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Kretschmann Farm

80 acres

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Don Kretschmann

Property Location:

257 Zeigler Rd. Rochester, PA 15074

The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

80.0

Total acres available for agriculture:

40.0

Acres of forested land:

25.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

35.0

Acres of pasture:

15.0

Quality of land:

Land alway farmed organically 43 years mostly about 15 A./yr. veggies; 4 A apples. 3 yr. long term rotations to sod/alfalfa. Always cover cropped. Currently all but 2 A and apples in alfalfa. Much mature mixed hardwood forest. Beautiful western PA hills. Various slopes, inclinations, and soil types requiring attention differing factors for crop use. Eg. Some light, shaly, early, South facing; some North facing, drought resistant, wet weather sping fields; some steep/some level; some forest shaded, some hilltop sunny... Fertility levels high. Participant in Cornell Soil Health Benchmark Survey indicates 87/100 (average farm=50).

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

Well for farmhouse, year-round plumbed spring for barn/greenhouse, deep pond for field irrigation with electric pump and half mile buried mains.

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

None available

Farmer housing details:

Currently just retired farmer w/wife (ages 72,74) living in beautiful newer farmhouse. Planning on staying there as long as makes sense. After that it's available for long term lease. 5br. 3 full baths, sunroom, office, stone fireplace, basement woodburning stove, etc.

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

Full line of vegetable equipment--tillage, seeders, planters, cultivators, spreaders, mowers, sprayer, washers, etc. 2-85hp. largest, 30 hp. w/bucket, 3 allis-G's. Available for lease, or purchase.

Farm infrastructure details:

Large 4000 sq.ft. timber framed century bank barn in great shape; lower level cement floor w/drains + water. 1200 sq. ft. machinery shed. 600 sq. ft. supply shed. 30x96 heated greenhouse; 30x96 unheated hi tunnel w/water; 15x96 unheated perennial herb tunnel w/ water; 25x40 equipment/supplies tunnel. 12x20 walk-in cooler. 28.4kw solar array.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Other

Other:

Farm and house is currently in a trust. Will be finalizing trust to keep ag use in perpetuity, with long-term or lifetime leasing to farmer(s). Lease income to trust will be used to maintain infrastructure and equipment. Will be at least 2 lessees (one is family member w/hard cider-apple business)

Additional Information

We've just retired after nearly 50 years growing primarily organic veggies.  We plan to stay in home as long as able, though we're 72 and 74 respectively-one with disorder which could easily put a move of fast track.  Farm is uniquely situated just 45 min. from downtown Pittsburgh (35 on a good day), thus markets and off-farm employment of all sorts are not far away.  Through our careers, we've marketed veggies to every level of wholesale as well as farmers' markets and a very large CSA (1000 members just last year).  We're also just 10 min. from Zelienople--a vibrant, classic, small town which is becoming a local foods dining destination.  As well, we're just 20 min. from the Ohio River valley towns of Rochester, Beaver, Ambridge, and Beaver Falls.  Mention all these since until farmhouse opens up, affordable housing is nearby. After long time web-hosting closed down, farm website is currently at www.kretschmannfarm.com

We're currentlyinterested in someone with at least 3-5 yr. for profit farm scale veggie experience as we'd not like to take on large role "teaching". 

Send us a message if seriously interested at don@kretschmannfarm.com