20 acres for lease - Easthampton, MA

Posted on December 6, 2021Last updated 1 month ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Private non-farming landowner

Property Location:

Easthampton, MA

Total number of acres available with this property:

20.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

20.0

Acres of pasture:

0.0

Acres of forested land:

0.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

There are also 30-40 acres of woods and areas some of which have been flooded by recent beaver activity.

Is the property enrolled in a current use or other state program that affects property taxes?:

Yes

Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?:

Yes

Easement details:

The land has been under an APR since the 1980s. The property has not been part of the APR improvement program.

Is there a forest management plan for forestland on the available property?:

Yes

Is the property certified organic, or does it qualify for organic certification under federal organic regulations?:

Yes
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Town/municipal water

Water sources details

The property has a single connection to town water. Sections of buried pipe carry water to two hydrants. The property is not connected to town sewer so only rate for water is charged. The property is located over an aquifer and a well would likely not be permitted.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Approx. 20 acres open flat land; mostly sandy, well-draining soil, some areas are rocky. Once cultivated (hay & corn); used as pasture for last 10 years. Approx. 15 acres fenced with four-strand high tensile wire, though some sections currently require repairs. Space is available in a tobacco barn. More space may be available in a second barn.

Farmer housing

None available

Farmer housing details

There is no farmer housing currently available but there are nearby rentals. There is zoning for an additional dwelling and landowners open to exploring options as part of a long-term agreement.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

There is a New Holland tractor and some attachments that could be made available as part of a land lease or by separate agreement.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent

Property for lease

Will consider short-term (1-3 years) or long-term (up to 10 years) lease. A long term lease could also include a future purchase option or right of first refusal (separate from the state’s APR right of first refusal), or shared ownership with current landowner. Due to APR deed restrictions the property—which includes an occupied home and one acre of non APR land, two barns, and approximately 60 acres—cannot be subdivided.
Additional Information

Description

The property is located in a rural residential neighborhood, with other farms nearby. It is close to both downtown Easthampton and Northampton.

We lucked into the property about thirteen years ago and have been living here for the last twelve years. Before our arrival, the property was used for hay and corn silage, but had not been actively managed for a couple decades. We ran a small, diversified livestock operation (cattle, pigs, chickens, and turkeys) from 2009 through 2014 then scaled back due to off-farm employment. We sold off our cattle in 2019. Our only "farming" activity at this point is a small hobby flock of layers.

The last two years we have rented pasture to a neighbor for seasonal grazing, but for the long term good of the property, we'd like to handoff control to someone who will more actively manage the agricultural land. Our preference is to move away from raising livestock and back towards vegetable or crop cultivation, but we are open to talking with anyone excited to invest time and energy in this property. If our situation was different, we'd consider selling the agricultural land. However, our APR does not allow us to subdivide the property and we do not anticipate being ready to move for at least ten years.

We are happy to provide the exact address, soil maps, the APR, or photos to interested folks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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