Poor Farm - seeking Farm Manager, with housing - Amherst, MA

Posted on September 21, 2021Last updated 2 months ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Private non-farming landowner

Property Location:

214 Pomeroy Lane, Amherst MA 01002

Total number of acres available with this property:

12.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

5.0

Acres of pasture:

5.0

Acres of forested land:

10.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

The property is 1/3 wetlands, 1/3 forest and 1/3 farmable land. Total acreage = 50 acres

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 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
Town/municipal water

Water sources details

We have several ponds on the property but they are restricted by the Conservation Commission. The stones of the well have collapsed so some reconstruction is required.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Renovated farm house, and plans to reconstruct dilapidated barn & shed by landlord.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, renovated in 2020.

Equipment and machinery

None available

Equipment and machinery details

We have recently purchased the land to save it from development. We have no equipment but intend to buy what is required based on the type of crops planted. Currently land is used as a hay field.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Other

Other tenure arrangement

Farm manager
Additional Information

Description

The entire 50 acres was purchased in late 2019 to prevent development.  The soil on the upland meadow is considered prime farm land.  We are looking to work with a farmer who is educated in regenerative farming and no-till farming.  This land is surrounded by wetlands and we are interested in conserving soil, maintaining water quality and increasing bio-diversity in the 25 acres of forest.  

We are taking down a dilapidated barn on premise and replacing it with a new one.  It would be ideal if farmer lived on premise while barn was being constructed.   Winters will be dedicated to selective tree removal in the forest.  

The land was a cattle farm in the 40's-70's.  Thereafter, half of the farmland grew over and is currently successional forest.  The successional forest will be managed so as to remove invasives, remove maple tree canopy to encourage other tree species.  This land can not be cleared for farming crops because it is wetland forest.

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