This property is owned by the local municipality and will never be available for sale. It is located within a public park and on the National Registry of Historic Places. As part of our long-term lease, we need to be engaged with sustainable agriculture in some fashion. Being in a partnership with a municipality has its own set of unique benefits and drawbacks. For example, there is someone to call when the well pump breaks, and they helped us get grant funding to build an outdoor-accessible bathroom that can be used during events on the farm. But we are also in the public eye and cannot be as "messy" as a privately owned farm.
I only have time to work part-time on the farm now that we have small children, and my husband has an off-farm job, so we are not using our entire acreage effectively. I used to work on a farm with lots of other salaried farmers, and I miss the collaborative atmosphere. I think we are in a position to host some unique partnerships, whether they be "subleases" for complementary enterprises (i.e. chicken tractors or fresh cut flowers) or partnerships within our existing veggie/sheep enterprises. I would love to hand off part of the CSA to someone who wants to gain experience for example.
We are in an primarily suburban, well-off area, with an existing customer base and social media platform, so we could easily assist whoever comes in with local distribution channels for their products.
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