Destruction Brook Woods - 5 acres for lease - Dartmouth, MA

The Land

Property owner

Land trust or other conservation organization


Slades Corner Road, Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Total number of acres available with this property


Acres of cropland or tillable land


Acres of pasture


Acres of forested land


Farm Information

Water sources present

None available

Barns, sheds or other structures

None available

Farmer housing

None available

Equipment and machinery

None available

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


Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?


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


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


Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

  • Property for lease

Property for lease

10 year lease with renewal option in year 7

Additional Information

The Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) is seeking proposals from individuals, groups, businesses, and/or non-profit institutions for the lease of farmland at two properties in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The parcels available include approximately 5 acres of land at Destruction Brook Woods Reserve on Slades Corner Road and approximately 14 acres of land at Helfand Farm, located on Chase Road. Interested parties may propose to use the entirety of the available acres at Helfand Farm, or only a portion. The term of the lease would be from approximately December 15, 2023 to December 15, 2033. Applicants can apply for a lease at one or both properties.


DNRT wishes to keep the farmland in agricultural use and is interested in proposals that will maintain or improve the agricultural viability of the land.


Helfand Farm, located at 318 Chase Road, hosts DNRT’s main office, the organic Helfand Farm Community Gardens, and the 14 acres of farmland available for lease. The farmland portion of the property was last actively farmed using organic methods in 2019. Because of the farm’s location within a Zone II aquifer and the current uses of the surrounding land, pesticide use on the property is restricted to chemicals that meet the USDA’s definition of organic. DNRT will only consider proposals for pesticide use at Helfand Farm that adhere to this requirement. Organic certification is not required.


The Destruction Brook Woods parcel has been used to cultivate corn in the past and is under a temporary lease for cattle pasturing in 2023. Organic farming methods are not required at Destruction Brook Woods.


Proposals are due in the DNRT Office (318 Chase Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747) by 9:00 AM on Monday, November 6, 2023. DNRT intends to notify applicants of its decision before December 1, 2023.


The full “Request for Proposals” may be found at or may be obtained by calling 508-991-2289 or stopping by the DNRT office. Inspections of the properties may be made by appointment.


About DNRT:

DNRT is a non-profit, membership-supported land trust founded in 1971 with a mission “To preserve and protect Dartmouth’s natural resources for people and nature, forever.” Over the last 52 years, it has worked in partnership with other conservation organizations, state agencies and the Town of Dartmouth to protect over 5,500 acres in Dartmouth.

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