby for poultry and goats, especially.
 
2007 Morton barn, 36 x 60 with 4 stalls - Priefert fronts, 2 with mats; removable walls for foaling/calving; large pen, or room for 2 more stalls; storage room, tack, and feed room areas, attached full-length run-in shed and hay storage above;  6 paddocks, 2 with sheds.  Shed at the driveway for a "store".
 
Exceptional 2010 3 Bedroom, 2 full bath custom modular ranch by Manorwood Homes set off the road, 1762 sq/ft. and attic and full, walkout basement with area for future cold storage; double hung window upgrade with screens throughout.  Large southern facing windows provide passive solar benefits.  Excellent opportunity for solar installation as well!
 
Master Bed suite with walk-in closet, w/w carpet, large windows; full bath includes a roomy shower, large mirrors, and garden tub.
 
Second full bath with a custom oak cabinet.
 
Living room/parlor with w/w carpet and picture window with side sliders - total 8' window.
 
Front entry with sidelight and closet, arched doorways to adjoining rooms.
 
Carpeted family room with ceiling fan, large windows, open to kitchen and dining area with sliding glass door off dining area -- great for entertaining.
 
Kitchen has large island with cabinets/drawers and outlet; custom maple cabinets w/ full extension drawers; bump-out sink; appliances --microwave, LP 5 burner professional range with swap-out griddle and convection oven and warming drawer; newer dishwasher; new 2015 French door refrigerator with ice/water; recessed lighting with LED bulbs.
 
Laundry/mud room with front load washer, LP or electric dryer hookup; custom maple cabinets and deep utility sink.
 
Propane hot air furnace with humidifier = ~ $1,200/year for propane (heat, dryer, cooking use), electric hot water plumbed for LP. A/C ready.  Yotul "Castine" model woodstove included, located in the living area, heats the home well.  Entry lights were custom positioned on the hinge side to reduce insects near the entry side of doors.
 
Drilled well136' deep with 20+ gals/min water servicing house and barns;  another approx. 400' deep and 4 gals/min approved for use in the pasture water system (see below grant information); private septic.  Also, 2 older dug wells on the property.
 
Original 1800's farmhouse, great opportunity for renovation for use as a farm shop or vacation or hunting rental, B&B? Additional shed on the south section. 1600'  /- road frontage, both sides of the road. Foxenkill Creek on southern line, 3 seasonal streams, springs, rolling hills of hay, wooded areas, pond, trails.  Private cemetery dates to the late 1700s.   There's an old foundation on the southern portion along the creek.
 
Plenty of opportunities, well-drained soils throughout, excellent soil on the south section near the creek. Soil Ph is very good throughout, the seed bank is more than sufficient.  Currently used for pasturing sheep, horses, chickens, for hay, some wooded, some tilled/tillable. Pasture reclamation continues with planned pasture intensive rotational grazing. Sites for ponds. Kitchen garden. Lovely older apple trees - mac, yellow delicious, the wonderful and rare northern spy and a small red delicious style; plum tree; pear tree; peach tree, also naturalized elderberries. 
 
Gorgeous views, beautiful sunrises, and sunsets, lots of rainbows, quiet, private setting, southern exposure, fresh, hilltown air.  Agricultural exemption, Albany Co. Ag District, combined taxes are $5,700 with exemptions. Close to area lakes, restaurants, local hardware, post-office, churches, and convenience/gas store. Four miles from doctor's office, transfer station, Berne-Knox-Westerlo school with new FFA program, Cooperative Extension is less than 20 minutes, 4-H office, and Town library.   There are two Farmer's Markets currently utilized.  Our operation was host to public and private tours, including by request of Cornell Cooperative Extension staff, as our regenerative practices and Holistic Management practices are of great interest.  Contact Tom Gallagher, livestock specialist for further information on this property.  (518) 765-3500.

Located in one of the few remaining agricultural areas, this is a rural, country farm and will be sold as a farm.  Photos show what we have produced.  Currently grazing flock of sheep, 2 cows, 2 horses and laying hens.

Property includes perimeter Fencing on two pasture areas, totaling 5.23 acres.  One of these has divisional fencing.  A third, larger pasture area, currently has high tensile divisional only, is 11.3 acres, funded through EQIP grant.  Installation of approved water line system to serve  these pasture areas includes hydrants, troughs., AND;

Confirmed August 2020 - $50,000 grant to install perimeter 6 stand high tensile perimeter fencing on the 11.3 acre area mentioned above, plus 3 additional pasture areas, addingan additional 6.8, 4.5 and 2.5 acre paddocks.  This will bring the total fenced pasture acreage to over 30 acres.  Grant is transferable to new owner with pasture planning.

Farm business plan encouraged.  Property will be sold as a farm.

