Stillhouse Holler

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County: Madison

Location: Stillhouse Branch Road, Marshall

Total acres 7.0

Acres of cropland/tillable land 2.0

Acres of pasture 2.0

Acres of unfenced pasture 5.0

Property Description

400 Stillhouse Branch Rd. Marshall, NC PIN: 9726741045 (use Madison County GIS) Stillhouse Holler comprises of 50 acres total. In that area are two site-specific parcels available for long term lease: (A) the pasture is 2 cleared, untilled acres (once tilled for vegetable production) that sits next to a stream. (B) a 5-10 acre patch of sloping land, 4 acres of which is slated for goats/sheep/cattle. There is a spring that runs close to the area. Old logging roads run to various parts of the entire property. The owners are not farmers but do have a desire to have a permaculture environment and would like to support a leasing farming operation in organic or non-aggressive farming practices.

Type of opportunity

  • Lease (1 to 5 Years)
  • Lease (5+ Years)

Type of opportunity - more info

Lease, 5 yrs (+). Organic, biodynamic. Goats/sheep in the sloping acreage, near spring; vegetable pasture in the flat, creekside parcel. Wood parcel available as well for woodland harvesting. CSA is welcome, but we are looking for a high yield, low impact farming lessee interested in production from multiple growing environments.

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Barn
  • Well / Pond / Other water source
  • Farmer housing
  • Farm equipment

Equipment & infrastructure - more info

We are creating a permaculture environment at Stillhouse Holler and are looking for the right lessee to benefit from our unique 3-zone environment to support a farming operation in biodynamic, organic or non-aggressive farming practices. We have a strong and good functioning Kubota tractor avail. for a trained user. We have one (10x16) shed/cabin (w/solar electric, composting toilet, woodstove and dry sink) that was built in 2013 that can be negotiated.

Current production on farm - more info

The owner is an 82 yr old grandmother and a 42 yr old Graduate student. Time is not available for farming. The Holler was last farmed in the 1940s most likely.

Current and past farming practices

  • Ecological production but not certified

Current and past farming practices - more info

Myself and my mother purchased the 50 acres in 2012. We know little about the total history of the land. The records show there was cattle farming at one point. The area we have available (that is clear, just untilled) is approx. 10-12 acres total. It gently slopes next to our crick (it's a nice stream, but not aggressive). Stillhouse Holler is a very unique little private holler and we'd like to work with the leasing farmer to cultivate a beautiful long term arrangement for the working preservation of this land. We have plans for future infrastructural improvements, but none that would foreseeably affect the areas in question.

Additional aspects

We are operating Stillhouse Holler as a private family nature conservancy.