Listing ID: Modoc #2343
Beautiful and established 70 acre farm/ranch with small farmhouse available for affordable lease in Fort Bidwell, CA. This place is on its way to providing a rich pasture for healthy livestock, an important source of food and education for the community, and a center for agritourism and farmstays for people who want to see a farm that is situated in nature and providing well for its human caretakers. The land has about 10 acres of fenced pasture with water rights; 20 acres or so of riparian bench with two-acre garden, a small house, pole barn, and other human-supporting features; and 40 acres of scrubby upland with a fabulous sweeping view of this beautiful valley. A creek runs through the center of the property and is full of wildlife and willows. A spring on the land supplies the pond in the pasture, which also has a seasonal stock tank supplied by well water. The pasture is fenced and ready for your own cows or for a sublease.
Although the growing season is short (90 days or less frost-to-frost) and the location remote, there is a supportive community of young families and others who are very interested in homesteading, permaculture, and making this area a healthy and wonderful place for everyone. The historic hotel in this tiny town boasts live music and local food, and to the south, the hub of the valley includes schools, restaurants, a store, medical clinic, a pub, a tapas bar, an independent bookstore, a farmer’s market, and the center of operations for the local food hub, which operates year-round. There is a strong DIY culture that results in celebrations, parades, and impromptu performances throughout the valley. There are a significant number of artists in this area – really unique for a place that is far from any urban center.
Owner is looking for someone who is experienced and ready to start their own farm, and has the energy, experience and skills to regeneratively manage an acre or two of veggies, a couple of high tunnel greenhouses, and livestock. Ideal candidate(s) should have the following skillsets: greenhouse and field vegetable production, field and pasture irrigation, animal care, record keeping, CSA or farmers market experience. Experience in the practice of permaculture, Biodynamics, and/or Holistic Management is strongly preferred. Owner seeks an individual, small family, or a couple of partners to live on and run the farm operation on the land. Owner will continue to hold and sustainably develop a contiguous 10 acre parcel during the term of the lease. Owner is open to mentor and provide information about history and infrastructure in support of farming operations. Term of lease is a minimum of three years, allowing the farmer to build their herd, their savings, or their network in order to start their own successful operation. Longer term or option to purchase possible. Adjoining 25 acre pasture also available for sale.
Current Use of Property: Row crops, Cattle (dairy), Market garden, Not farmed, Pasture, Poultry/Fowl
Current farming practices on property: None of the above/Not sure
Building and Infrastructure: Small (~1000sf) farm house, decrepit barn, new16x36 pole barn, 1x1000sf high tunnel greenhouses, chicken coop/shed/office, small campground.
Acres Available for Lease or Purchase: 70
Land Suitable For: Row crops, Cattle (beef), Cattle (dairy), Forage crops, Goats/Sheep, Grains, Hogs, Market garden, Orchard, Pasture, Poultry/Fowl, Vineyard, Berries, Other
With Housing: Yes
Land is fenced: Yes
Landowner's preferred business arrangement: Buy/sell, Lease
Expected lease rate for farm/ranch property: 9,000/yr
Soil Quality and Type: Row crops, Cattle (beef), Cattle (dairy), Forage crops, Goats/Sheep, Grains, Hogs, Market garden, Orchard, Pasture, Poultry/Fowl, Vineyard, Berries, Other
Currently Living on Farm: Yes
Landowner is willing to advise or mentor the tenant farmer: Yes
On-site Housing is Available: Yes