Juniper Hill Homestead - for rent/other, with housing - near Amherst, MA

Posted on November 15, 2018Last updated 3 weeks ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

Western Massachusetts near Amherst, Pelham Hills

Total number of acres available with this property:

6-20

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

6-20

Acres of pasture:

1-5

Acres of forested land:

6-20

Other open and/or non-farmable land

3 Season stream, Beaver pond

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?:

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
River/stream

Water sources details

deep well water on top of mountain in Pelham Hills

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

16 by 20 goat barn with milking area and loafing pen, hayloft, 2 1/2 fenced pastures, trails,

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

passive solar, wood stove, with back up, rustic but comfortable, needs some work

Equipment and machinery

None available

Equipment and machinery details

lawn mower, scythe, garden tools, goat milking equipment
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Other

Other tenure arrangement

we are looking for a goat farmer or couple who have interest in or experience with homesteading and permaculture farming, Wanting to develop our 9 acre homestead with pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, geese, etc., with younger farmers who can do more of the work as we are doing an art business that takes so much of our time and requires travel. Looking for "farmbody" "homebody" type of person who has outside job and a passion for ecological, healthy living.
Additional Information

Description

We have had a small goat dairy for 10 years and have been gardening and homesteading here for 25 years.  The land is hilly with a few plateaus and a few acres of fenced in rough pasture. It has two gardens and a developing forest garden, two greenhouses.

Barn was built 12 years ago, small but very functional. Two rooms available.  Prefer a person with some farming experience and a passion for learning and collaborating with another experienced farmer who will be here part time.   Land is not certified organic but we have been raising food organically since we started.   

The neighborhood is friendly and supportive of sustainable living, transition town and farming with a pre school and eco-village up the street.  The land is open and wooded with a coppice pasture of maple, oak, birches, witch hazel, hemlock, white pine and has been enriched tremendously by having the goats and chickens on it.  Deep well water.  Being on a country road yet so close to Amherst has been wonderful. Sunsets are spectacular here.  

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