Hilltop Farm - 5 acres for lease/other, with housing - Ashfield, MA

The Land

Property owner

Farmer or farm family

Location

1230 West Rd, Ashfield, MA

Total number of acres available with this property

5

Acres of cropland or tillable land

2

Acres of pasture

1

Acres of forested land

2

Other open and/or non-farmable land

Neighbors also have land available that you may be able to rent separately

Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

  • Drilled well
  • Shallow well or spring reservoir
  • Pond

Water sources details

Available year round as long as it's not been drawn down due to prolonged drought.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Limited

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Shared farm house. 3 bedrooms available. $1000 a month includes land use and shared use of kitchen, internet, common room and bath.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Rototiller, hand tools, chicken coop for 300 birds and a laying flock, 3 bee gives, 12' hoop house unheated, 10000 gallon swimming pool, water tanks

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?

Yes

Easement details

Water easement but not being used

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

If the property is contracted to be sold through a real estate agent, please provide name of agent and/or agency and the MLS #

No

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

  • Property for lease
  • Other tenure arrangement

Property for lease

6 to 9 months trial then possible longer term arrangement . Must be experienced in farming enterprise (s) you plan to under take. Must be willing and able to live in a shared space respectfully and in good communication with others in the community. Spaces available for 3 farmers. Livestock producers welcome. Sheep, cattle, meat and egg chickens, geese, turkeys, swine, bees all raised here in the recent past. Minimal vegetable growing opportunity here. Poor soils, shade and cold temps, short season make it challenging. High tunnels could be added however. Assistance applying for Grant's available.

Other tenure arrangement

Offering beginning entrepreneurs a shared learning space with mentoring and training from seasoned trainer. Permaculture certificate, holistic management training and entrepreneurship mentoring along with business planning support. Some infrastructure coinvestment.

Additional Information

Currently planted to several fruit trees. Hives not in use. Chickens laying eggs now. 6 breeds with Roosters. Incubator and possibility for raising and sale of pure bred chicks and pullets this season. Rabbits for breeding and sale also included. Permaculture design completed for property. Teaching space available in nice yurt for offering workshops or post harvest handling and small niche CSA or value added products creation. Potential for fish culture. 

Date posted

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