Turnkey farm for sale less than 200 miles from Manhattan!
This property, approximately 3 hours from NYC, is bursting with potential. Move in immediately to the updated, modern farmhouse and start making money promptly with the operating 5A poultry processing plant. This property is ripe for the right entrepreneurial farmer to make it his own.
The farm’s Garden of Spices brand is well known in the finest shops, restaurants, and farmers markets in NYC. The farm sold a variety of poultry, eggs, wild edibles, mushrooms, vegetables and value added items wholesale and retail for gross sales of approximately $500,000.
Garden of Spices was built around a poultry processing plant which processed poultry for themselves and others. The farm’s 5A facility is the only one currently serving Washington and Rensselaer counties, although customers came from much further because of the quality. The farm sold 95% of their products into NYC markets. Complementary enterprises such as mushrooms, vegetables, and foraged wild edibles were also an important part of the business. A 20C commercial kitchen was used to value add poultry products such as broth, pate, cut-ups, and soup. For marketing, they did 3 excellent farmers markets in NYC and a thriving wholesale business to restaurants and retail stores. The owners feel that they were only tapping a small portion of the sales that are possible in NYC.
Here is the farm website/blog . http://gardenofspices.com
Here is some media on the farm:
Market and Customer Base
The farm was focused on serving the greater NYC area since it is such a profitable market. The NYC Greenmarket association estimates that there is a 600 million dollar shortage of local food in NYC. Source http://council.nyc.gov/downloads/pdf/foodworks_fullreport_11_22_10.pdf P 4
Additionally, there are incredible local markets with 1.5 million people within 50 miles or 1 hour from the farm. Source: https://www.freemaptools.com/find-population.htm
Garden of Spices worked closely with the GrowNYC (Greenmarket parent organization) as it participated in several of the different markets over the years. Although Greenmarket doesn’t transfer markets when a business sells, GrowNYC “sees Garden of Spices as an important resource in the upper Hudson Valley and will work closely with them to establish new marketing opportunities in the NYC area.”
Enterprises (how the farm made money)
The farm had a diverse variety of enterprises that worked for the farmer and his family. He saw a need for the various items and produced them. This is not to say that other crops couldn’t be grown, in fact, a wide variety of crops/enterprises would very easily work on this property. With the right mentoring and advice, many different enterprises would be profitable.
5A processing plant
The operation was built around the 5A processing plant. You can learn more about what the 5A plant can do here. http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/livestock/slaughterhouse-map/ The plant does about $80,000 in annual revenue for customers in the surrounding area. This means that right off you have consistent monthly income. The plant will easily do 500 birds a day with 4 people. Broilers could be processed around 100 per hour, ducks around 50, turkeys around 60. Customers would bring broilers, hens, ducks, geese, guineas and turkeys to the plant for processing for home consumption and direct market sale.
The plant consists of a kill room with equipment, a processing and packaging room, and a 8x10 walk in cooler.
The farm also used the plant to process its own birds. This was another large portion of the farm income. Broilers, ducks, geese, and turkeys were raised during the summer on pasture and sold fresh and frozen to wholesale and retail outlets in NYC and locally. The on-farm freezers gave year round sales ability.
Pastured chicken and duck eggs were raised as well, weekly production was capped at 100 dozen due to competing enterprises. These sold very well into NYC where eggs can command up to $15 a dozen.
The basic certified kitchen was used to do value-added products such as charcuterie, pate, chicken stock, and more. This part of the business could be increased dramatically. In the Field Consultants has a Dan Barber trained chef on staff to help with recipe creation and development.
The farm foraged a variety of wild edibles such as fiddleheads and wood ramps in the surrounding area, new owner would be showed the locations of these patches. These provided a great income stream in the early spring when sold at the farmers markets and to chefs.
The farm has enough maple trees to produce 10-20 gallons of maple syrup. Adjoining properties might be able to be rented to up the production to 50-100 gallons.
Bag grown mushrooms were another enterprise on the farm. They were grown in climate controlled insulated containers with great success. The farm grew Oysters and Shitalki as well as a few other specialty types. This was an untapped market and production could have been scaled rapidly. Log grown mushrooms would also be a possibility with the large woodlot of white oak (ideal for mushroom production) and good supply of water.
Because of the twice weekly trips to NYC, the farm acted as a local food company for other farmers, delivering products across Manhattan. This allowed for the cost of the NYC drives to be covered by delivery surcharges. This portion of the business could be developed substantially more as well.
Possible on Farm Airbnb
The farm already has 1 off-grid cabin that could be easily rented out for stays. There are several other secluded spots on the property that would also be great cabin sites. The rustic airbnb business is currently growing rapidly!
Several acres of specialty vegetables and garlic were sold at farmers markets and to restaurants. With the frequent trips to NYC, this business could be increased exponentially especially as it was only run the last 3 years of the farm.
Click through the gallery at the right for pictures of the operation.
