Cheese Operation and/or Grass Fed, Organic Dairy/Farm land/Farmhouse - Hardwick, MA

Posted on July 15, 2018Last updated 3 weeks ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

42 Jackson Road, Hardwick, MA

Total number of acres available with this property:

151-300

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

21-50

Acres of pasture:

51-100

Acres of forested land:

51-100

Other open and/or non-farmable land

Acreage "available" 219 A, for sale or rental optional. Conservation restrictions remain available. 80 A established fenced pasture, 30 A wetlands (2 swamps), & one creek bordering pasture. We prefer no development but recent appraisal included potential for 15 (5 acre) residential lots. Total 219 A appraised at $3000/A

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?:

No

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

Drilled well
Pond
River/stream
Other

Water sources details

Well on barn side of the road for barns and farmhouse. Pasture access to 2 different swamps. One creek. Swimming pond fed by old ice pond.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

1. Creamery barn - Front includes Farm store, Back - calf area & calving pen. Up- Hay mow & dry storage 2, Milking barn - free-stall & milking parlor, hay mow 3. Heifer barn w/42 panel solar & equip storage 4. Garage w/walk in cooler 5. Greenhouse-24 x 42 6. Farmhouse w/woodshed, tool shed, insulated storage & 3 sided equip./animal building

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

5 bdrm. farmhouse w/3 full baths, for farm owner. Many renovations. (new windows/high effic. propane furnace & outdoor wood furnace) Gorgeous wood beams ceilings. New post & beam porch. Includes Active Airbnb private entrance quest suite. Nearby 2 bdrm. rental house for farm employee (we own, not part of sale). Appraised value $340K.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Cheese/creamery equipment - $56,114. Food inventory (cheese, Meat, Store) - $255,999. Farm store equipment - $8325 Cows-35 milkers, 35 heifers & calves (Normandy, Jersey, Holstein) & chickens -$50,350 Dairy & Farm Equipment & Vehicles (trucks & tractors) - $156,570 Greenhouse & Misc. - $5805 Goodwill - Cheese & raw milk bus. $250K
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for sale
Property for rent
Other

Property for sale

Asking price is $1,950,000. for entire farm. 219 acres Farmhouse w/active Airbnb, barns, cows, farm equipment, solar array, creamery & equipment, established cheese business with customer base, established raw milk business with customer base, farm store, cheese inventory. Consultation, education & training as needed to be negotiate. We are not in a position to do owner-financing, but could rent the land with the purchase of the house, cows, equipment & business. Also could sell less land & APR (MA Agricultural Preservation Restriction) could be researched as an option for additional future cash.

Sale price

$1,500,000+
Additional Information

Description

We would like to see the property remain a working farm. There is great potential to expand on the cheese & raw milk business ad well as increasing the overall diversity of the farm with vegetables and additional animals.

We are selling so we can retire as we are in our mid 60's & without family interested in continuing as a family farm.

There are several longstanding & very knowledgeable employees that live locally as well as our main man living in the employee house we own.  The employee house is not part of the sale but can still be rented by an employee. 

35 milking cows in mixed herd of Normandy, Jersey & Holstein & approximately 35 young stock. Enough existing pasture to graze 45-50 cows or additional land can be cleared using pigs, goats or lama's.

Additional conventional milk could be purchased locally for increased utilization of the creamery in winter when the cows are on hay, to make a non-organic cheese. (we milk once a day in winter)

Small pork operation (4 pigs) the last 2 years & 35 laying chickens, eggs, pork and dairy, cull beef sold in our farm store which also could be expanded.

We also did a vegetable CSA this last year with potential to expand.

We are willing to negotiate a training & transitional period. 

Willing to consider partial purchase & partial rental options along with buyer participation in conservation programs. 

Website is www.robinsonfarmcheese.com

Please begin contact to Pamela Robinson by email only via [email protected]. Tell me a little bit about your ideas. If I do not respond assume I did not see the email and please send again.

No drop ins or phone calls please. 

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