The Bardon-Goodbody Farm is located in Hope, New Jersey, in rural Warren County, about 65 miles due west of New York City and five miles off of I-80. Although the farm was a dairy for nearly a century, for the past six years it has been farmed under the name Howling Wolf Farm as a close-loop, organic farm and CSA that has supported vegetables, poultry, hogs, beef cattle, and a small dairy herd. No synthetic chemicals have been used on the farm during that time.
Several years ago the 200-acre farm was accepted in a New Jersey farmland preservation program. The owners are now looking for a farmer with a similar commitment to conserving farmland and a progressive approach to farming that can sustain this farm into the future.
The farm rental includes use of all fields and farm buildings. About 95 of the acres are tillable, although most of these acres have been used as pasture in recent years. Approximately 80 acres are enclosed in five-strand, NRCS-cost share approved, high-tensile electric fence. Farm buildings include a large dairy barn, livestock pens, room for substantial hay storage, a two-bay garage, and a one-bay equipment shed. There are three silos on the farm: two smaller silos attached to the main barn, and a larger, free-standing one. The rental includes a well-maintained three-bedroom house. There are three other houses on the farm, one of which is used routinely by the Goodbody family.
For further information, please contact the owners (see below). We are open to discussing creative and alternative ideas for farming this beautiful piece of land.
The farm has been rotationally grazed and managed for the past four years, with good pasture fertility;
* 13 acres have been used for vegetable-cover crop rotation
* organic and biodynamic growing practices were followed
* the land was worked with high regard for natural ecosystems and their interplay and relationship with the cultivated acreage.
Wild plant and animal populations were supported and respected.
* there are excellent populations of wild plant (nettle, burdock, dandelion, amaranth, lamb’s-quarter, and more) in the unmanaged
areas for foraging-minded farmers