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Milk and Honey Farm

53 acres $400

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Mary Lou and/or Tom Shaw

Property Location:

9336 Madison Rd., N.E., Washington Courthouse, OH (about ten miles north of WCH off route 62).

The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

53.0

Total acres available for agriculture:

20.0

Acres of forested land:

1.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

15.0

Acres of pasture:

12.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

about 30 acres wetlands/grasslands for habitat

Quality of land:

In the past 20 years, we have worked on regenerating clay soils with compost, cover crops, and rotation for the large vegetable garden as well as drilling seeds annually for variety in the meadow and hay field. We don't use chemicals and have used "holistic management" with the orchard and bees.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

Our house has a separate well from the deeper well in the meadow. The latter is distributed by a windmill to various tanks throughout the meadow. We also have a 2,500-gallon tank buried that stores roof water for the garden in dry years. Cattle drink also from a stream that runs through the meadow.

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

Available

Farmer housing details:

We will continue to live here until it's sold. The small farmhouse is reinsulated and has solar panels and a wood burner. We removed interior walls to "opened up" the living area, but walls will have to be restored to create more than two bedrooms. Basement has a canning kitchen, shelves for canned goods, a root cellar, freezers and refrigerator.

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

The equipment is scaled smaller for this farm: two tractors, a bush-hog, seed drill, manure-spreader, haying equipment (for small, round bales), a bale unroller. For making poultry food: enclosed room with scale, grinder. and mixer. Two chicken tractors, and for butchering, a "whiz-bang chicken plucker" and countertop. Holistic orchard sprayer.

Farm infrastructure details:

Outbuildings are now in good repair. There are two barns with lean-to's as well as four other outbuildings for storing equipment and for sheltering the cows, chickens, and turkeys. There's also a "cold smoke" house and hoop house as well as a small, lean-to greenhouse. We have solar panels for the house. Fences are replaced and in good shape.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Property for sale:

We are asking ~ $400,000 for the acreage, all buildings, and all equipment. Land contract possible.

Asking price:

$400

Additional Information

We hope to sell our 53-acre farm to a person or family who enjoys growing their own food with the garden, animals, orchard, and bees that are here. In our retirement, we've only grown food for ourselves (while selling excess meat and eggs), enjoying life, and learning lots of new things. However, the farm could be used to create income through farm sales, the local farmers' market, or even CSA's. We have enjoyed raising rare breeds of heirloom animals and so have Dutch Belted cows, Narragansett turkeys, and Dorking chickens. The large vegetable garden, orchard, and bees also contribute to the dinner table and to our enjoyment. Fayette county has lost much of its habitat for other species; we have created wetlands & grasslands within the 40 acres behind the meadow. This acreage also contains the main hayfield.

We hope that the new owners will want to use the machinery and equipment that is here, and we would delight in teaching what we've been learning over the last couple of decades. This little farm is fairly self-sufficient with its excellent compost for the garden, equipment to make hay as well as the apple cider press, and chicken plucker! However, we realize that new owners may take this little farm in different directions depending on their interests. 

The farm is located on a road that has quite a few non-farm houses as well as small farms. We're very grateful to the neighbor farmers who have helped us learn how to handle a cow's difficult birth or the intricacies of making hay. We feel we have the freedom to do as we please with the advantage of having good neighbors.

We're just beginning this journey of selling the farm in the autumn of 2021. It is our goal to hve it affordable for the new owners. We would like to continue living in this one-bedroom farmhouse, but would not require income from the farm.

If interested, please contact us at: mlmshawmilkandhoney@gmail.com