#203 - Hay land for rent in Dudley, MA (south central): 60-70A presently in very good hay production. The owners seek a person with exceptional experience in hay production and several references to that effect. Applicants should have their own serviceable haying equipment and tractors, including a mower which crimps as well as cuts the grass. There is hay storage for the producer in the owners' barn for 4,000-5,000 bales. Applicants should consider this property their primary haying priority and would be expected to share in the cost of lime and seed, and should be able to spread manure. In return the owners will be paid in an agreed number of first and second cutting bales in excellent sellable condition. Applicants should live in the near vicinity and have an open day schedule.
#227 - Approximately 30 acres located in Central Mass. Comprised of 20 tillable acres, 3 pasture, 7 woodland, and a small pond. The current owner has done extensive work stewarding the land, including regular manure applications to the fields, keeping the stone walls free from brush and seedling encroachment, and restoring the mid-1800's barn and its stone foundation. The owner would like to work with a motivated farmer committed to continuing the stewardship of the farm. Enterprise opportunities may include; tree fruits/nuts, small fruits, herbs, flowers, vegetables, greenhouse production, livestock, etc. Owner is interested in developing a plan and gaining assistance through the Farm Viability Program in Massachusetts to establish an enterprise with a prospective partner. To qualify for this program the partner would need to provide agricultural credentials, a passion for stewardship, and a desire to develop a profitable agricultural enterprise. A two-bedroom farmhouse (completely renovated) could possibly be available or potential farmers could locate or build their own housing. Beginning farmers are encouraged to apply. My latest idea is a focus on organic directions as well as agritourism. I believe that for the proper idea - good credentials and hard work - significant and sufficient funding would be available. At this time the availability of funding through the Massachusetts Agricultural Viability program is one of the many keys to this opportunity.
#259 - Hilltop market garden in west-central MA currently with three acres of prepared beds, orchard, small CSA, hoophouse, barn, goats, berries, etc. seeks serious full-time, organic farmer or trainee to collaborate on the development of our farm enterprise. We're looking to share the planning, labor, joy, money and heartaches of our working micro-farm with another serious grower this season and beyond. A teacher/grower, his wife (singer,dancer, and body worker), another couple and seasonal interns live on the homestead.
#266- Ten to fifteen acres of prime agricultural soil, mostly Hadley sandy loam, for rent or lease in Deerfield, MA (western): the 50A farm was previously a dairy with vegetable and tobacco crops about 50 years ago, then used for hay and grazing for 25 years, hay only for the past twelve years, organic vegetables on about 8 acres for 5- 6 years, with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides for at least 32 years. Owner has permission and a design to rebuild one large barn, which burned down, and an option to set up greenhouses. The land has significant water resources that have been used for irrigation – a pond and 1,400’ of frontage on the Connecticut River, as well as springs and streams. There is both private and shared rental space on the site, and possibly a building lot as part of a more comprehensive community venture. We seek an annual contract based on the Northeast Organic Farming Association template.
#287 - Half-acre of four-acre farm in western MA available to person willing to improve land growing food crops. Organically-certified parcel near water source includes possible use of chicken coop as well. Owner will purchase seeds and plants, and have garden plots plowed for the right user.
#303 - Fully-developed organic cranberry operation in eastern MA, certified since 1992, for sale or lease: 18A includes 4A in bog and another 10A with agricultural potential, one mile off major highway and two miles from Cape Cod. A spring-fed river on the property open year-round provides irrigation water. Property includes a two or three-bedroom farmhouse with a water view that houses the processing space; a chicken house; and two storage or animal sheds. The operation has all the necessary agricultural and sorting/packaging equipment. A 1,000+-member customer base, both wholesale and retail, has been developed over fifteen years with considerable potential for additional products on internet via a website already in place. A 4A piece has been placed in Wetland Restoration with USDA on a lifetime lease. A 5A piece can be developed as a home site and is under contract but not sold yet and would be included in this offering. Owners wish to sell the whole property, business and bogs only but are willing to consider other options, including staying on as consultants or partners if necessary for a short period.
#308- About four acres of land in western MA for lease or rent: former pastureland, pesticide-free, the land has been mowed twice a year. There is a small barn, access to town water, and a tractor is available. The owner is flexible about use and financial arrangements, e.g. would consider barter.
#332- Forty acres of upland in Northfield, MA within state forest for immediate sale: includes open-floor-plan house with root cellar and small attached greenhouse, two small outbuildings, small barn, needing some repairs, with independent lighting and stalls, some electric fencing. Land, suitable for nut trees, berries and pasturage, currently has large high-quality garden plot, two Dexter cows and guinea flock. Property is off-grid with solar electric, drilled well for the house and dug well for livestock.
