Farm for Sale
Over the past eight years we’ve risen with the sun shining through the back woods, and we’ve said good-bye to each day a different color sky and water to our west, the pond as reflective as our thoughts. Countless forts were built in those back woods, our children turned partly fish in that front pond, and our daughter birthed in this cozy, log home, but our family is as dynamic and changing as the farm that surrounds us. We are ready for a shift in life.
We built this farm to be as resilient as possible to the challenges of farming reality. We could plant every week we need to plant because of a drain system. We could water and irrigate easily. Ample season extension space provided significant income fall, winter and spring. This farm consistently and reliably produced food year round and supported our family as our sole income. We did this without compromising some of our own values. We've never used black plastic as a mulch option, nor have we used organic approved insecticides or fungicides. The soil is clean and cherished and loved. We are ready for others to carry forward this integrated growing system. We offer the farm and our home for sale for the price of $399,900.
For a smartphone friendly viewing of some farm and house pictures, click on the zillow listing. The listing on this page has more specific details about individual buildings and pictures after the details.
Included in the sale are
- 20 acres of land that has been certified organic for the past 8 years
- log home
- 30x40 barn
- artesian well
- 10 acres of tiled, silty loam soil
- 4 hoophouses
- 2 greenhouses
- 1/2 acre season extension Haygrove tunnel
- pavilion with 8x15 walk-in cooler
- irrigation pumphouse with microscope room and compost tea brewer
- 3 vegetable storage buildings
- 2 ponds
- 25 fruit trees planted in 2011 (apples, peach, cherries, pears and plums)
- younger perennials of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, other lesser known fruits and 1/4 acre asparagus patch.
This is actually two 10 acre parcels, so an additional residence could be added making this the perfect shared homestead between 2 families.
Though we have served the Royal Oak Farmers' Market in Metro Detroit the past 7 years, the farm is also in driving distance of Flint, Saginaw, Midland and Bay City markets.
The farm is mostly open land, but is surrounded on all sides with woods and has no visible neighbors, though the neighbor's horses often graze in small pastures visible from the front fields. The little building seen in the aerial of the farm across the road was torn down after the picture was taken.
The 24x30 cedar log home sits about 1,000 feet off the road. It’s 900 sq ft. The basement is not included in that sq footage is approx 640 sq ft and has a 9 foot high ceiling. A Vermont Casting Defiant woodstove is in the basement and has exclusively heated the whole house for all our winters here. Warm floors = warm feet : -) Wood is thrown down through the basement window making for easy transport. There is also a propane furnace as a back-up source of heat.
There's a raised, field stone kitchen garden directly in front of house.
8x15 masonry stone worm composting bin.
Pole barn 30x40 220 electric, water and crushed concrete floor. There are two large lean-tos off the barn wall for extra equipment storage and garlic drying rafters.
10 acres tiled land with tiling every 18 feet. The tiled land is divided into four quadrants with a valve for each section so isolated areas of the farm can be drained at will. This benefit allows for fields to hold moisture if so desired, which has been beneficial during times of drought or when growing specific crops on specified quadrants that necessitate more or less moisture. Drained water is pumped from a cistern in the pump house into the pond.
12x17 Pump house sits over drain tile cistern and houses 175 gallon compost tea tank and a microscope room for microbial analysis. The Pump house also serves as irrigation headquarters for the farm. From here, a flick of a switch pumps pond water on the fields through drip lines or overhead irrigation. A different switch sends compost tea through drip lines to anywhere in the field or hoophouses. Another switch pumps field-drained water from the cistern into the pond.
Artesian well that flows at about 3 gallon/minute most of the year. We’ve lived here since 2010 and it’s only flowed all twelve months two of the years. Usually it stops flowing for a month or two in the summer, but never more than that. The water comes from a depth of 237 ft. Artesian well water can also be accessed by a basement water spigot, so even during power outages, there is flowing water inside the house.
Large pond fed by the artesian well. Stocked with blue gill and bass and fancied with beach sand and bonfire on the east side for evening west side sunset enjoyment.
