Three Rivers Land Trust (3RLT) is looking for a farmer (or possibly two) to purchase agricultural land in the Town of Acton, Maine. The property is part of a large conservation initiative being spearheaded by 3RLT that includes multiple parcels of farm, forest and shoreland. The 218 acres available are part of a 243-acre former apple orchard operation known as Romac Orchard located on Goat Hill. The 25-acre top of Goat Hill, a scenic gem offering 360 degree views of surrounding countryside, is being acquired by the Town of Acton for use as a town park. Of the remaining acreage, approximately 60 acres of the property is open agricultural land, including 7 acres of remaining apple orchard, 20 – 30 acres of tillable field and the balance suitable for hay and pastureland. There are a number of small utilitarian structures on the property, but no house or barn. Slopes are primarily southern and western.
The price of $265,000 reflects a conservation easement that will be be placed on the property when the deal closes, restricting uses to farming and forestry. The price has been arrived at through negotiations with the owner and Maine Farmland Trust. The public attraction of Goat Hill and the surrounding conservation lands makes the property an ideal location for a farm buyer interested in a retail operation, education and agritourism. We anticipate selling the 218 acres of field, forest and orchard to one or two buyers. The agricultural conservation easement on the land will allow for development of a farmstead, including residence and agricultural buildings and use of the lands in accordance with sound farming practices. The property is being offered for sale by the current owner as a high-value estate lot or potential subdivision. However, 3RLT would offer the agricultural land to a farm buyer at a greatly reduced price reflecting its agricultural, rather than development value. The opportunity is time-sensitive, so please respond promptly if you are interested in learning more about this farmland acquisition opportunity. You may contact me by e-mail or phone.
Contact Carl Davis, 3RLT Board Member, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.491.3075
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