#335- About ten acres of land for rent or lease in Mill River, MA (Berkshire County): in several parcels with small orchard sprayed only organically, currently producing superior quality blueberries, pears, and apples, with heirloom apple trees in surrounding fields that could be reclaimed. Unused land is suitable for tree fruits, berries, vegetable crops, or pastured poultry or swine (if protected). There is a one-acre runoff pond, two shallow wells, a seasonal stream, and a barn (needing work) suitable for equipment storage, with electricity currently available through main house. Owner is interested in continuing to develop the property organically and sustainably, and is willing to address infrastructure needs including separate electric supply, perimeter and/or moveable electric fencing and surface piping for future irrigation (unnecessary for current crop area). There is the potential to expand the rented area or develop a long-term lease if the initial enterprise is successful.
#366 - Farm for sale or lease in Northampton, MA (western): seven acres of which five+ are tillable with 4500 sq ft of storage in three barns with electricity and a garage, and a well point available; there is nearby rentable land as well. There is a newly-redone, 2400 sq ft farm house with two decks and a landscaped yard. All within walking distance of good-sized town with many restaurants, and near major highway. Asking $565,000.
#368 - Certified organic hilltop berry farm in Ashfield, MA (western) for sale or lease-to-own: owner seeks new owners/farmers who will build on what she has started: since 2005, the she has been restoring this property, consisting of a 1813 four-bedroom house and outbuildings on 45 acres of old fields, native highbush blueberries, ponds, wetlands and woods, into a working berry farm. We make high end value added fruit products (state certified commercial kitchen and farm store built in 2012) for retail and wholesale. Over 1,000' of frontage and a potential building site for a second house (perc tested in 2010). Big skies and front porch views of permanently protected hayfields on a quiet dirt road one mile from the historical village of Ashfield, 30 minutes from Northampton and Greenfield. Two high tunnel greenhouses (30'X90' and 21'X72') planted with patented primocane raspberry cultivars, one acre of cultivated blueberries and two acres of cultivated elderberry, aronia, honeyberry and currant cultivars for PYO, products and fresh market. Miles of hiking and X-country ski trails access from backyard make this a perfect site for agro/eco tourism and agro-forestry. Recipient of several grants including a SARE farmer/producer grant (see website), featured in the Boston Globe and in May 2014, a national magazine, Country Gardens. Owner is open to innovative arrangements.
#394 - Start-up farmer in Barre, MA (central) seeks partner: three-acre former dairy farm in pasture for about twenty years, free of pesticides, includes barn, about 50’X100’, with the possibility of shared housing, as well. Owner seeks a serious, experienced, full-time organic farmer-collaborator to share in the development of existing and replanted orchards, possible CSA, berry-growing, roadside stand, four season farming and year round aquaponics with an eye towards forming an educational centerpiece for sustainable farming, as well. Site is within thirty minutes of Worcester, with 500’ frontage on state highway. Owner is open to innovative arrangements.
#400 - 73 acres for sale in Charlton, MA: about eight acres can be hayed, ten acres are in a pond that can be used for irrigation, and the balance in woodlands; asking $400,000.
#427 - Farm for sale in Rutland, MA (central): 10A currently in hay, 5A open pasture and 45A in woodland, entirely fenced for cows, with wooden horse ring, spring-fed swimming hole/trout pond with dock, and frontage on a larger pond. Excellent soil for variety of vegetables; all fields currently in hay were plowed, large rocks removed, re-seeded and rotated in the 1970s. There are apple and pear trees, blueberries, rhubarb, perennial flowers, oak timber and sugarbush. Buildings include a four-bedroom house with private septic, town water, and appliances, a 38’ x 66’, three-story post-and-beam barn with eleven cow stanchions, four box stalls, hay loft, chicken area, 220V and running water, with attached sheds and workshop, two-car deep cement-floor garage, and a free-standing, dirt-floor pole barn with four bays. Asking $725,000.
#433 - Hayfield/pasture for rent in Athol, MA (central): 7A, believed to be organic. Part of the property will be used as a horse farm but there is space available for growing. There is a local farmers’ market, and electricity, water and barn space are available.
#434 - Cropland for rent in Belchertown, MA (western): about 2.5A of flat, sunny land currently in hay, formerly used as pasture for turkeys, near good-sized highway.
#440 - Farm property in Southbridge, MA (south-central) for sale: 19A of pine and white oak woods with partial access via dirt road, and 2A cleared with house (1789 post and beam), barn and sheds. Property is near major highways, adjacent to reservoirs, and has its own pond. Owners will consider all reasonable offers and may be willing to help finance under certain circumstances. Asking $264,900.
