Spring Hill Tenant Sought for Town-Owned Farm

CHESTER – The trustees of Spring Hill Farm are looking for a new tenant for the town-owned farm on Towle Road, and with winter coming, they’re looking to fill the spot soon.
Though trustees noted great success with recent tenants Maggie and Glenn Crawford and their Maggie Mae Farms enterprise, personal reasons unconnected to the farm have caused the couple to move out.

The goal for the farm remains the same. In 1996 Muriel Church bequeathed her 400 acres to the town with hopes that not only would it continue to provide a home for her animals but that it would continue to operate as a working farm and as a welcoming open space for Chester’s residents.
Church lived frugally on Social Security and a teacher’s pension so as to keep her farm intact. She stipulated in the donation that she intended and hoped that the property would be used for both recreation and education while maintaining its role as a working farm.
Specifically the trustees are offering use of the 1850s farmhouse, large barn and several outbuildings on the large acreage in return for a modest rental of the house and the care of Church’s remaining three cows, Sweet Potatoe, Norma and Spring. In addition the farm offers the opportunity to conduct farming operations with the land.
The home is a seven room, three-bedroom farm house, and the farm has approximately 40 acres in open space, which are organically certified and currently in use for hay production and pasturing. The remaining acreage is forested. There are also three farm ponds and numerous hiking and riding trails. The right tenant will also have use of the farm’s equipment and tractors.
The trustees are seeking someone with experience in all phases of farming and livestock management, who is interested in developing a sustainable farm on site.
Trustee Chuck Myette said the goal is to keep Church’s dream alive. But also important are the openness and welcoming nature of the property. The farm offers a great opportunity to the right tenants, he said.
The trustees are looking to get through the process of finding a new tenant quickly.
Anyone interested should contact trustee chair Jeff Geary at jgeary70@yahoo.com or 785-8908 by Dec. 6.

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