#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.
#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 other innovative arrangements or a straight sale including all commercial kitchen equipment, inventory, wholesale accounts, and the registered business name "Bug Hill Farm" for $550,000. Some owner financing may be possible.
#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 – Farmland and living space available in Athol, MA (north-central): about 3A tillable, currently mowed, and a bedroom with private bath are both available for rent or possible barter arrangement, part of a 7A horse farm, believed to be organic. 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
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#535 - Farm property for sale, or rent with option to buy, in Southampton, MA (western): 9A+ includes pasture and woods, along with 1,000+ mature blueberry bushes with some black currants and Asian pears. Buildings include a three-bedroom Cape with attached mother-in-law apartment, retail store, solar hot water, emergency generator, with oversized detached garage and glass green house; three sheds, one 16’ x 16’, another 26' x 8', and the third 11' 6" x 18. Owners would consider rental options for portions of the property. For example, the rental could be for the blueberry orchard, which is run as a PYO with an established customer base, and could include the store during the season; other options could include use of the current pasture land, or the greenhouse. Owners are open to other innovative arrangements and are willing to discuss.
#537 – Farm for rent and possible sale in Ashfield, MA (western): 32A include 15A of hay fields, 12A of woods, and 5A around a 3,200 sq ft farm house, which includes horse facilities: run-in, paddock with fencing in place, hay storage, blacksmith shop, frost-free hydrant, and electricity. Owners would prefer to keep hay fields in production as they have been for many years, and would consider grazing livestock though no infrastructure is in place, or organic farming. There are about 60 productive blueberry bushes as well, and the potential of harvesting timber.
#539 – Farm space for rent in New Salem, MA (western): one room is currently available in the spacious, shared-use farm house with more open in the fall, and further space in a six-stall barn, set on 36A, of which 12A are open and the balance wooded. The open land was previously used for horse pasture, and has a number of old fruit trees and patches of low-bush blueberry, but is beginning to grow in with brush. Current owners have a small flock of chickens, a vegetable garden, have done some maple-sugaring for home use, and have begun to prune back the apple and pear trees (which do produce fruit), but have not done much with the majority of the land.
#541 - Property for sale in Marshfield, MA (eastern): about 7A with frontage on the North River and shared dock ownership. The land is permitted for planting organic blueberries or a hydroponic operation with two on-site artesian wells, and is surrounded by 500A of protected woodlands. The lot is currently wooded with a gated entrance and private drive. There is the possibility of owner financing. Asking $900,000.
#545 - Farm for sale in Charlemont, MA (western): of 20A, 15A are in forest preservation, and about 4A in pasture. Buildings include a four-bedroom, two-bath timber frame home with a one-bedroom, two-bath ell attached but with separate entrances; a 22’ x 30’ barn with slate roof; and a Morton building 48’ x 50’ barn housing a farm store with close access to Rte. 8A. Asking $275,000.
#550 - Farm for rent or lease in Dalton, MA (western): about 13A of pasture are immediately available, bounded on two sides by a brook, and including a 33’ x 55’ hay barn and a 25’ x 133’ former dairy barn, both with solid foundations and new metal roofs. The dairy barn is in disrepair but the owner is willing to help secure funding for repairs. This acreage excludes about 2A with a farm house, a 28’ x 42’ tractor shed, and a 25’ x 77’ shed with attached shop, of which the outbuildings could be included in the lease if necessary. There is also the following contiguous land leased through 2018: 17A of fine bottom land, 65A of woodland with some sugar bush, and 20A of pasture. An additional non-contiguous 46.6A of open land will be available. The lessor would consider making available a large duplex house nearby as well.
#552 – Farm for sale in Sandwich, MA (Cape Cod): 1.78A currently producing organically-certified produce and eggs in enclosed raised beds, a chain-link fenced garden, established blueberry area, and completely-fenced pastures with well water to the pastures and drip irrigation to all planted areas. Buildings include a barn with gas heat, concrete floor and full unfinished second floor; a 28’ x 32’ hoop house with electricity and built-in worm bin; two-story farm house with three bedrooms, 1.5 baths, with full basement, gas and coal-stove heat, water treatment and generator, two-car garage with unfinished room above. Asking $499,000.
#553 – Farm for sale in Georgetown, MA (eastern): well-established vegetable and small fruit operation with excellent customer base on 8A of fine soil with underground, overhead and drip irrigation, 5A woodlot, all under conservation restriction, and additional land available nearby. Buildings include a farm house, barns, green house. Sale includes ample farm equipment in very good condition.
#554 – Land for rent in Hubbardstown, MA (north-central): about 3A of wooded land that has been select cut, perhaps suitable for keeping animals or bees, abutting conservation land.
#559 – Farm for sale or lease in Plainfield, MA (western): 11A houses a successful goat-cheese operation with new cheese-making facility and milk parlor. Owners wish to retire and are willing to share their expertise, including award-winning cheese recipes, markets, accounts, dairy management and existing goat herd. There is the possibility of housing on the farm as well. Close to major routes.
#561 – Caretaker or couple sought for farm in Great Barrington, MA (western): 300+A, of which 30+A are developed. Buildings include a main house, guest houses, a stable and a one-bedroom caretaker apartment. There are three horses and a barn cat. Duties include grounds keeping, mowing, weed whacking, driveway and machinery maintenance, gardening, horse care, stable and stall maintenance. Experience and references required.
#564 – Farmland for lease in Plainville, MA (eastern): At least 12A of mostly open prime farmland, and additional land available that is suitable for pasture, perennial fruit or other tree crops, not currently farmed. The farm portion is suitable for small-scale diversified farm operations: a CSA, permaculture, small livestock or poultry, demonstration or community gardens, or agro-forestry, with good access to markets and a supportive local community. There are several modest farm structures and access to water and electricity. The owners, a small religious community that offers eco-spiritual programming, are open to various scenarios which may include a farmer providing compensated property management services and/or farm-related educational programs. There is a small cottage on the property available to rent.
#565 – Farmland for sale in Douglas, MA (southeastern): 58A, of which 30A is dry woodland, unlogged for eighteen years, and the balance in wetlands with two streams, and 950’ of frontage requiring some modification. Land is suitable for Christmas trees, blueberries or similar crops, currently in Chapter 61A, close to large urban areas. Asking $180,000.
#566 – Orchard land and associated nearby buildings for sale or farm manager in Belchertown, MA (western): orchard land is about 213A, of which about 45A are in apples, producing 7,500 bushels of 12 varieties, and 6A in peaches, producing 1350 bushels; the balance is 78A of farmland, 83A of woodland, and 2A of farmstead. Buildings on this parcel include a barn and a labor house. Also available are about 14A located about .5 mile from the orchards, which include three buildings: a 14,818 sq ft cinder block warehouse and another of 12,276 sq ft, with a new refrigeration system and packing and sorting equipment, both linked by a common canopied loading dock; and a 1,200 sq ft wooden building. Portions of all these buildings are currently rented to other enterprises, and all is zoned for General Business B2. Owner would consider subdividing.
#570 - Farmland for sale at public auction in Belchertown, MA (western): about 160A in seven parcels, formerly dairy pasture, includes a house and barn. One parcel will be sold as building lots. Open house for viewing will be held every Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 2pm, and private viewings can be arranged with Tom Spellman at 413 896 9515. Auction will be held in Belchertown on 11/22/14 at 10am. More detail can be found on the website.