Lease up to 2 acres w/irrigation, equipment, high tunnel, post harvest facility, & walk-in cooler at Good Hope Farm

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County: Wake

Location: 1580 Morrisville Carpenter Road, Cary, NC

Total acres 29.0

Acres of cropland/tillable land 2.0

Acres of pasture 0.0

Acres of unfenced pasture 0.0

Property Description

Good Hope Farm is a 29-acre historic property is located in northwest Cary. In production for over 100 years, the site is now owned by the Town of Cary and leased to Piedmont Conservation Council. The property is managed with the assistance of three other non-profit organizations: The Conservation Fund, NC Community Development Initiative, and Conservation Trust for North Carolina.

Type of opportunity

  • Lease (1 to 5 Years)
  • Incubator / Mentored Lease

Type of opportunity - more info

Good Hope Farm may be right for you if: - you have agricultural production knowledge - you want to start or expand your farm business - you are searching for affordable farmland - you want to farm in a community environment - you value sustainable agricultural practices - you have limited access to capital for farm equipment and infrastructure

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Fencing
  • Greenhouse
  • Farm equipment
  • Processing facilities
  • Irrigation equipment
  • Cold storage (cooler/freezer)

Equipment & infrastructure - more info

- production plots from 0.5 to 2 acres - plot irrigation with metered valves - walk-behind tractor with tiller - full-sized tractor with front-end loader - 30' X 65' high tunnel - washing and packing station - 8' by 8' walk-in cooler - hand tools, tool storage, and seeder

Current production on farm

  • Field crops
  • Flowers
  • Vegetable production

Current production on farm - more info

Farmers are accepted by application with an approved business plan. The farmers on site focus on diverse vegetable production and cut flowers. Other potential crops must be discussed with the farm manager prior to planting.

Current and past farming practices

  • Transitioning to organic
  • Ecological production but not certified

Current and past farming practices - more info

This property was originally used by bright leaf tobacco farmers. After its acquisition by the Town of Cary in 2008, it was cover cropped to rebuild soil quality. The cultivator farm program has been operating since spring 2017, with 11 0.5 acre production plots. No conventional chemicals have been used since fall 2016. All farmers are required to follow National Organic Program standards and use sustainable agriculture practices.

Additional aspects

Additional information available on our website: http://goodhopefarm.org/