6 acres for lease (pasture or market garden) - Bath, NH

Posted on April 29, 2022Last updated 3 weeks ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Private non-farming landowner

Property Location:

Porter Road, Bath, NH

Total number of acres available with this property:

6.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

0.0

Acres of pasture:

6.0

Acres of forested land:

0.0

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

No

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

No

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

No
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Other

Water sources details

The lower portion of the property is perennially wet and has the potential to be developed into a spring.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

The property has a gravel driveway that can be used by the farmer. The 12x20 shed is reserved for the landowner. There is an outhouse with a sawdust bucket toilet that is available to the farmer.

Farmer housing

None available

Equipment and machinery

None available
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent

Property for lease

Property will initially be available for a short-term lease, with potential for longer leases dependent on tenant performance.
Additional Information

Description

The parcel is approximately 6.8 acres total (approx. 6 acres available for lease; owner will retain access to one area for camping) and is a north-south oriented narrow rectangle shape measuring approx 1250 ft x 200 ft. The property is bounded to the west by Porter Road and to the north, south, and east by mostly forested rural residential properties. It has a mild northerly slope (0-8% per soil mapping). The upper elevation (south) is mostly grass with some areas of bedrock outcrops. The lower elevation (north) is typically wet in the spring but generally dries out throughout the summer with some areas that can stay moist. These moist areas have the potential to be developed into springs to supply water to the farming operation, conceivably with the use of a tenant-supplied solar-powered pump to a holding tank on the height of land to create a gravity-fed water supply. The entire property is generally grass or old meadow with a perimeter of mature trees. The south half has been mowed consistently whereas the north half is mowed every 5 years or so to control tree sucession. There are wild apple trees scattered across the property.

Based on our review of historical aerial photos and topo maps, we believe this property was initially developed as sheep pasture during the 1800s Merino wool boom and may have been subsequently cultivated with corn and/or hayed. The surface is remarkably stone-free but digging deeper reveals the stony nature of the glacial soil. This land likes to grow grass and would be best suited for intensive managed rotational grazing of smaller species like chicken and sheep.

We acquired the property in 2015 with the intent of building a home and moving onto the land. That plan changed and we now use the property occassionally for camping. A small portion of the land will be reserved for our continued recreational use. We would now like to develop this land as an agricultural asset by seeking a tenant farmer. Our goals for leasing the land are fairly straighforward:

  • Alleviate the tax burden by generating rental income
  • Reduce the labor required to mow the land
  • Improve the fertility and productivity of the land via managed grazing.

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