Farm business incubator - 5.5 acres for lease w/housing - Westport, MA

Posted on September 8, 2019Last updated 4 weeks ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Private non-farming landowner

Property Location:

Westport, Massachusetts

Total number of acres available with this property:

5.5

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

1.5

Acres of pasture:

4.0

Acres of forested land:

0.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land

1 acre, which is mix of forrested wetlands and pond.

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

No

Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?:

No

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

No

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
Irrigation system

Water sources details

Solar powered drip irrigation from dedicated well covers all 1.5 acres in rotation, solely for farm use.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

36x26 barn with concrete floor 20x24 polycarbonate propagation house with automated ventilation, watering tables and heat mats 8x16 walk in Coolbot 30x100 gothic high tunnel 13x120 caterpillar low tunnel with rigid end walls Built out wash up station Electric deer fencing

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Modern super energy efficient 1 bedroom apartment on site with AC, dishwasher, washing machine and all new appliances

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

25 Kubota HST tractor with front-bucket and backhoe, and a suite of new small scale implements including: 5ft Disc Harrow 4ft Perfecta 4ft Tool Bar Cultivator with various attachments Two Shank Chisel Plow 5ft Flail Mower 4ft Brush Hog 4ft Rotiller Serviceable Farmall Cub also available for use
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent

Property for lease

Specifics of tenure arrangement to be worked out with selected farmer/s. Will include: Use of field and pasture for tenant's farm business Use of equipment and infrastructure listed above Use of on site apartment if desired Minimum two year tenancy requested, w/formal lease w/option to renew Farmer's purchase of their own liability insurance Managing fields and pasture organically Housing if desired in exchange for labor on land focused on off season or comensurate financial payment.
Additional Information

Description

This is an exciting opportunity for an aspiring farmer with substantial experience in intensive vegetable production to establish a viable farm enterprise removing the barrier of substantial capital investment to obtain good farmland close to markets, equipment and affordable housing.  Modeled like an "incubator", lease includes access to 1.5 acres of currently managed vegetable fields, 4 acres of unfenced pasture, a modern one bedroom apartment, barn space, and scale appropriate infrastructure for an intensive market garden.  Infrastructure as listed above.  Veggie fields have been managed organically, (uncertified, but certification is possible) by current tenants for the last 4 years, with a nutrient dense approach to soil fertility.  Pasture is marginal and rocky, but has slowly improved over the last 4 years with rotational grazing of laying hens and small ruminants.  

With the goal of advancing small organic farming in Southeastern Massachusetts, we seek a motivated individual or couple with demonstrated experience to jump in and start their own intensive vegetable enterprise.  Initial lease tenure would be 2 years with option to renew. 

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