102 acre Farm, Farm House, and Farm Buildings For Lease near Murphy NC for a Sustainable Farmer Entrepreneur

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County: Cherokee

Location: near Muprhy NC

Total acres 102.0

Acres of cropland/tillable land 80.0

Acres of pasture 0.0

Acres of unfenced pasture 0.0

Property Description

This historic family owned property was recently used to raise grass fed beef before being partially converted to corn and soybean production. The farm is partially fenced with high tensile perimeter fencing, has stream crossings, a large and modern farm shop building, and large hay barn. The land contains high concentrations of USDA prime soils, a rarity in the North Carolina mountains. Soils primarily consist of Arkaqua loam, Braddock loam, Dillard loam, Hemphill loam, Rosman loam, and Statler loam. These soils are well suited for a wide variety of crops including mixed vegetables, corn, soybeans, or pasture. In addition to leasing the farmland, there is the potential to lease a fully furnished, beautifully maintained 3 bdr, 2 ba farm house with picturesque front porch, paved driveway, root cellar, historic milking parlor which now serves as an outbuilding and walk in cooler, large modern farm shop space, a 80 hp 2000 Massey Ferguson tractor, lawn mower, and two four wheelers. The farm is within a mile of Tri County Community College and Erlanger Hospital, within 3 miles of internationally known John C. Campell Folk School, and 4.5 miles from the center of downtown Murphy, NC. The selected person or family should expect to build a long term positive relationship with the landowners built on trust, respect, and consistent communication. The farm house is a cherished home place of the family and will require a tenant who will respect the property. If the producer is interested in the farm house, it will be covered in a separate lease agreement. The price for leasing the farmland and/or farm house and equipment will be discussed in person with the landowner. Applicants should email a written inquiry with attached resume to William Hamilton at [email protected] (828-273-5663). Upon inquiring, William will follow up with a questionnaire.

Type of opportunity

  • Lease (1 to 5 Years)

Type of opportunity - more info

The family is open to discussing a 5 year lease agreement and then seeing how it goes from there. There are other large adjacent tracts of valuable farmland that could also become available if the right person were found to lease the farm. The family would like the farmers to develop a sustainable farming enterprise that may consist of livestock and/or vegetable crops and/or row crops. Agritourism activities would be welcome. The farm is adjacent to Mcquire’s Mill Race Farm https://mcguiresmillracefarm.com/

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Barn
  • Fencing
  • Well / Pond / Other water source
  • Livestock facilities
  • Farmer housing
  • Farm equipment
  • Cold storage (cooler/freezer)

Equipment & infrastructure - more info

Gorgeous farm house, +/- 80 acres of prime agricultural soil, available buried pipe and livestock watering tanks if needed, 80 horse power 2000 Massey Ferguson tractor with front end loader, 2 four wheelers, riding lawn mower, walk in cooler, farm equipment building and farm shop, large hay barn, woodland.

Current production on farm

  • Field crops
  • Hay or pasture

Current production on farm - more info

Soybean production in some fields, pasture, hay.

Current and past farming practices

  • Conventional

Current and past farming practices - more info

Family members developed the grazing infrastructure and ran 80+ head of Black Angus and Branvieh in addition to producing hay during 2006 – 2012. The property was then leased primarily for grazing and corn production from 2013 – 2018 and has more recently been used for soybean production.The farm is not under any conservation easement, but the landowners have installed extensive best management practices to improve and maintain water quality and wildlife habitat on the property. The family has made enormous efforts to protect the soil and water and wildlife on the property. This farm in Cherokee County is over 90% USDA Nationally Significant Prime Soils.

Additional aspects

The family is dedicated to the preservation and continued management of this farm. They would like to see the farm continue to be productive and to serve as a model of what can be possible for the region. They would like to make this farm available to the right person or family to pursue their dreams of sustainable agriculture. Candidates must be interested in sustainable or regenerative agriculture, be community minded, and hard working.