Otter Creek Farm is located on 440 acres near the Tomhannock Reservoir in Rensselaer County, NY. Situated an hour south of the Adirondack State Park within 35 miles of Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy, NY and Bennington, VT. There are 200 tillable, 100 pasture and 140 wooded acres on a mixture of prime and statewide importance soils. The Wiley family has farmed in the town of Pittstown since the early 1790’s and has owned Otter Creek Farm since 1882. The farm has been operated as a conventional dairy since 1937. In February of 2018, the dairy herd was sold. Currently, the farm raises a variety of pastured animals that include: meat chickens, egg laying chickens, pigs, grass-fed cows and turkeys. There is also a 20-acre chestnut tree orchard owned and managed by a young farmer from Massachusetts, Russ Wallack and Breadtree Farms.
Elizabeth is a new addition to the farm just as most of the other animals are on the farm. Originally from Cincinnati, OH but imported to NY from Lexington, KY. She is passionate about animals, food, and farming. After years of searching for local, “clean”, healthy food and working with struggling farmers she decided to grow her own food and create the life she envisioned. A simple, grateful life surrounded by abundance. She is excited to share a little of this life with you!
Brad grew up on Otter Creek Farm with his grandparents, parents, and sister. He is the 5th generation farmer focused on creating a diversified farm that supports his family (the next generation) and community. He has an avid interest in history and is a walking encyclopedia of family genealogy and local history. If you find him not working, hopefully, you may have the opportunity to learn more about this farm, family, and community...some opinions too!