#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.
#222 - Looking for experienced farmer for long-term lease commitment: 3+ acres of historically-farmed sandy loam maintained as open mowed meadow. Adjacent perennial brook for irrigation with good road frontage – have local and state permit approvals. Ideally suited for experienced and capitalized farmer with niche market crop (fruit, berries, annuals, perennials), grazing, wildflowers, haying or CSA. Located in neighborhood setting close to Rte. 2, South Acton MBTA commuter rail stop, and Rte. 495, with possible one-bedroom apartment available. Reasonable terms offered.
#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.
#305 - This farm in east-central MA is re-organizing as a non-profit educational teaching farm, organized under the arts collaborative, into a new farmer incubator business model role where it helps beginning farmers to get started in one or both of the following farm and ranch methodologies, consisting of methods, tools, education and structured training curricula: Small Plot Intensive (SPIN) Farming (http://wwwspinfarming.com/) and Holistic Farm and Ranch Management (http://holisticmanagement.org/). The owner wants to speak with those who are interested in leveraging its historic farm plantation site as a resource base to get a SPIN-farming market gardening business up and running. He requests that they visit the SPIN-farming site or call to order the initial manuals to guide them step-by-step in designing a farm plan, a methodology that provides a significantly faster time frame to becoming self-sufficient and profitable. Once a business is established, he plans to use it as a demonstration model for others who wish to follow, for seminars and courses. The site has a spring-fed pond for irrigation, excellent sun exposure, and good access to local markets.
#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 $525,000.
#368 - Ongoing berry farm in Ashfield, MA (western) seeks farm partners: for five years the owners have been restoring this property, consisting of 50 acres of old fields, ponds, wetlands and woods, as a working berry farm. There are many native high bush blueberries under restoration, a 72’ high tunnel greenhouse geared to niche crops for farmers’ markets. The owner keeps bees for use in value-added berry products processed in her farm kitchen, and in 2012, a separate processing facility on the farm, which includes retail space for her products and a visitor demonstration area. She is also exploring co-housing (up to three off-the-grid, small-footprint duplexes) for up to twelve people who would own their units and hold the land and farmhouse in common. While she hopes the buyers would share her passion for sustainable agriculture, they would not have to actively participate in day-to-day farm operations. She has site plans started and perc tests approved.#373 - Horse facility in Seekonk, MA for sale: 20A includes two barns, one with twenty stalls, the other with 40 stalls and a 300'X300' indoor riding rink attached, a two-family house, and a .5A pond. There is good access to major highways, and lodging nearby.
#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.
#399 - Farm for sale in Whately, MA: over ten acres, of which seven are flat, tilled and certified organic, and 2.5 are rich pasture with no-climb fencing in place. Buildings include a four-bedroom post-and-beam house; a new 30’x 40’ barn with 12’ overhangs on north and south side, haylofts, heated waterers and commercial-grade fans; and a three-sided run-in shed with a 12’ overhang. Farm is in scenic location within three miles of a major highway; asking $689,000.
#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 $500,000.
#405 - Ongoing hydroponic farm, with new year round market, seeks assistant in Hopkinton, MA: looking for farmer with minimal tillage equipment to open 2.5 acres of clear land to supplement the hydroponic output, and to learn the process of hydroponic farming as an assistant. Owners are flexible and willing to consider alternative arrangements.
#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 $799,900.
#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 $279,900.
#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
#459 - Farm for sale in Hadley, MA (western): 6.5A, of which 5A are in certified-organic production on prime agricultural soils. Buildings include a five-bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1790s house with major updates, a large new kitchen/family room, and a detached garage; an antique barn ready for renewal; an older 30’ x 60’ tobacco barn with 220V power and concrete floor; a 1949 30’ x 90’ tobacco barn with power and newer metal roof; a 26’ x 48’ heated greenhouse; a 17’ x 144’ high tunnel/cold frame; and a 17’ x 72’ high tunnel with inflated roof. Most recent production has been highly-diversified, certified organic market garden produce sold mostly at farmers’ markets and to local wholesale accounts. Buffer zone plantings are established, a new shallow well has been installed, and a 2” irrigation main has been buried the length of the field. Perennial plantings include a small asparagus bed and 450’ of high-bush blueberries.
#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.
#475 - Working farm for rent or lease for 2014 season in Holliston, MA (southeast central): 10A+ of open fields currently tilled with 100’ heated greenhouse and three storage barns and equipment sheds; retail store with loading dock, processing sinks and cold storage is on busy road with high volume of traffic. Owner has full range of farm equipment available if necessary, and is flexible about arrangement, but prefers long-term tenant.
