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.