The farm is 63.2 acres split by an electrical right of way. The farm has been maintained chemical free and could be immediately Certified Organic.
The farm is laid out in a large rectangle, with the farmhouse set back from the road and the buildings arranged around a convenient farmyard. The farm is dissected by a stream-fed creek, which feeds into a possible pond site. A bluff protects the house and buildings from winter winds on the west.
Pasture and Tillable acreage
Garden of Spices tillable acreage is approximately 35 acres total. Approximately 20 acres is fenced with 4ft woven wire topped with 1 strand of electric to prevent predation. As it was farmed intensively for multiple years, the nutrients and organic matter are very high. In addition, there is approximately 1000 yards of compost on-site waiting to be spread. The land is composed of 3 major soil types:
- Wallington silt loam (approximately 16 acres) is a fertile, silt loam that is of statewide importance. This soil can classify as prime soil if it is tiled for drainage. Excellent production of pasture or vegetable ground (very few stones)
- Hoosic gravelly sandy loam (approximately 6 acres) is a dryer, gravelly soil.It is good for pasture but also grows excellent sweet potatoes and root crops. This soil shines in wet years as it is one of the first to dry out and be workable.
- Otisville gravelly sandy loam (approximately 3 acres) is a dryer, gravelly soil. Very similar to the Hoosic soil.
The woodlot is approximately 25 acres. It is a mix of hard and softwoods of typical northern species. The woodlot supplied firewood as well as would supply plenty of logs for mushroom growing.
The pond area is approximately 2 acres of a Madalin Silty clay loam. A ⅓ of an acre pond shell is already there from the previous owner but it could be increased much larger depending on the water storage required. When the previous pond was built, it held water well.
Four bedroom, 1.5 bath house built around 1900, completely redone and modernized less than 15 years ago, is heated with a wood boiler utilizing wood from the woodlot. It burns approximately 10-12 cords each year. House has its own, prolific well. A beautiful white oak graces the front yard, providing summer shade and a great place to picnic under.
Completely redone, beautiful kitchen with cement countertops and butcher board island. Dual ovens and gas range.
Family room, dining room, large laundry/storage room, home office, entry way, and glassed in porch round out the first floor.
New, high quality, fiber cement siding on the house, more info here on type. (http://bit.ly/2iHL0bo) Tin roof recently installed as well.
The farm has a rustic, 16x16 off-grid cabin with a 6x16 deck. Perfect Airbnb opportunity or apprentice housing! The cabin has a wood stove and is piped for a gas stove and lights. This cabin could be easily converted to electric as well.
Barns and outbuildings
The farm has 3 main outbuildings, a barn, a machinery shed/shop, and the processing facility. All buildings are indicated on the farm map.
The barn was used to house and store equipment and supplies, brood chicks, and house other animals. It has a slate roof.
The machinery shed housed equipment and contained a two bay, insulated garage with separate 200 Amp service for welding or fabrication. It has metal siding and roof for low maintenance.
The processing facility also contained the 20- C kitchen, a bathroom, storage, walk-in cooler, and the boiler that heated the house and processing facility. It has metal siding and roof for low maintenance.
A small propagation greenhouse provided plant material and transplants to the farm operation.
Right of way
A 5 acre right of way runs through the farm and is visible on the map. It is for access to the electric lines that run through the property. The power company pays if it needs to service the the lines and damages the ground. Complete updating of the lines was done in 2016, they shouldn’t need any other work for another 50 years. You can farm the property under the lines, but are not allowed to build infrastructure (buildings, greenhouses) in the right of way. A copy of the right-of-way is available for inspection.
The farm was given a mining permit to pull gravel and sand out of one of the back fields. The location is marked on the map.
The property has two wells for plenty of water. One is hooked up to the house and the other feeds the 5A facility.
An off-farm spring feeds the creek that winds through the property, giving year-round access to fresh, cold spring water. Excellent watercress opportunity!
The creek travels through an area that was at one time an ⅓ of an acre pond. The pond dam and spillway was not constructed properly and during a flash flood the dam gave way. Could easily be rebuilt. Great location in front of the off-grid cabin for possible Airbnb rental.
The farm is on a paved, well- maintained town road near the town highway department. It is minutes from the nearest town, Greenwich, NY, that has a tractor mechanic, large grocery store, hardware store and other amenities. The schools are in the top 20 in the Capital region of NY.
The farm is 25 minutes from the affluent college town of Saratoga Springs, NY, which has a thriving local food scene. Our old farm, Kilpatrick Family Farm, did over $300K each year in Saratoga alone. The summer scene is especially robust with the Saratoga Racetrack, Casino, and Saratoga Performing Arts Center all drawing major crowds. Saratoga has all major shopping stores.
Albany, NY the state capital, is located under an hour away and Albany International Airport is 50 minutes.
Garden of Spices Farm
The Garden of Spices Farm
The farm has two 200 amp services. One for the house and processing plant and another for the shop. Three phase power is available if larger equipment was to be run.
