Grow Food Northampton Community Farm - 1.5 acres for lease - Florence, MA

Posted on October 22, 2021Last updated 1 month ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Land trust or other conservation organization

Property Location:

140 Meadow St., Florence MA

Total number of acres available with this property:

1.5

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

1.5

Acres of pasture:

0.0

Acres of forested land:

0.0

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

Yes

Easement details:

APR

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

Town/municipal water

Water sources details

Frost-free municipal water available for year-round use.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

The outgoing lessee has a small shed and hoop house available for purchase, along with other supplies and equipment. Electricity and shared cooler space are also available. See attached RFA for details.

Farmer housing

None available

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Shared equipment is available, including a 33-hp tractor and walk-behind BCS.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent
Additional Information

Description

Grow Food Northampton (GFN) owns and stewards 121 acres of land in Florence, MA. It is home to multiple farms with leases of terms ranging from 1 to 99 years; a 320-plot community garden; food access and education programming; and a diverse ecosystem on the banks of the Mill River. We are seeking new farmers to join our community. 

On-farm infrastructure provided: Frost-free water and 120v electricity. Metered water and electric usage will be paid by the lessee.

In addition to water and electricity, the following resources are available for shared use with other farmers on the GFN site, for a fee:

  • Shared cooler space
  • Shared space in a small barn
  • Use of a 33 horse-power John Deere tractor with bucket and flail mower
  • Use of BCS 853 walk-behind tractor with rear-tine tiller and power harrow attachment
  • Composting outhouse (no fee)

The outgoing lessee is offering the following equipment for purchase:

  • Various irrigation systems designed for small-scale cultivation
  • 12’ x 40’ Hoop House
  • 7’ x 10’ Shed
  • Various other hand tools and supplies

Equipment purchase will be negotiated and made directly with the outgoing lessee. Please inquire about the full list of available items. 

Lease fee: the maximum per-acre fee for the land lease is $400 per year. A sliding scale fee is offered to farmers who identify as Black, Indigenous or other person of color. Those belonging to other historically disadvantaged groups and/or with individual or structural obstacles in accessing affordable land for farming may be considered for the sliding scale on a case-by-case basis.

Please see attached Request for Applications for further details and instructions for how to apply. 

 

Supporting Documentation

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