Landowner Listing 30046
Farm Type: Organic Vegetables, Flowers, Microgreens and Field Crops
Description: 4 acres fenced field, 30 x 96 high tunnel greenhouse, organic vegetable/flower/microgreen business with on-property cabin (appropriate for small family) near Conneaut Lake, Crawford County. 75 additional tillable acres to develop. 90 miles north of Pittsburgh, 40 miles south of Erie, 90 miles east of Cleveland. Large barn with ample storage and old stalls for dairy, horse stable with 3 stalls, equipment shed, washroom with stainless sink and CoolBot walk-in cooler, grow room with lights for transplant starters, greenhouse set up for microgreen production (as well as vegetables/flowers), small tractor with front-loader and tiller, and supplies (including compost, organic fertilizer, transplant starter medium, row cover, plastic mulch, trays and etc, for well into the season).
The area boasts a newly founded food hub through the auspices of Allegheny College, designed to coordinate services between producers, suppliers, and local businesses. The location is ideal for market expansion in Erie, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, as well as delivery points in route to Pittsburgh on I-79,
History:The farm has been owned by my family since 1947. It was a dairy farm of approximately 50 cows under my father's ownership through the 1980s. In 2005, I (his daughter) moved back and developed a small organic vegetable business, that has been supplying local markets, restaurants and co-ops as well as Pittsburgh markets including Upper St. Clair and Market Square (downtown). Over the past 2 years, the business expanded into a 4 acre fenced field, substantially increasing production. Though the business is not yet certified, organic practices have been strictly maintained. Current marketing expansion includes opportunity to supply Good Life Juices (Pittsburgh) through a Business Supported Agriculture model.
Opportunities to expand include a 20 acre field (fallow for 5 years) for organic hay or other field crops. In addition, the farm includes approximately 50 more tillable acres, some of which have been used for conventional hay-oats- corn rotation, all of which, I hope eventually to convert to organic production.
Lease opportunity: Over the past two years the farm has employed full-time farm managers with a full-time employee, and was previously managed by myself with part-time helpers. I am looking for a lease (or transition to a lease) situation for someone with ambitions to make their mark with an organic business either by expanding upon the current operation or by creating an organic operation with a new emphasis.
Total Acres: 153 with 80 tillable
Total Acres: 153
House Available on Property: Yes
Conservation Plan: Yes
Deed Restrictions: No
Nutrient Management: Yes
Will Sell or Lease Equipment: Yes
Cows Available: No