Natural gas is available on the farm from a line that runs to a local factory. Natural gas can be an extremely economical heating option, as low as ½ the cost of propane.
The property has 20+ acres of hardwood forest, and easily provides plenty of wood to heat the house and shop.
Tractors and Implements
The farm has several pieces of equipment that come with it:
A large 2WD John Deere 5045 in excellent condition with 1597 hours Value $12,000
Farmall super C narrow used for cultivating and moving wagons on the farm. Value $3000
A Nolts brand vegetable transplanter $1500
A small 3 Pt mount sprayer $500
A Nolts plastic layer $1000
A 2 row JD potato digger $2000
A 15X48 hoophouse $500
2 bottom plow $300
6 ft JD bushhog mower $1500
JD zero turn mower $2000
Various other small tools and equipment.
Insulated Containers- these insulated truck bodies were used as walk-in freezers, coolers, or mushroom growing containers depending on the season. $2000 for all three
Processing Plant Equipment
(All equipment valued at $15,000)
An 8X10 walk-in cooler is a part of the processing plant.
Stainless plucker, poultry saw, stainless scald tank, stainless cones (two sets), bulk milk tank for cooling,eviscerating line with shackles, cooling tanks, ice freezer for storing bought ice.
20 C kitchen
Basic equipment, Stove, Sinks- all equipment valued at $1000
Let’s discuss Numbers…
Farm property – Deeded 63.2 acres with house and all outbuildings. Value $300,000
Garden of Spices Business – Name, website, reputation, customer lists, records, etc. Value $150,000
Equipment – All equipment for farm. (See full list above) Value $ 40,000
Training – The owner will provide 1 week of training on farm to get you acclimated to the property, experienced in using the processing facility, and familiarized with the production model of the farm. Value $10,000
Total Value $490,000
Asking price basic farm package $329,000
The owner is open to any and all offers- let’s connect and talk about how this could become yours!!!
Looking for the next level of support?
Starting a farm or even transitioning to a new farm is tough. That’s why it can takes years to get off the ground. Get coaching support from experts in the field for the first year of your farming and beyond to ensure a successful start to your operation!
If you are looking for the next level, the owner will provide 2 weeks or more of on-site training and a year of phone/video support. They will help figure out your plan for the property even if it’s not based around what the core business was.
This would include:
- Training on all production systems on the farm
- Training in production of all value added processes
- Complete training in the poultry processing facility and list of customers
- Complete list of all suppliers, sources, and resources used
- Training in NYC Farmer’s Markets and introduction to Greenmarket staff
In addition, our company, In The Field Consultants, will provide a year of access to our experts. We will also help craft initial farm plan, and help with the transition. Michael Kilpatrick, one of our senior consultants, spent the last 12 years farming in that area and knows the markets, the climate, and the production specifics of the region. In addition, he spent 3 months last year working on marketing for a NYC focused startup and will be glad to bring that expertise to the table. We will provide approximately 200 hours of support including:
- Initial farm plan development, design, and resource allocation
- Help source any additional equipment that you want for additional enterprises
- Employee job descriptions and help hiring the right team members
- Best practice information for all enterprises
- Lean efficiency review of farm processes and coaching on SOP development
- Marketing strategy and product development
- FSMA and GAP requirements and training if you want to sell to certain outlets
- Coaching and business development
- Introductions to our wide network of industry leaders
- Lifetime access to all of the online resources that we develop (courses, trainings, coaching)
- One-on-one weekly coaching sessions for the first year with one of our senior consultants
Total Value $535,000
Asking price full package $349,000
The owner is open to other ways of selling the property, feel free to reach out to discuss these.
Call us at 518-217-8595
Should I buy this farm?
No. Not unless you are an entrepreneur who can dream and see the big picture. Not unless you are willing to put in the hours to continue building a world class farm. Not unless you are willing to get your hands dirty and kill chickens, shovel poop, and pull weeds. This is not a gentleman’s farm, this is a living, breathing organism that needs a steward to take it to the next level.
We’re not saying that it is all work. There has been an incredible amount of work done on the farm and its posed to turn an excellent profit for the new owner.
Why is the farm being sold?
The owner decided to move to Alaska for family reasons.
What is currently happening on the farm?
The owners left in spring of 2016. The 5A facility is currently being rented out to another processor. The farmhouse is being rented out to a caretaker who is keeping the property up.
How can I see the property?
Contact us for more information about time/availability of showings. I will be in the area several times in the next couple of weeks/months.
I have more questions, who do I contact?
Feel free to contact me at 5182178595 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have specific questions for the owner I can put you in touch. We have additional pictures that we can share with you as well.
Who is selling the farm?
The owner is selling the farm. Our company, inthefieldconsultants.com , is assisting in the transition. We are not a realtor. I used to farm 30 minutes from here and know the area well. In 2015 we leased out our farm and moved to Ohio to be near family after we started our own family. In 2016 we started our new company to help farmers build sustainable businesses.