#442 - Small parcel available for cultivation in South Amherst, MA (western): about 1/3A, formerly farmed, open, rock-free and flat, is being offered by the owner interested in having the land usefully farmed in return for minimal compensation. Owner will provide water and storage space for tools and materials.
#457 - Farm property for lease or rent in Ashfield, MA (western): Trustees of Reservations seeks proposals for the use of up to 8A in two parcels of farmland suitable for tilling or grazing, currently hayed. Infrastructure includes a large barn, and irrigation connections. The organization will consider but not guarantee some major infrastructure improvements, such as replacing a dilapidated barn with a greenhouse, installing electricity or a well. Land has been pesticide- and herbicide-free for three years, unfertilized but with hay left in place, and is all accessible by public roads. The organization will give priority to proposals that engage the public, such as workshops, newsletters, or co-branding at farmers markets
#462 - Property for sale in Buckland, MA (western): 37.5A mostly south-facing woodland with year-round stream, of which .5A is cleared and stumped, currently being tilled and manured by pigs. There is a 200 sq ft cabin with no electricity, a 350 sq ft workshop with dirt floor, 25 gpm well drilled in 2011.
#471 - Property for sale in North Dighton, MA (southeast) with potential to be farmed: 7.1A in suburban area surrounded by farms. The main house has six one-bed units on one oil boiler, propane water heater and electrical system, which could easily be combined into fewer units. Property includes former apple orchard and a small pond in the rear. There is a second 480 sq ft chalet as well that is presently the seventh rental unit. Property is on town water, private sewage. There is the potential for a start-up farm using current facilities as secondary income.
#479 - Farm Manager sought in Sherborn, MA: 100A farm, of which 10+A are cultivated, is currently a 200+-member CSA with newly-built barn, heated farm offices and fully-equipped kitchen, and newly-purchased tractors and other farm equipment. The farm seeks a full-time manager for farm operations including the CSA and to continue the growth through initiatives such as farm-to-hospital, farm-to-business, farm-to-restaurant, vendor partnerships, and urban delivery. Qualifications include three-to-five years experience with organic and sustainable growing practices, a minimum of a BA in agriculture or related field, and generally the ability to handle all aspects of farm production management. Complete details of the offer and the requirements are available at the contact email address and the website.
#488 - Dairy for work-in or sale in Winchendon, MA (central): 43.5A includes 10A of woodland and 3A of pasture. 200-cow free stall dairy includes D6 milking parlor, dry cow barn, calf barn, other support structures, a cheese plant and a farm store. Owner has gone to great lengths to reduce energy consumption, including: roof-mounted solar panels that supply a third of the energy used; variable-speed vacuum pump; computerized fan system in cooling and aging room; new refrigeration system; energy-efficient light bulbs throughout; on-demand water heating system. There are three houses available on the property. Besides the cheese-making facilities, there is a compost operation using cow manure and a fiber byproduct that would otherwise be land-filled. This is a long-established, profitable, vertically-integrated enterprise with low capital overhead and markets in place for both cheese and compost. Owner is willing to consider financial assistance
#490 -- Horse and organic farm for sale in Douglas, MA (south-central): three-bedroom Cape with walk-in basement with workshop, on two adjacent lots totaling 10.88A with harvestable timber, with four-stall open barn, large shaded turnout area with sheds, 180’ x 200’ natural footing riding area, hen house with fenced run, large garden area, bordering on pond and 600A of fields and woods. Asking $389,900.
#493 - Pasture for loan in Bondsville, MA (western): about 2.5A, unfenced, with ready access to water, for loan to party who will graze sheep.
#495 – Nursery for sale in Lee, MA (western): ongoing operation near good markets on 3-4A includes two greenhouses, 28’ x 100’, 20’ x 75’, and a 14’ x 100’ cold frame. Owners are willing to share their business knowledge with prospective buyer. Asking $250,000.
#497 – Farmland for rent in 2014 in South Deerfield, MA (western): 10A+ tillable land, previously pasture and vegetables with very little pesticide used; 15A+ currently in hay, previously pastureland. Owner seeks serious, experienced farmer. Land is open to inspection now.
#500 – Farm for long-term lease in Ware, MA (western): 8A of open and reclaimable pastureland, certifiable organic, on a quiet but well-travelled road with farm stand possibilities. Land trust owner seeks farmer or farm family with start-up capital and a business plan or established enterprise for relocation, hopefully to work with current farmer who has begun the reclamation process with chickens and pigs. Prospective farmer needs to bring physical, mechanical and practical experience, and an off-farm income will be helpful. Available buildings include a 40’ x 80’ barn and a four-bedroom house.
#502 – Farmland for sale: 10A of stone-free bottom land with over 400’ of frontage on River Rd. and on the Connecticut River, in MA APR Program, abutted by protected farmland to the north and south, with excellent potential for a small farm stand.
