Runamuk Farm

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Property Location
Cambridge, NY
[Washington County]
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40 acres available
20 open acres for farming
20 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

Bernardston gravelly silt loam

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

Property is currently used for rotational grazing of a few cows and sheep.  I also have pigs, but keep them moslty in the woods.  You would be free to determine how you would like to use the property.

Farm history / past uses of the property:

At least part of the property was hayed until 2015 when the animals began grazing on it. 

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

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

Fencing description:

I have electric fencing and about a 2 acre area with woven wire/horse fencing.  There is also some electro net to move the sheep around.  There is a GPS around the property for the livestock guardian dogs.  I had it installed last year and have not trained them to it yet.  This would help immensly in keeping rabbits and deer etc. off the property and out of any market gardens. 

Water access description:

There is a well which is fine for animals and the house.  There is no infrastructure in place for irrigation.  The soil holds water well and is on a slope so it is well drained.  I may drill a well at the top of the property to gravity feed down the slope.  Water is easy to find in this area.  There is a small spring that surfaces at the top of the property.  I suspect that could be made into a pond and there is another at the bottom of the property just beyond our backyard.  There are small year round ponds in the woods from an old shale excavation operation.  They always have water in them.

Barns/structures description:

30x96 green house is currently used to allow shelter for animals in the winter.  A couple of small sheds are used for pigs and chickens, but could be used for storage. 

Farmer housing description:

I do not have seperate housing, but do host WWOOFers occassionally and would be willing to allow someone to stay in the house for a  period to give them the opportunity to find other suitable accomodations or put a camper or yurt or other structure on the property.

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 :

I currently have a few cows and sheep that are rotationally grazed on the property.  I am amenable to handing most of that operation over or selling the current animals to make room for a new business.  The calves are sold or slaughtered for beef milk is drunk or fed to pigs.  

There are:

  • 4 dairy cows, mix of holstein or Jersey, and a Dexter bull to breed them to.
  • 3 purebred Berkshire sows
  • a mixed heritage breed sow
  • a Purebred Berkshire Boar
  • 6 Cotswold ewes and one ram
  • a mix of laying hens about 30
  • Muscovy ducks about 12

Any of these operations could be easily expanded by not selling offspring or by purchasing more.  The land can accomodate more animals, but my schedule cannot.  I am also open to market gardens, greenhouses, etc.  My small operation is flexible and negotiable for anyone wanting to take over and expand it or use the land for other operations.

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options:

I am looking for a short or long term lease or partnership. 

There are thriving markets around here and successful CSAs so people are educated about local food and many are very interested.  We are lucky!  I work full time and am not willing to leave my job so more than what I am doing is not feasible with out help.  I just had a WWOOFer here for three weeks and it was amazing.  I am now caught up with fencing and have a new chicken tractor built by her!  Ideally someone would come in and take over the farming.  I would be glad to allow someone to take over and keep any revenue from sale of animals or meat and/or do their own thing seperate from what currently exists.   I have no issue sharing the house with someone while they settle in.  The house has a living room and a family room along with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, etc.  So easy to share for a while.  There are many properties around here that are affordable and nearby so it would not take long to find a rental.  Building on the property is not out of the question either.

Additional Information

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

I am not interested in having a lot of chemicals on the property.  Organically certified pesticides, fertilizers etc. would be fine.  The property is zoned agricultural and there are no restrictions on what we can have. 

The nearest neighbor is 1/4 mile away and there are only three year round residences on the road.  Nothing within eyeshot which is nice.

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


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


Any additional information about this property:

There is an amazing view.  There are 2 small ponds on the property in the woods from removal of red shale that was used for dye at one point in time.  They are small and pretty, but not of use other than to allow the pigs to wet themselves occasionally.  Water is easy to find anywhere on the property.  An additional well would be easy to do and I am willing.  There are 2 springs on the property.  It is about 1/2 woods with some oak and other nut trees in with the pine and beech etc.  Pigs roam and eat acorns in the fall.  I am on a dirt road, but it might be a nice place for Christmas trees or other ventures that have customers come to the farm seasonally.  It is peaceful and lovely here. 

The farm is about 30 minutes from Saratoga Springs and 40 minutes from Troy, both of which have thriving farmer's markets.  There are other markets here as well.  It is 3.5 hours from the NYC green market.