#476 - Farm in Ashfield, MA (western) for rent or farm manager: 120A, south-facing, of which 5A are in cropland, 30A in hay, 40A in pasture and the balance in woodland. The cropland is currently leased to two local farmers growing organic berries and sweet corn, and a neighbor grazes six sheep. There are two barns: one, 28’ x 36’, most recently a small goat dairy, was built for animals, with three large stalls, hayloft and solar panels; the smaller, 24’ x 20’, also has a large stall. There are two comfortable separate houses on the property, one inhabited by the owner. Water is readily available for agriculture. The farm has a tractor with a bucket loader and brush hog attachment. The landowner seeks a manager/farmer to rent the pastureland, hayfields and barn to rotationally graze animals, ideally sheep, and maintain the property. Given the right experienced person or couple, housing may be available, terms to be negotiated.
#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.
#480 - Working farm for rent or lease for 2014 season in Holliston, MA (southeast central): 10A+ of open fields currently tilled with 100’ heated greenhouse and three storage barns and equipment sheds; retail store with loading dock, processing sinks and cold storage is on busy road with high volume of traffic. Owner has full range of farm equipment available if necessary, and is flexible about arrangement, but prefers long-term tenant.
#482 – Farm for lease in Lexington, MA (eastern): about 7A with infrastructure in place including a green house, pump house, farm stand, and paved parking lot. The lessors stipulate that the farm will be used to grow produce, preferably without the use of inorganic herbicides or pesticides, for sale through a farm stand or CSA, and that the operation will include an educational component, specially geared to school-age children, and that provision will be made for donating produce to the local food pantry. The initial lease will be for ten years with the option to extend for two additional five-year terms. A walk-through of the property and facilities will be held the week of 4/22-26/2013 at a time to be announced, and the town strongly suggests that interested parties take advantage of this opportunity. The offering is in the form of a Request For Proposal with detailed requirements, a list of which can be obtained by email from the contact email address. Questions should be submitted in writing to the listed contact by 5/3/2013, and bids must be submitted no later than 6/3/2013.
#485 - Sheep farm in Groton, MA (northeast central) offers farming opportunity: owners will consider varying degrees of participation in the wool and meat operation, from livestock management assistance to more ambitious involvement in the business that could offer an in-depth learning experience. Tasks will be compensated and there is the possibility of profit-sharing for an individual who is more deeply involved. 1.5 acres of good cropland is available for an independent mixed-produce operation for local and/or CSA market. Position entails renting an attractive apartment at $1200/month including utilities, Internet and more. Applicants should submit a letter of interest with relevant personal and farming background information including vision and goals to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5/31/13.
#487 - Farm property and business in South Worthington, MA (western) for sale: 38A, a mixture of pasture, woods and a 1A pond, adjacent to 2500A of conservation land. Farm includes a prolific and successful turnkey PYO blueberry business with upwards of 1000 bushes established for over twenty years, with 2013 customers in place. All except 5A surrounding house and buildings are in the Hilltown Land Conservancy, and all except 2A qualify for Chapter 61A, keeping taxes reasonable. Buildings include a newly-painted, two-story, four bedroom farmhouse with new well and septic system and a studio capable of doubling as an apartment; a three-level barn with seven stalls, tack and feed room, a large basement suitable for a shop, and a large hay loft and chicken coop; and a two-bay garage with attached small greenhouse. There is a large flat space, formerly a riding arena, with ample room for a large greenhouse. There are multiple perennial gardens and fruit trees, and an additional cottage/studio on the pond. All in a quiet and peaceful location, with town-maintained roads, close to local cities Northampton and Pittsfield.
#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
#489 - Earth-based education facility and retreat center for sale in Petersham, MA (western): 47.8A, of which 16A are in open field and meadow, and there are organic vegetable and forest gardens, trails, wildlife habitat and other amenities. Buildings include: twelve-room house with two kitchens, four bathrooms, six bedrooms, three meeting and activity spaces; tool shed and woodshed, basement workshop, 16’ wooden yurt, 20’ x 24’ sheep and horse barn, 12’ x 14’ retreat cabin, 20’ x 16’ caretaker’s cabin, 16’ x 24’ summer pavilion. Property includes 12-volt solar system with backup generator, 10GPM well, 5 state-of-the-art woodstoves with backup propane, two large parking lots. Land, which is in Chapter 61A, has right of first refusal for abutting 95A, and is surrounded by 4,000+A state land. Property and organization is for sale to another organization or individual with a commitment to mission-driven educational or spiritual works similar to that in place - see more detail at the website. Asking $440,000.
#490 - Horse farm property 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 525,000.
#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.
#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.