#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.
#506 – Turnkey fruit and vegetable farm and winery for sale in Charlton, MA (central): about 95A includes 20A in apples, peaches, nectarines, pears, plums and cherries; 9A of netted blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and wine grapes; about 6A of vegetable crops; 5A includes cold storage, packing house, winery, retail store, parking, barn, four greenhouses and two houses; about 12A of pasture currently with ten registered Hereford and Simmental cows, and a registered Hereford bull; about 45A are in woodlands for firewood. There is drip irrigation in place on about 9A, expandable, two irrigation ponds, two wells, and town water and sewer available. Sale includes all necessary equipment, inventories and supplies (see website). Operation is on a four-lane highway and located near several main highways and within reach of several large metropolitan areas. Asking $2,600,000.
#508 – New farm enterprise seeks lessee or farm manager in Haydenville, MA (western): owners are refurbishing 120A, of which 50A are presently in hay, and have planted 200 apple and peach trees. Buildings include a renovated 1850s farmhouse, a large horse barn and a sugarhouse under construction; some farm equipment is available as well. Owners seek a motivated and enthusiastic farmer with experience growing vegetables, raising meat or other edible products, who can start, run and manage a farm project independently; some financial assistance is available to start, and net profits will be available to the lessee or manager. Owners wish to concentrate on sugaring and raising fruit, and believe that another food product would be a beneficial addition to their farm store offerings.
#511 – Farm manager sought for meat CSA in Huntington, MA (western): 80A are slowly being converted from woodland to pasture, silvipasture and small berry and vegetable plantings. Farm produces pigs, broilers, meat goats and rose veal, selling through a CSA, farmers’ markets and restaurants. There is a barn, well and some fencing in place with more to be established. This relatively young operation with room for careful creativity and new enterprises seeks experienced individual or couple to transition into management as present manager’s contract ends, a salaried position. There is an RV that could be used for summer housing, and a small winterized cabin may be for sale at end of 2014 season.
#517 - Start-up community farm in Littleton, MA (north-central) seeks manager: 2A will be rented, plowed, amended and cover-cropped in the Spring of 2014. Manager must have four years of farming experience, including organic methods (non-certified), farm business planning, greenhouse production, use and maintenance of equipment, and seed saving: experience in teaching, non-profits, volunteer coordination, and planning and execution of small building projects are desired (a complete job description can be found on the website). For the balance of 2014 the position will be part-time. Farm Manager will participate in a few community events, create a farm plan and proposed budget, and propose infrastructure improvements to the barn, irrigation and fields. Position will be full-time in 2015, the first growing season. Prospective applicants can sign up for a tour of the farm site on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm, at the New England Forestry Foundation, 32 Foster Street Littleton, MA. (RSVP to email@example.com.) Deadline for job applications is Friday, March 14, 2014. Email applications should be sent to the attention of the contact listed above and should include a letter of intent, a resume, at least two references, and your vision of a farm plan for LCF.
#529 - Ongoing beef operation for lease in Ashfield, MA (western): 65A of pasture and hayfields include several pole barns, a small farm store, a small stream, and some farm equipment. Farm breeds and raises about fifty head of cows, calves and feeders, mostly organically, harvesting about twenty 100 % grass-fed animals per year, and selling the high-end product to four specialty stores, a CSA, local farmers’ market, and about twenty-five local, private customers. Other farming strategies are possible. The current farmer/owners are aging and seek a lease arrangement with an enterprising and well-referenced farmer capable of operating the farm in a sustainable manner. The owners will continue to occupy the existing farm house but there is probably room for additional housing such as a trailer for use by the lessee; the farm will be available for sale in about ten years.
#530 - Agriculturally-zoned farm property in Southboro, MA (east-central) for lease and eventual sale: 15A with town water and a spring, of which .5A have apple and peach trees with a small blueberry patch and about 2A are in cultivation; 2.5A consists of a building envelope; and 7.5A is a pine/oak forest currently being sustainably harvested. Buildings include a farm house, a 24’ x 60’ barn, of which about 24’ x 24’ would be available, and a 16’ x 24’ greenhouse. Owner is flexible about the arrangement for land use and would consider a cooperative venture.
#533 - Ongoing plant nursery for sale in Lee, MA (western): this 35-year-old operation, specializing in flowering plants and vegetable starts, is on 3-4A in a prime retail location with an established, loyal clientele. Structures in place include two greenhouses, 28’ x 100’ and 20’ x 75’, and a 14’ x 100’ cold frame, and there is ample room in which to expand the business. Owners wish to retire from this successful enterprise, and are willing to share their knowledge of the business, including current suppliers. Asking $250,000.