Apt on Goat farm near Amherst, MA Sept 1 (possibly sooner)

Posted on November 15, 2018Last updated 5 days ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

Western Massachusetts near Amherst, Pelham Hills

Total number of acres available with this property:

9.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

2.0

Acres of pasture:

3.0

Acres of forested land:

4.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land

Goat walk trails, open fields and budding Silvo/coppice pasture, 3 Season stream, old beaver pond, cottage, very small cabin, fenced in goat pastures, barn with hayloft, chicken coop with solar door, fenced. terracing on contour 2 gardens, wetland in back with pond and stream

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

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

No

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

Yes

If the property is contracted to be sold through a real estate agent, please provide name of agent and/or agency and the MLS #:

not for sale
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Drilled well
River/stream

Water sources details

deep well water on top of mountain in Pelham Hills

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Ideally we are looking to collaborate and share our homestead with younger farmers wanting to learn goat keeping and ecological farming. This is a small educational homestead not a commercial farm. For years we raised dairy goats. Looking to work with people to develop a community farm featuring goat walks.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

We'd like to have a couple with good communication skills and a strong desire to collaborate with older experienced farmers. Opportunity to start a land based business and participate in educational programs.

Equipment and machinery

None available

Equipment and machinery details

lawn mower, scythe, garden tools, goat milking equipment
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Other

Other tenure arrangement

we are looking for an organic or biodynamic farmer or couple who have interest in or experience with homesteading and permaculture farming, Wanting to develop our 9 acre homestead with pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, geese, etc., with next generation of farmers. Looking for "farmbody" "homebody" type of person who has outside job and a passion for ecological, healthy living.
Additional Information

Description

We have had a small goat dairy for 10 years and have been gardening and homesteading here for 25 years.  The land is hilly with a few plateaus and a few acres of fenced in rough pasture. It has two gardens, a developing forest garden and two greenhouses.  Prefer a person with some farming experience and a passion for learning and collaborating with another experienced farmer who will be here part time.   Land is not certified organic but we have been raising food organically since we started 27 years ago.   

The neighborhood is friendly and supportive of sustainable living and transition town with a pre school and eco-village up the street.  The land is open and wooded with a coppice pasture of maple, oak, birches, witch hazel, hemlock, white pine and has been enriched tremendously by having the goats and chickens on it.  Deep well water.  Being on a country road yet so close to Amherst has been wonderful. Sunsets are spectacular here. 

We are looking for people who are interested in developing a community farm with a focus on humane livestock management and possibly for help with running farm programs for children and families using Permaculture methods.    

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