Organic Starter Farm
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425 acres available
265 open acres for farming
160 wooded acres / other
Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
Opportunity for certified organic farm start up by beginning farmer(s). Possibilities include, but are not limited to: vegetables, fruit, mushrooms, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry, micro dairy and/or farmstead value added processing. Currently used by a 60 cow 100% grassfed organic dairy, but a recent farm purchase made more resources available to support diversification through multiple farm businesses. Farm is located within a few miles of several other organic farms and an organic feed mill. Willing to accommodate a variety of leasing scenarios for the right individual or family. Good references and solid farming experience required.
A variety of farm resources are available across 3 adjoining farms that could be assembled into a lease based upon need. The entirety of the 425 acres includes: 2 dairy barns, 3 other barns, 5 outbuildings & sheds, 6 ponds, 2 creeks, 7 drilled wells, 4 houses and a trailer. Fields have perimeter high tensile electric fencing, buried & above ground water lines, and improved laneways. Most of the open land is currently managed for perennial pasture and hay.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
The farm has been owned and operated by the same family for over 200 years, and in certified organic production since 1996.
Infrastructure and equipment:
Permanent high tensile electric perimeter fencing around 200 pasture acres, with permanent or temporary electric interior subdivisions and a 2 acre woven wire fenced paddock for calves. Adjoining 40 acres of leased and recently purchased land has permanent or temporary electric perimeter and interior fencing.
Water access description:
Seven drilled wells, six ponds and two creeks on the property. Above ground and buried waterlines provide well water to all owned pastures. Adjoining leased and recently purchased land gets well water through above ground waterlines. Several permanent frost-free waterers installed on pastures.
Farm#1: Active dairy includes: New Zealand style parabone milking parlor (for milking between cow's rear legs) with swing 10 milking system housed in a coverall building (both built in 1998); milkhouse (1998); calf shed; and restored 1901 bank barn.
Farm#2: Active dairy includes: Tiestall barn (renovated in 2018) with 2 pipelines for milking 70 cows; barn cleaner with engineered compost pad; office; Virgina counter slope heifer barn (1988); storage buildings.
Farm#3: 2 story bank barn with large heated space (previously used as a wood shop); original detached milkhouse; primitive syrup shack; shed.
Farmer housing description:
Three farmhouses, one fully renovated, the other two older and partially-renovated. Single wide trailer purchased to be installed in coming months. Housing on the farm is subject to availability.
House#1 has two upstairs bedrooms, one downstairs bedroom, one full bath, eat in kitchen, living room with woodstove, office/laundry room and front porch. Oil heat (mostly used as back up for the woodstove). There is possibility of expanding this house in the future to include a second porch, additional bedroom, large living room and mudroom.
House#2 has two upstairs bedrooms, one downstairs bedroom, one full bath, eat in kitchen, living room, dining room/den with woodstove, a screened in porch and an enclosed porch. It currently has a long term tenant.
House#3 has four bedrooms (two large upstairs, two smaller downstairs), two full bathrooms (one up, one down), eat in kitchen, dining room, den with fireplace, laundry room, glass enclosed porch, two small front porches, back porch/patio and a one-car garage. Oil heat.
Trailer has two bedrooms, one full bath, eat in kitchen, large living room and laundry area.
Farm#1: (2016) CoPulsation milking system with CIPs in parlor and all equipment required for grade A licensed milk production.
Farm#2: Pipeline milking system with 5 milkers and all equipment required for grade A licensed milk production.
Farm#3: No equipment at this time.
Farmers own: two John Deere tractors (6410, 3020); ATV; disc mower; aerator; spider pasture irrigator and small line of other equipment.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
Good opportunity for a diversified operation that utilizes woodlands as well as open fields. Several acres available for vegetable and fruit production. Land is hilly, but there are some more level areas that could work for high tunnels or Salatin-style chicken tractors. One barn has about 800 sq.ft. of heated workspace that might be utilized for value added processing. A couple options exist for possible CSA pick up site, farm store and cooler area. A management cut is planned in the recently purchased woods (about 60 acres that were poorly managed by previous owners), which will open things up for potential permaculture plantings, forest-raised pigs and/or silvo-pasture for dairy cattle, sheep or goats. This could also be an opportunity for an animal powered farm to utilize draft animals for winter logging - a more sustainable and preferable approach than what is locally available now. Woods are predominantly oak, hickory and maple.
Description of tenure options:
Farmer/Landowners are interested in their property supporting multiple organic farms and working with beginning farmers starting their own organic farm businesses. They are willing to accommodate a variety of leasing scenarios for the right individual or family (who will have good references and solid farming experience). Since the entire property will be used by more than one farm business, the specific acreage and resources each farmer needs will be worked out and stipulated in the leases.
The landowners are not considering selling any time in the near future. Their long term plans are to put an agricultural conservation easement in place to help ensure the land remains actively farmed and affordable for farmers. This would probably be done as part of a sale to the new farmers and involve an agricultural land trust - a process that can take years.
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
All land must remain under certified organic management. Perrenial pastures (on steeper slopes) cannot be plowed.