Does anyone have any information on becoming a noncommercial farm. While I live in New York State, any information would be helpful. The local zoning codes define a noncommercial farm as "Any parcel of land in excess of five (5) acres where all or part of the land is used for the production of farm products for private consumption, or for sale with an average gross sales value of less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.)." I've contacted the town, city, county and will probably have to contact someone in a state department in the near future. The town acknowledged that the classification exists but no one has been able to tell me how to apply. The area I live in a rural area. A new expressway has the area budgeoning with building activity as the roadway provides quick access to a large city. My neighbor to the east brought in the heavy equipment last fall to clear some of the hardwoods and level some of the property. It's a prime piece of real estate and will fetch more money as housing lots than he would make in the next fifty years. Can't say as I blame him if he goes that route. I've invested a lot of time and sweat in my homestead and have concerns that I will eventually be shut down because some upitty new neighbor gets a bug up their backside about living next to a farm with livestock. I'm thinking that classification as a noncommercial farm will 'grandfather' the operation for as long as I work the property. Any ideas / suggestions will be sincerely appreciated.