Iron Ledge Farm • 72 acres for sale with two houses • Whitefield (Lincoln County), ME

Posted on September 7, 2021Last updated 1 month ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

21 Iron Ledge Lane, Whitefield, ME 04353

Total number of acres available with this property:

72.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

7.0

Acres of pasture:

7.0

Acres of forested land:

46.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

2 acres fruit trees

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?:

Yes

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

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

see description

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

two houses - see description

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Full list in description - SEPARATE SALE - not included in farm price
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for sale

Property for sale

Standard Sale

Sale price

$495,000
Additional Information

Description

72 acre-property, 7 acres tillable land, 2 acres of orchard, 7 pasture and roughly 46 acres of woodlot (with forestry plan). Tillable land area could also be used for rotational grazing for livestock. 45 years of proven productivity of both fruit and vegetables. Soil map included. Cropland and orchard have been farmed following organic practices.   There are two wells on the property. One is currently serving both houses and the gardens. The second well feeds the barn, but the well pump needs replacing.  The front orchard has both original and more newly planted (with the last 10-30 years) fruit trees (apples, pears, peaches, plums) and high bush blueberries, all surrounded by hayfields suitable for cultivation or grazing. The back parcel, behind the house, features another patch of high bush blueberries and several more productive apple trees, both original to the property and grafted varietals. 
Cropland has movable electric fencing in the back parcel, but no permanent fencing. Water spigot located in the gardens for irrigation purposes.
There is a medium-sized barn built in 1989. The building is fully electrified and piped for running water. The first floor is poured concrete and is divided into open space on one side, suitable for a workshop or storing machinery, and animal enclosures on the right: two horse stalls and a two-room space for chickens, goats or other small animals. The upper floor has been used as a hayloft and storage space. Outdoor chicken pen and equipment shed (12x27) are attached to the barn. Next to the barn is concrete compost storage.
In the last two seasons, due to age and health concerns, the garden size has been reduced, but the orchard and berries have been maintained. This summer the chickens were given away.  The 93-year-old seller has owned and farmed this land for 45 years and wishes for the cultivated cropland and orchard to be taken over by another person invested in continuing to work the land using organic practices. 

Farmhouse: Light-filled passive solar house, approx 2000 sq ft, originally built in 1977. The open-plan central kitchen and living room are a shed roof design and have 14' ceilings on the south side. Living room has built-in bookshelves on two walls, a large cast iron stove and hand-tiled hearth, plus a door to the south-facing deck with views of the barn, garden, southern orchards and forest. On both sides of the main living space are 2 clearstory bedroom/office sections. There are 5 + bedrooms/offices, 2 full baths (plus toilet in the basement), and a poured concrete daylight, walk out basement. Bedroom/office spaces have lofts (3) for storage, plus built-in dressers (3), as well as built-in shelves (and closets). In the main section, on the main floor, are a mudroom and pantry with washer, dryer, and laundry sink. Most kitchen appliances (gas stove, fridge, and microwave) have been replaced within the past 10 years; the dishwasher is older but still clean and functional.  House is well insulated. Originally, heat came from passive solar plus 4 wood stoves with electric baseboard backup. There are now 2 woodstoves and an oil furnace for central heat. In the 80s the basement was expanded to add a workshop, semi-finished storage room, a toilet, and the oil furnace. The deck along the entire south side was also added. In the 90s all the awning widows in the center section were replaced with high-efficiency, large double hung windows. Two of the wood stoves were removed in the 90s leaving a Vermont Casting stove/fireplace in the living room and Sevca in the basement. The siding is no-maintenance board and batten and most of the interior walls are tongue and groove pine. There is a small attached greenhouse on the south side of the basement. In the basement are a root cellar for vegetable storage and a cedar closet for clothes storage. Fenced dog pen with dog house adjacent to the house. House has cable connection with internet and a TV antenna. There’s an on-demand, whole-house generator installed five years ago.  

Second house: The smaller house has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and an oversized 2-car garage. It is also a passive solar design with 14’ windows and features an efficient woodstove in the main section. There are also propane heaters in both the master bedroom and living room dining area. Backup electric heat is in the second bedroom and the bathrooms. It was originally built in 1982 with 1 bedroom, 1 bath, and a 2 car garage. About 1994 it was renovated to add a second, handicapped-accessible bedroom and bath and the garage with a ramp into the house. It is a completely separate house with its own septic system; it is connected to the main house via a small breezeway and shares the main house well. Can be used as a rental property or an in-law apartment.  

Priced at $495,000

Equipment listed for separate sale:  
John Deere model 870 tractor (1997) with 6’ bucket, 5’ bushhog, and 4’ rototiller
Troybuilt rototiller
John Deere lawn tractor
John Deere 15-gallon, 12-volt sprayer that runs off the lawn mower
Radial arm saw, table saw, chop saw
Home sized wooded cider press 
1 Lawn-boy trailer
1 7’ metal trailer (rusted)
 
 

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