Charlie's Redhouse Farm, Winchendon, MA

Posted on February 2, 2018Last updated 2 weeks ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

683 River Street, Winchendon, MA 01475

Total number of acres available with this property:

51-100

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

1-5

Acres of pasture:

6-20

Acres of forested land:

21-50

Other open and/or non-farmable land

The farm has at least an acre of wetland where planting would not be possible.

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?:

Yes

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

Yes
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Water sources details

There is an abundance of water options for crop & house use, including 4 man-made drilled wells, irrigation system, a pond, and a stream.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Seedling house + 12 large hoop houses. One large barn: housing for animals on lower level; hay, equipment storage & workshop on upper level. 3 additional sheds for animal & equipment shelter. 5 giant solar land-panels generating power to farm. Fencing installed for animal grazing; ample parking available for customers and events. Small orchard.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Spacious 5 bedroom, 2 bath farmhouse, built c.1840, w/ wood stove, hdwd floors & original wood beam ceilings; some updates needed, tho presently all in working order. Large deck, large mudroom. Walk-in refrigerator & large sinks for washing & storing veggies. Full basement & attached seeding house. Washing machine, freezer storage.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

3 tractors + accessories for mowing, towing, digging, ploughing 2 mowers 1 roto-tiller Hay rack raised bed-maker water transplanter tools (shovels, rakes, hoes, etc)
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for sale
Other

Property for sale

$600K; We are open to establishing a working relationship that could lead to ownership (see below) An aerial view of the land can be seen in this youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjvdSDGatik&t=11s

Sale price

$600,000-$1,000,000
Additional Information

Description

When we purchased the farm in 2008, although it was certified organic, the land had been badly neglected for several years. With great effort and patience, the now-cultivated areas of the farm have been painstakingly transformed into an oasis of nearly perfect soil, where a variety of crops are able to thrive. We have maintained our organic certification through MOFGA, and have managed our soils according to certified organic protocol, i.e., through the careful management of the types of minerals added and withheld, microbes, compost, crop rotation, etc. Rocky, weedy terrain is now happy, rich, velvety earth. (Soil data available; tested yearly).

Encroaching brush has been tirelessly cleared, and we have added 9 hoop houses over the last several years, enabling crops to grow earlier in the spring, and later into the fall than outdoor crops. We have planted a blueberry field, and encouraged the growth of wildflowers to stimulate the population of helpful insects and pollinators.

Charlie's Redhouse Farm offers a unique opportunity for a new farmer to come, live, and farm with us, in the hope that a working relationship will lead to new ownership, and that this farm will carry on for generations to come. Kees Overgaag, who has overseen the farm's transformation over the last decade is an excellent teacher, and a judicious farmer. Please: serious inquiries only. Farming experience is helpful, but common sense, a strong work ethic, and willingness to honor commitment are the only true pre-requisites.

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