Eden Springs Farm - 10 Acres for lease - Bernardston, MA

Posted on October 6, 2021Last updated 1 month ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

372 Eden Trail, Bernardston, MA 01337

Total number of acres available with this property:

40.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

1.0

Acres of pasture:

10.0

Acres of forested land:

30.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

We let a local dairy farmer use the two larger hayfields across the road to keep those fields useful and productive in the near and intermediate future, so they are *not* part of this advertisement at this time.  However, in a longer term arrangement, they may become available to rent/use as well.

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?:

No
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Drilled well
Shallow well or spring reservoir
Pond
River/stream

Water sources details

Barn has frost-free hydrant

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

1st floor of a 40X60 Post and Beam Barn with Hay Storage on the 2nd floor. 1st floor currently setup for livestock (sheep) pens. 2nd floor does have ground-level access. Several small fenced-in paddocks abut the barn.

Farmer housing

None available

Farmer housing details

Possibility for future apartment space, but not currently.

Equipment and machinery

None available

Equipment and machinery details

Possible use of small tractor and attachments (brush hog, rotovator, winch, cordwood saw) - either for tenant use, or landowner can complete tractor tasks for tenant (negotiable)
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent

Property for lease

Would like to start with a 1 or 2 year trial lease to make sure the tenant is a good fit, but open to discussing longer-term leases after that. We are also interested to explore a work-trade, for help with property maintenance or seasonal tasks (cordwood, property maintenance, etc)
Additional Information

Description

We have lived on this older former dairy farm for about 30 years, raising our 3 Children, who all were involved in the 4H Sheep Club.  We’ve continued raising sheep for meat since.  Our goal, after a complete renovation on the house and 175 year old, 3 story, post and beam barn, is to make this farm sustainable and keep it productive.  We love looking out on the Green Pastures, brook and pond.  We are hoping to find someone who will love and appreciate what a special place this is, that will benefit them as well as us.

We are ideally looking for a tenant who is a small-scale livestock farmer with some demonstrable experience in livestock husbandry.  (We would love to see or visit your current operation to understand your management and livestock care practices.)

The barn and current infrastructure are well set up for small scale livestock (sheep, goats, poultry, etc). Other types of livestock could certainly be a conversation.  Several small fenced-in paddocks abut the barn, with additional non-fenced mixed wooded pasture land on a hillside above the barn, and several smaller non-fenced open pastures available across the road.  

(We let a local dairy farmer use the two larger hayfields across the road to keep those fields useful and productive in the near and intermediate future, so they are *not* part of this advertisement at this time.  However, in a longer-term lease, they may become available to rent/use as well at some future time.)

Some garden space is also available on the property (expansion of it is negotiable), if you would like to produce some vegetables, flowers, or other annual crops.

Work Trade:  Because we still enjoy being involved with livestock, but are looking to no longer own or manage our own flock, we welcome the opportunity to assist you with chores as part of a work-trade agreement.  We also would benefit from a tenant who is willing to assist us with property tasks such as cordwood stacking and property maintenance.  We would carefully codify and agree (in writing) what the parameters of such a work-trade would look like, what the expectations are, and how it affects rent.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any interest or further questions!

 

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