$474,900 

Farm history / past uses of the property:

Formerly a dairy farm through the 1960's.  Since then, mostly hay, and corn and oats were rotationally grown.  Upon our purchase in 2007 we began rotationally pasturing and raise lamb, mutton, pork, poultry and eggs through our holistic, regenerative ag managment practices.  We sell product on farm, deliver, at markets and at an annual Fiber Festival (from our sheep).  Additionally the property has been part of an annual local farm and artisan tour in September.

 

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

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

Fencing description:

Board, Page wire, horse fence, electric and high tensile.  As of March 1, 2020, approved for additional perimeter fencing grant of up to $50K.  Transferrable to the new owner if planning to pasture.  Will bring fenced pasture acreage to about 30 acres.

 

Water access description:

Well and a stream.  Water system to pastures are funded through EQIP grant and are approved and will be installed this spring/summer.

Barns/structures description:

2007 Morton barn, 36 x 60 - 4 stalls with Priefert fronts, 2 with mats; removable walls for foaling/calving; 2 large pens, convertible for up to 4 more stalls; storage room, tack and feed room areas, (potentially 2 more stalls) attached full-length run-in shed and hay storage above;  6 paddocks, 2 with sheds.  Shed at the driveway for a "store".  Additional shed across the road.

 

 

Farmer housing description:

Exceptional 2010 3 Bedroom, 2 full bath custom modular ranch by Manorwood Homes set off the road, 1762 sq/ft. and attic and full, walkout basement with area for future cold storage; double hung window upgrade with screens throughout.  Large southern facing windows provide passive solar benefits.  Excellent opportunity for solar installation as well!
 
Master Bed suite with walk-in closet, w/w carpet, large windows; full bath includes roomy shower, large mirrors and garden tub.
 
Second full bath with custom oak cabinet.
 
Living room/parlor with w/w carpet and picture window with side sliders - total 8' window.
 
Front entry with sidelight and closet, arched doorways to adjoining rooms.
 
Carpeted family room with ceiling fan, large windows, open to kitchen and dining area with sliding glass door off dining area -- great for entertaining.
 
Kitchen has large island with cabinets/drawers and outlet; custom maple cabinets w/ full extension drawers; bump-out sink; appliances --microwave, LP 5 burner professional range with swap-out griddle and convection oven and warming drawer; newer dishwasher; new 2015 French door refrigerator with ice/water; recessed lighting with LED bulbs.
 
Laundry/mud room with front load washer, LP or electric dryer hookup; custom maple cabinets and deep utility sink.
 
Propane hot air furnace with humidifier = ~ $1,200/year for propane (heat, dryer, cooking use), electric hot water plumbed for LP. A/C ready.  Yotul "Castine" model woodstove included, located in living area, heats the home well.  Entry lights were custom positioned on hinge side to reduce insects near entry side of doors.

Original 1800's farmhouse, great opportunity for renovation for use as farm shop or vacation or hunting rental, B&B? Additional shed on south section. 1600'  /- road frontage, both sides of road. Foxenkill Creek on southern line, 3 seasonal streams, springs, rolling hills of hay, wooded areas, pond, trails.  Private cemetery dates to late 1700's.   Foundation on southern portion along creek.

Equipment description:

N/A

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 :

We currently run 75 + sheep through rotational grazing in our regenerative ag program.  Run up to 150+ laying hens, but could do more.  Two cows and two horses.  We have raised up to 25 Turkeys/yr and could do more, 100 broilers and could do more, up to 600 guinea fowl, up to 12 hogs and could do more.  NOTE: Due to slopes and hills, most fields are best suited to pasture or hay.  Some can be and have been cultivated for corn and oats.  Fruit is a possibility as well.  Some acreage could be cultivated for vegetables.  We have sold extra produce from our kitchen garden in the past.

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Farm Management, For Sale

Description of tenure options:

For sale.  We are relocating our operation out of state.  However, there is also potential in an individual, also listing on HVFF, who is currently interested in purchasing if he can be connected with someone willing to lease from him or take on the Farm Management for him.  Details of the arrangement will be separate from sale of property.

Additional Information

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

Transfer of BMP Grant for additional perimeter fencing is contingent on future farmer rotationally grazing.  

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?:

Negotiable

Any additional information about this property:

FREE with farm purchase if desired - 77 Laying hens, with delivery route, customer base, feeders and roll of electric poultry netting and charger.

Also available if desired:

Pre-paid products with customers committed for 2020 -  26 Turkeys, 4 pigs.  All coops, feeders, etc.

300+ Square Haybales, 2020 Frist cutting, $3.50 each

As we are a working farm, we appreciate your patience while we respond to your inquiry.  Please respect our job responsibilities - Property will be shown by APPOINTMENT ONLY - no drop-ins please!  Minimum 48 hour notice.  Clean boots/shoes for biosecurity purposes.

PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB OUR LIVESTOCK OR LIVESTOCK GUARDIANS - please leave pets at home, dogs will not be allowed under any circumstances.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
 
Developers need not inquire, thank you.

Farm name is NOT included in sale.

Contact owner, [email protected] or (518) 872-9081

 

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