As our business expanded, we ran out of land to farm in New Jersey. So, in 2010, we purchased a 400-acre property on County Route 17 in Fort Ann, NY. We converted the dairy barns for our hog operation and transitioned the fields to hay. In 2016, we purchased the 150-acre Gibbs Road Farm in Hartford, NY. And, in 2017 we purchased an additional 250-acres of farmland in Hartford, NY, as well as 300-acres in Fort Edward, NY.
Along the way, we fell in love with the rural beauty of the area and we have moved our business headquarters to Washington County as well.
At our New York farm locations we raise 100% grass-fed beef (Red Angus, Black Angus, Simmental, and Hereford).
One of our Fort Ann, NY locations is a 400-acre farm that provides additional pasture for our cattle. It’s also an excellent resource for our winter forages. An additional location in Granville, NY is 150-acres and also provides much needed pasture and outbuildings that support our ever expanding agricultural operation in New York.
In June 2019, we purchased three more farms in NY. We added 169 acres of pasture and crop land on Brayton Road in Fort Ann, NY. And, we also added an additional 100 acres and an additional 79 acres on County Route 46 in Fort Edward, NY for hay land and pasture land.
Our most recent addition of farm land came in May 2020, as we agreed to lease with the option to buy a 625 acre farm in Kingsbury, NY.
We are protecting our Upstate NY farm land in Hartford, Fort Ann and Fort Edward, through a state farmland protection grant given to us by the governor’s office in December 2018.
If you want to buy locally produced food, you have to conserve the land, you have to protect the farmers, and you have to support the agricultural infrastructure. This is a great place to farm. We’re here for the long-term and we want to make sure there is a solid base of farms, farmers and farm businesses. We want to build partnerships with other farmers to ensure that this area doesn’t become overrun with development.
As the industry continues to change, we had a need to downsize our farming operations, which required the closing of our VA farm locations and will mean the phasing out of our NJ locations as well. Going forward, our NY farm lands will be the primary source of our operations.