Nightingale LLC - 30 acres for lease, partnership, or other, with housing - Pomfret, CT

The Land

Property owner

Farmer or farm family

Location

Hampton Road and Route 97, Pomfret CT 06259

Total number of acres available with this property

30

Acres of cropland or tillable land

30

Acres of pasture

2

Acres of forested land

0

Other open and/or non-farmable land

These fields lie along Mashomoquet Brook, on either side of the water, and a few feet of brush along the water. Two fields are in hay now, and one was recently in corn for several years. They are surrounded by woods on two sides which are not part of this lease.

Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

  • River/stream

Water sources details

Mashomoquet brook flows year-round and can be a source for irrigation even in the dry end of summer. We are also open to talking about putting in a well.

Barns, sheds or other structures

None available

Farm infrastructure details

These fields lie near Route 97 with access to the road and to electricity, but thjey have no buildings on the site now. They had a house and barn 100 years ago — right now they have only the foundation of an old greenhouse. We want to know mre about what you will need.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

We have the possibility of rental housing within two miles of these fields. Nightingale is part of a larger property, and that property has housing that may become available.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Nightingale has no equipment itself, but it is part of a larger property. Spring Farm LLC makes some hay on fields nearby, and the farm manager may be able to help with his own equipment.

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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

The property is protected under a Title 490 tax easement.

Is the property certified organic, or does it qualify for organic certification under federal organic regulations?

No

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

The property is not for sale.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

  • Property for lease

Property for lease

Short-term lease, long-term lease, partnership

Additional Information

The land is in Northeastern Conn., in a green corridor of woods, fields and wetlands in the Mashomoquet Brook and Nightingale Brook watershed, on the  homelands of the Mohegan, the Pequot, the Nahaganset, the Nipmuk and the  Wampanoag nations.

The Abbott family has cared for the land and woods here since the 1930s. The woods have had time to regrow after hard use before we came, and this place has been a refuge for my family for four or five generations. My dad spent summers here growing up, working on the farm, and so did I, riding bareback in the woods. We all want to see the living system grow in balance.

Nightingale is part of a larger property that now runs a haying operation (through Spring Farm LLC) and some light and careful timbering (on the order of a few trees once in 10 years) in some of the woods. Tony and Deborah Abbott, and their children's families, hold Nighingale.

In Nightingale, the Abbott family has up to 30 acres of land available right now, and we are looking for farmers interested in sustainable and regenerative uses. These fields lie along  Mashamoquet Brook with some soils of state and national importance, water for irrigation and access to electricity (nearby, which we can set up). We also have possibilies for housing, i.e. a house that may be available to rent in the future, within two miles of the fields.

In the near future, we are looking for farmer(s) willing to work independently as entrepreneurs, with a viable business plan for the area. In the longer term, we are looking toward the future, and we can imagine a farmer, or more than one, creating new relationships with the land and with each other. I have been following the work of communities like Soul Fire Farm, as they shape ideas and teach and grow.

We are open to ideas ...

• Permaculture, native perennials

• CSA for meat or veg, eggs, cheese etc.

• Rarer or specialty crops or goods — cheese, ice cream, honey, chestnut flour ...

• Pick-your-own or farmstand

• Restaurants and co-op markets ...

• Farmers markets, SNAP and HIP programs

We see opportunities here, as the older agricultural structures are re-forming — we have an expanding local community of small farmers and farmers markets, and regional cities with farm-to-table restaurants, and reach to Boston, Providence, Hartford and Worcester — and an academic community including  UCONN and Storrs nearby. Pomfret is also known for its high schools — Rectory school,  the Pomfret School, Woodstock Academy.

We know that Nightingale will need some time and investment, as a new operation, and we are willing to work with you to see it grow, and to talk through what resources you will need that we can offer or help you to find. (Spring Farm has equipment that we may be able to make available to Nightingale for short-term use, for example).

Our land also connects with open spaces around us, and we feel the importance of this stretch of green space for everyone living here, beave and bear and deer, coy wolves, cougar … trillium and wake-robin, huckleberry and mountain laurel …

The part of my family who still hold the land now all care about keeping the open space open and the farmland in the hands of people we trust, and who care about sustainable and regenerative practices and relationships with the land, as we do. And we are looking to the future.

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