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Levi J Hartong Farmstead

20 acres

Property Owner:

Public landowner (town, county, state)

Contact Name:

Sarah Haring

Property Location:

6521 Mt. Pleasant, North Canton (Green), Ohio (located inside Southgate Park)

The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

20.0

Total acres available for agriculture:

17.0

Acres of forested land:

0.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

14.0

Acres of pasture:

3.5

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

located within city-owned Southgate Park (197 acres) and close to precious natural resources including the Belden Bog and the Singer Lake Bog

Quality of land:

Since acquiring the property in 2004, the tillable land has not been farmed. With the exception of applications to eliminate invasive species, chemicals have not been used.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

property served by well and septic

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

Available

Farmer housing details:

historic 1883 farmhouse

Equipment and machinery:

None available

Farm infrastructure details:

barn, chicken coop, milk/well house, equipment sheds (2)

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for rent

Property for rent:

The City of Green is accepting proposals for the lease of the Hartong Farm from August 30, 2019 until November 1, 2019. For more details, please visit the city's website: www.cityofgreen.org/hartong-rfp

Additional Information

The lease of the Hartong Farmstead will be for a term of 10 years with 4 subsequent 5-year renewal options.

The Hartong farmstead is suitable for culturally intensive fruit and vegetable production, small intensive grazing operations, or small integrated crop-livestock enterprises. Marketing methods may take such forms as: pick your own, community supported agriculture, roadside stands, local farmers’ markets, and direct sales to individuals and restaurants.

Farmer(s) will be expected to possess substantial knowledge of ecologically sustainable production practices and must demonstrate their knowledge and their intent of sustainable management in their proposal submission. Subsequently, the lessee(s) will have to provide significant detail on their production practices in annual operating plan submissions and ensure ecologically sustainable practices are implemented throughout the term of the lease. There are a wide range of practices which are acceptable for most enterprise types, and the lessee will be free to choose whichever practices they prefer, so long as they adhere to the general principles of sustainability. Some examples of sustainable practices are: strategic cover cropping, permaculture, pastured-based systems, rotational grazing, restorative agriculture, non-chemical weed and insect control and Organic Certification.

The proposer will conduct all their farming and commercial activities on the farm in a sustainable manner, taking into account the beautiful and fragile surrounding landscape of Southgate Park, protecting and managing these natural, cultural and historic resources.  In addition to environmental sustainability, the proposer will show a clear intent to be socially responsible, including adhering to all laws and licensing requirements.  The proposer will also show a well-thought-out plan for how their farm enterprise will invite and engage the public, beyond just commercial activity.