Still Point Community Farm

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Property Location
103 Amenia Union Road, Amenia, NY
[Dutchess County]
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80 acres available
40 open acres for farming
40 wooded acres / other

Property Description

Soil types:

copake, stockbridge, wayland, halsey

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

Farm consists of three parcels. All or part of two parcels are available for lease and eventual sale. The third  parcel is owner-occupied with two gardens and berries.  Main flat field of about 17 acres of prime farmland soil has good cover of red clover.  Previously used to grow organic vegetables for csa and market.  A small garlic crop is currently rotated around that field & the rest is cut for hay.  Garlic is grown using biodynamic and organic practices but not certified.  All rolling grassy farmland is cut for hay.  A second flat field of about 8 acres has some alfalfa and clover on it, also cut for hay. Webutuck Creek runs through the farm and there are wetland areas as well as about 10 wooded acres.  Organic and biodynamic practices have been used on the land since purchased in 1991 and 1997.  Formerly certified organic,  so it should still be certifiable as organic. 

Farm history / past uses of the property:

Farm consists of parts of two former dairy farms.  Land was used for hay, grazing, field crops such as oats and corn.  Lots of manure was applied. From 1998-2003, we grew vegetables, herbs, and berries for csa, farmers market, and restaurants.  We were certified biodynamic and organic and have continued to follow those practices. From 2004 onward, we have specialized in garlic, then added strawberries. Most of the land has been cut for hay, some of which we compost or use for mulch. and some of which we sell to horse and dairy farmers. 

Farm Infrastructure

Infrastructure and equipment:

  • water
  • housing
  • equipment
  • electrical

Water access description:

Creek runs through property & is used for irrigation.  Two wells, one for each house, are sometimes used for irrigation.  There is a farm pond near the main house, and a wetland area with multiple springs.

Farmer housing description:

There are two houses.  Main farmhouse is owner-occupied. The farm cottage is near the main field. It has one large and two small bedrooms, two full bathrooms, living room, eat-in kitchen, laundry, and a mudroom. Central heat (oil) & central AC.  The cottage was renovated about five years ago and is well-maintained.

Equipment description:

Most of our equipment is old so these would only possibly be available for limited use in start-up: 70 hp tractor with spader to make beds, disc, chain harrow, springtooth harrow, seeder, bush hog, irrigation pipe and sprinklers. New pump.   A greenhouse with benches and boiler-- not currently in use, is available.   

Crops and Livestock

Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:

Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Ornamentals, Hay, Other Crops

Livestock/crops description :

Permitted: fruit, nuts, vegetables, grains, flowers, dried beans and other legumes, herbs, oilseeds such as sunflowers, hay.  Possible new crops such as hemp. Cover-cropping is essential.  Bees would be great!  Fiber animals or horses would be possible, but good fencing would be needed.  Livestock, such as rescue animals, kept only to enhance soil fertility might be possible.  In general, a diversified use of the land is desired. 

Tenure Options

Tenure options:

For Lease, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options:

A short-term lease to start, on a minimum of five acres with the farm cottage.  Sale within a few years of two parcels with the farm cottage, or all three parcels with both houses, or part of the land, requiring a different division of the land is quite possible. 

Additional Information

Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:

Organic or biodynamic management-- certification not required, but farmer must be familiar with and meet organic standards, so no gmos, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc.  A plan for crop rotation and fertility management would have to be agreed. No animals being raised for meat production are permitted.  

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