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NY State: Seeking New Leadership & Land Transition at a 501c3 Nonprofit Farm

 
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This is a call-out for new staff and board leadership, to take over management of Unadilla Community Farm, a 501c3 nonprofit agroforestry farm in West Edmeston, NY that donates 100% of its produce to food pantries and mutual aid groups. This includes a transition of land ownership that ensures guaranteed access for the non-profit to continue its operations.

Background: 2024 is Unadilla Community Farm’s 11th season, and our fifth as a 501c3 nonprofit. We are incredibly proud of where Unadilla Community Farm has come, from our first season bushwhacking fields of goldenrod to where we are today. Now, ten years later, Unadilla Community Farm is a thriving 501c3 non-profit supported by generous recurring donors, foundations, and grants. We donate 100% of our produce to food pantries, mutual aid groups, and herbal clinics, which amounted to over $43,500 worth of produce in 2023. Over the past 10 years, 228 people from across 6 continents have participated in our education programs. We have transformed an abandoned corn field, regenerating the land and establishing a 1-acre multi-story “food forest” that is one-of-a-kind in the region. The food forest currently features over 160 varieties of perennial, cold-hardy crops, including over 350 fruit and nut trees; over 480 berry-producing shrubs; ⅓ of an acre of culinary and medicinal herbs; and over 4,600 square feet of bed space for annual vegetables. Now it is time for us to pass the torch on to the next generation, to share all of the knowledge, skills, and lessons we’ve learned in founding this one-of-a-kind non-profit farm education center.

Acreage & Farm Set-Up: The total land parcel that is for sale is 11.35 acres. The farm comes fully equipped with all tools and infrastructure to run the operation, including a drip irrigation system, timber-framed barn, high tunnel, skoolie, and tiny home.

Price & Land Acquisition Process: The asking price for the farm is $50,000 (plus $25,000 for the tiny home if desired -- see listing page for more details). The land is currently privately owned, with a guaranteed long-term $1/year lease for the non-profit. We are open to creative models that ensure continuation of the non-profit’s operations, whether the land transfers to new private ownership, the non-profit itself purchases the land, another non-profit entity purchases the land, a land trust purchases the land, an agrarian commons is created, etc.

Timeline: We are committed to a seamless transition and will onboard the new staff and board team throughout the next year, passing on all aspects of the non-profit’s operations, management, and programming. Interested parties are also invited to apply to 2024 paid staff positions at the farm — Farm Fellowship positions are currently open as a potential pathway for monetary compensation for the new team’s time during the onboarding process — click here for more details and to apply.

For more details, please visit our listing on the NY Farmland Finder website here.

Please complete this short application form to express interest in assuming the operations and management of Unadilla Community Farm, including the land ownership transition: https://form.jotform.com/240254967269063

For questions, please contact unadillacommunityfarm@gmail.com.

We’re so excited to see what the next 10 years hold in store for Unadilla Community Farm.

~Greta Zarro, Co-Founder & Board President
~Ben Tyler, Co-Founder & Project Manager
 
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