Life on the Farm

Scotch Valley Ranch has been a working 950-acre farm owned by John Houshmand for almost two decades.  In addition to cultivating hemp, John also grows hay — a mixture of orchard grass, timothy and clover — which is delivered across the United States. The hay is known to be especially great for thoroughbred horses.

Scotch Valley Ranch is in the watershed of New York City, and is in an easement protected from development for life. The farm has never put any chemicals on any of the fields. Although not certified organic, the ranch is truly organic.

Another source of income for SVR is John’s architecture furniture shop which uses wood from nearby forests and employs ten local citizens. John’s designs have been featured in many well known restaurants in NYC such as Nobu and in many private residences and collections. Go here to see his website and examples of his work.

Scotch Valley Ranch is full of life: Pepper, the dog, watches over the entire farm, geese who sometimes greet visitors, deer cavort in the far pastures while John’s daughter and her friends find streams to explore, forests to hike, ponds to swim in and barns and other small buildings to discover. Luther is mowing the grass for hay and makes the round stacks seen in French paintings and in the pastures of many American farms.

Then there are the four acres of hemp grown for CBD and watched over by John and his staff of hemp experts and young adults who have tended the plants by hand.