Greene County ny farms for sale include: livestock (horse, diary, cattle, hogs, poultry, goats), crop, fruit, vegetable farms. The most popular farming areas are Catskill, Cairo, Athens, New Baltimore and Greenville. The Columbia County Land Conservancy and similar organizations have been working hard to preserve farm land through a variety of practices including forever agricultural easements. From the perspective of the local farmer they are a mixed blessing: resulting in initial premiums for implementing the easements, but adversely affecting the value of the farm land for future development.
Greene County NY Farms For Sale
We see an increasing trend to small farms which sell directly to the public. Young dedicated farmers and early retirees are spurring the growing movement. Smaller farms marketing directly to the public are on the increase. They are supplying the growing farm to market movement and helping populate urban farmers markets. Another phenomenon is the move to organic farms and those specializing in grass fed beef.
Beef farms have sprung up veering away from antibiotic laced food to natural grass feed. Other farms grow organic vegetables. Local cheeses, meats and ice creams are on the rise using local livestock, including cows, sheep, llamas, buffalo and goats. And the growth of local horse farms, though slowing in the past several years, has been impressive, spurred on by the success of New York State horse racing.