Hope's Edge Farm • 100 acres for lease • Hope (Knox County), ME

The Land

Property owner

Farmer or farm family

Location

41 Morse Road, Hope ME 04847

Total number of acres available with this property

100

Acres of cropland or tillable land

6

Acres of pasture

30

Acres of forested land

64

Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

  • Drilled well
  • Pond

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Current owner lives in farmhouse; other housing options available: Current farmer built over 15 years, and lives in, a 2 bedroom, off-grid, wood-heated, wood frame home on the farm property. When he dies, the home stays with the farm. Other living arrangements are under review. A current cabin on the property, used for farm help in the recent past, is currently being renovated. One of the buildings in the main farmstead area has a functional summer (3-season) kitchen. Under consideration: bathroom/shower house facility on main farmstead; additional cabin/tiny house in main farmstead area.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Some of our current equipment owned by land owner and present farmer will be available to share: haying equipment, compact utility tractor, large, older tractor, spader, etc.

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?

Yes

Easement details

Easement in process

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?

Yes

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

  • Property for lease
  • Other tenure arrangement

Property for lease

Short or long term lease

Other tenure arrangement

Partnership
Apprentice with a Farm Seeker for a year

Additional Information

Comprised of 100+ acres of open fields and mixed woodlands, Hope’s Edge Farm is located in northwest Hope, Maine, off Ludwig Road. Historically this land was home to three generations of the Morse family. As of the mid‐1980’s it was a once‐ thriving dairy whose ailing owner had no family who wanted to continue the business, especially in the face of falling milk prices. The farm was transitioned to someone who farmed (ran sheep) only briefly, sold off 20 acres for development, and who was prepared to develop the rest of the property. Sold instead to the current owner in 1997, the farm found new life as a smaller scale, more diversified enterprise known as Hope’s Edge, with a future that is still evolving. See attached documentation for more in-depth information around the farm’s history.

 

We would prefer the continuation of a diverse, sustainable operation with vegetables as a crop, but all conversations are welcome. We look forward to new ideas. We do value the community aspect of farming. Any new farmer coming in will be expected to honor all the terms of the planned conservation easement that is currently being finalized. 

 

Some of our current equipment owned by land owner and present farmer will be available to share: haying equipment, compact utility tractor, large, older tractor, spader, etc. 

 

Current farmer built over 15 years, and lives in, a 2 bedroom, off-grid, wood-heated, wood frame home on the farm property. When he dies, the home stays with the farm. 

 

Other living arrangements are under review. A current cabin on the property, used for farm help in the recent past, is currently being renovated. One of the buildings in the main farmstead area has a functional summer (3-season) kitchen. Under consideration: bathroom/shower house facility on main farmstead; additional cabin/tiny house in main farmstead area. 

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