Picturesque Organic Farm with Housing Available for Lease in Petersham, MA

Posted on October 26, 2017Last updated 1 month ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

Petersham, MA

Total number of acres available with this property:

51-100

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

1-5

Acres of pasture:

51-100

Acres of forested land:

6-20

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

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

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Lease Includes: - 1 acre market garden - up to 4 additional acres of tillable, flat, well-drained land - up to 70 acres of pasture - one 20x48 ft propagation house with automated propane heating and ventilation - two 20x44 ft hoophouses - 10x10 ft walk in cooler - 10x10 ft walk in cooler - dedicated barn space

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Lease includes a centrally located charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with gas stove and wood floors. The farm owner lives in a second house on the property.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

The farm owner also has an inventory of vegetable production equipment which could be sold to the tenant farmer. This includes: - a 2016 BCS 749 with a rotary plow and 30 inch flail mower - hand tools such as broadforks, shovels, hoes, etc - layer coop & equipment - broiler coops & equipment - water tanks for grazing animals
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent

Property for lease

- 1 year lease term for the first year - 3 year lease term after first year - long-term lease after first 4 years
Additional Information

Description

Retiring farm owner in search of an experienced farmer to raise 1-5 acres of vegetables and optional livestock on her 90+ acre organic farm in Petersham MA.

The farm owner has lived on this property for 30+ years and is ready to turn operations over to a motivated individual or couple committed to organic practices. 5 acres of tillable land, a private 3 bedroom home, and up to 70 acres of pasture is available for rent starting January 1st, 2018.

The owner is primarily interested in having someone take over the organic vegetable operation. Preference will be given to candidates interested in running a CSA and/or educational programming. If candidates are interested in diversify their operation by raising livestock, up to 70 acres of fenced pasture can be included in the lease for rotational grazing.

The current vegetable managers supply several local wholesale buyers and 30 CSA members with vegetables and eggs, and the owner would be happy to see a tenant farmer take over those accounts.

For those interested in diversifying their business plan, a small apple orchard, sugar shack, and wood lot could be included in the farm lease.

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