Crows' Feat Farm - A Cooperative Farm in Southeast New Hampshire

Posted on August 4, 2020Last updated 1 day ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

Kensington, New Hampshire

Total number of acres available with this property:

50.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

20.0

Acres of pasture:

10.0

Acres of forested land:

20.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land

Open meadow, additional forested area subject to a conservation easement

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
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Drilled well
Shallow well or spring reservoir
Irrigation system
Pond

Water sources details

In addition to four wells and a rainwater catchment system, there are two ponds on the property, one in the woods and another near one of the pastures. We plan to add an irrigation pond fed by the catchment system, near the current planted area.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

There is a 300-year old barn, tractor shed and running stall in heavy use; we will likely build an additional equipment shed, a greenhouse/winter chicken house and maple sugaring house in the years ahead

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

We own a duplex house with two apartments that will become available in the summer of 2021. Plans for additional housing are in the works.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

2 tractors, 2 mowers, brush hog, generator, wood chipper, saw mill, various trailers & ATVs
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent
Other

Property for lease

Crow's Feat Farm is a producers' coop, whose goal is to share (and reduce) overhead costs, allow farmers to diversify and increase their income streams, and provide mutual support. Farmers own and manage their individual operations, while supporting each other to achieve economies of scale. The common element is a commitment to regenerative agriculture.
Additional Information

Description

Crows' Feat Farm is a 100-acre property located in Kensington, NH.  63 of its acres are in a conservation easement; most of the rest is held in current use.  We are in the process of reestablishing this as a working farm along permaculture lines; a description of the farm and its proprietors can be found at crowsfeatfarm.org.

The property boasts rich farm soils, two ponds, extensive forestland, and a large open meadow. It is home to a wide variety of natural flora and fauna, including migratory birds and bees. Crows' Feat Farm is ideally located in Southern NH, about 15 miles south of Portsmouth and 60 miles north of Boston.  Kensington is a rural town of 2000 souls with a rich agricultural history.  This farm, formerly known as Rolling Ridge, was established in 1744, among the earliest settlements.

About ten acres are currently under cultivation with perennials (strawberries, kiwiberries, blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb, asparagus, fiddleheads, and various fruit trees) as well as a variety of annual vegetables.  We also tap maple syrup and are raising chickens.  We are looking to partner with area farmer(s) to expand the land under cultivation under a cooperative and regenerative farming model.  Farmers can own and operate their individual farms, while supporting other farmers, via a cooperative arrangement.

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