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Connecticut

#312 - Well-established large-scale agritourism business in southwestern CT seeks lessee or farm manager:  includes thirty-acre pick-your-own orchard and farm market with bakery, florist, five-acre animal park and extensive suite of buildings and equipment. Applicants should have strong pomological and business background along with mechanical knowledge and good interpersonal skills; college background would be a plus.  Owners intend to retire in several years and seek long-term commitment from potential entrepreneur.

#328 – Established organic farm in Old Saybrook, CT for rent/lease with off-the-grid home and barn area.  Great upside potential owing to burgeoning local markets and restaurant opportunities.  Total area is 13A, of which 2A are currently deer-fenced and under cultivation (vegetables, flowers, fruit, and chickens in a chicken-tractor), and 8A now in hay can be converted to cultivation.  There is a 400 sq ft greenhouse on site.  There is an experienced organic farmer available to train new tenants.  The farm currently generates $40,000 annually from farmers’ markets and a farmstand/CSA.  Property is located on the shoreline area of CT, very near the Connecticut River, Long Island Sound and Route 95, features easy access and parking for farm visitors, and is bordered by scenic land trust property.  Asking $2,000/month with no utility expense.

#371 - Farm for sale in Winsted, CT (northwest): about 55 acres of which half is in woodlands, half tillable, in hay recently, with some vegetables grown in the past. Buildings include a four-room ranch house, and a six-stall barn about 24’X40’. There is a small pond and a brook running through.  Property is located on a dead-end street with access to three roads and a state highway.

#423 - Flower farm for sale or rent in Stonington, CT (southeastern):  one acre plot with 27 4’ x 15’ beds has been sustainably farmed for twelve years in the French Intensive style.  The beds along with extensive perennial borders are deer-fenced, and there is good soil, good drainage, a reliable well, and room to expand into the remaining two-thirds acre.  Buildings include a renovated one-bedroom home with fireplace; a small renovated barn building that is approved for “accessory use” to the farm business and includes a work/sleep space, a storage area and a garden tool shed; and a small wood-storage shed in need of repair.  The property is home to a thriving business selling cut flowers at a local farmers’ market, one of the oldest, largest and most lucrative in the state, and could be developed into other retail opportunities including high-end party and wedding flowers at several nearby venues.  Owner may consider some financing, and will help with development of business, marketing and farming plans.

#466 – Farm in Marlborough, CT (central) for sale: 10A, of which the open fields have been cut over but not cultivated for over fifty years, with a dug well and stream.  Buildings include a newly-renovated house with cedar siding, new roof, thermopane windows and central air conditioning; two barns, one new, the other sound, with new roof; a chicken coop; a small roadside store. Property is on main road convenient to major highways and commercial centers. 

#483 - Farm available in Coventry, CT (east central):  28A, of which about 18A are open and the balance in woodland, with a 1500 sq-ft historic house and two greenhouses, 30’ x 100’ each.  Owner is flexible about arrangement, including outright sale, rental to single party, or portions to several parties, with profit-sharing a possibility. Preference will be given to those who intend to use organic/sustainable practices, Permaculture Design Certificate and/or experience with holistic planned grazing.

#494 – Farm property for rent, lease or farm manager in Easton, CT (southwestern):  20A+, currently wooded, is being selectively cleared for agricultural use. Land, which includes full-grown maple trees available for tapping, was farmed fifty years ago, and no chemicals have been used in years.  There is a spring-fed pond providing water year-round.  Owner will make available a 32 HP, 4WD Kubota tractor with attachments.  Location is close to major high-end markets.

#505 – Farm for sale in Kensington, CT (central): 28A includes 25A of open fields, orchard grass, alfalfa (ca. 4,000 bales per year) and partially wooded area usable for firewood; 3A includes renovated 1735 farmhouse and ca 60,000 sq ft of buildings, formerly chicken coops, all on a main road, near major highways.

#518 – Farm for sale in Brooklyn, CT (northeast):  established and thriving dairy and cheese-making farm, currently without livestock, includes milking room, cheese-making facility and small store in 3,200 sq ft building with new roof and metal siding; custom-built 4,300 sq ft farm house with in-law apartment.  Separate pastures can accommodate a herd of thirty goats, and feature stainless-steel heated waterers.  Farm is surrounded by 7A of woods, pastures, pond and running brook.  Owners, who wish to retire, will include exclusive farm cheese recipes and instruction.

#519 – Established farm for sale in Woodstock, CT (northeast): of 93A total, 60A+ are prime agricultural soils, farmed organically, of which 40A are fenced and the remaining 20A are used as grass-fed beef pasture with portable electric fencing.  Remaining land is a mix of woods, wetlands and a 2A pond, used for irrigation.  Buildings include 3,100 sq ft, four-bedroom home built in 2007, with an outdoor wood furnace; a three-story 30’ x 40’ post and beam barn built in 2010, used as retail farm store on main floor, farm offices with kitchenette and bathroom on upper floor, and cattle stanchions on the bottom floor; a one-story, 60’ x 136’ three-sided building built in 2013 currently used for winter cattle housing with cement floors, extra-high ceilings; and a 2,100 sq ft high tunnel on site.  Property could be used for orchard or vineyard with the three-sided building large enough to accommodate fermentation tanks.

#557 – Farm for lease in Sherman, CT (western): lessor seeks experienced farmer willing to submit a business plan for all or part of the farm, using best management practices, and including educational interaction with the community.  Farm consists of 96A in four parcels, previously a dairy farm, then raising beef cattle, of which a remaining herd of about 60 head is available to the lessee.  One 49A parcel includes a farmhouse, several barns and sheds, and silos, and a farm pond; other parcels contain ponds as well. There is an extensive inventory of farm equipment including several tractors, tillage and harvest machinery and many smaller items necessary to running a farm.  Prospective lessee has the option to lease all or part of the available land, cattle and equipment.  Proposals must be received by the town by August 28, 2014 at 4:00pm and must conform to the instructions detailed in the RFP available at http://townofshermanct.org/quicklinks/pdfs/hafrfp.pdf, which includes extensive details about the property as well.

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