Smaller pond in back that dwindles to roughly 40’ x 40’ and snow melts into 60x60
200x50 permanent fenced in pasture with three sided 125 sq ft animal shelter
50x18 Pavilion/Pack-out Place with electric and water hook-up. The 300 gallon stainless steel tub for washing veggies/greens drains its water into the pond. A triple bottom stainless steel sink is also in that space and used for veggie wash up.
8x15 Walk-in Cooler outfitted with cool-bot technology. It's located under the pavilion as well.
12x12 Insulated Packout for winter washing with heated radiant concrete floor, electric, and hydrant.
20x16 Cooler/winter storage building made with 10’’ thick structurally insulated panels (SIP). We call this The SQUOT. The SQU stands for Squash, the O for Onions, and T for Tomatoes. This dry location is the where we store those particular crops after harvest as well as market packaging supplies. Three lean-tos are attached that serve as hand tool sheds and small tractor shelters.
Shipping Container-turned Root Cellar and storage.
Semi -trailer–turned Root Cellar with electric hook up, climate control, cement flooring with radiant floor tubing installed.
72x300 (½ acre) three season Haygrove tunnel with extra structural reinforcements and underground irrigation connection to the pump house. This large space provides extra season extension and tomato blight control along with ample space for large scale ginger and sweet potato growing.
20x48 Propagation house. Has two long benches with propane heaters and water hydrant. Roll up steel doors.
15x48 Inflated, double plastic greenhouse with concrete, radiant heated 8x40 plant bench. Propane furnace, electricity and hydrant.
32x100 Inflated, double plastic greenhouse with 250,000 BTU propane furnace, circulation fans, electric and hydrant. Roll up sides and roll up steel doors.
30x75 Inflated double plastic hoophouse with circulation fans, roll up sides, roll up steel doors, electric, and hydrant.
20x148 hoophouse with roll up sides and roll up steel doors, electric, hydrant.
30x150 inflated, double plastic hoophouse, circulation fans, roll up sides, roll up steel doors, electricity and hydrant.
Hoophouses and greenhouses have frost-free hydrants for water source from the well along with a separate set of hydrants that connect to the pond for irrigation the rest of the year.
25 semi-dwarf fruit trees planted in 2011. Apples, peach, cherry, pear and plums
Various perennial fruits
18 blueberry bushes
3 70’ rows of Raspberries
¼ acre asparagus patch
20x120 Hugelkultur bed
4 acres of crop are currently planted for a fall harvest. We retain rights to the crop unless otherwise negotiated. (810)513-7633
Aerial picture of farm taken in 2012
Overview. Picture from road.
Fireplace from the inside living room.
View opposite the fireplace.
Opposite side of loft/3rd bedroom.
View from the loft.
And a different angle...
View when walking in side entrance.
Pond view out the kitchen window.
Each night a new reflection.
Peach tree behind the house; the first place the kids walked to leaving the house in July 2017.
The foreground tree in this picture is the same peach tree as above but in 2019. Full of fruit again, but the cool spring has us waiting for their maturation. Ten fruit trees are in this orchard.
Ripened cherries from this year.
Propagation hoophouse in front and 30x75 hoophouse behind it.
This is an inside view of the propagation house in an early March before we had a second propagation house. This house has propane burners under the benches and plastic rolls down over the hoops on the bench to create a mini-greenhouse effect.
A view from under the second layer of plastic after some time, water, warmth and sun.
Plants started inside the 15x48 Inflated, double plastic greenhouse with concrete, radiant heated 8x40 plant bench. Propane furnace, electricity and hydrant.
Also, a picture from the above greenhouse. Beyond starting plants for winter hoophouse planting, it serves as place to cure winter squash after harvest in the fall.
The butternut before harvest :-)
12x12 Insulated packout for winter washing with heated radiant concrete floor, electric, and hydrant is the structure seen to the back center of picture. A lean-to comes off its north side. The packout door also serves to the entrance of the greenhouse, which works great for winter mircrogreen harvest. The tender micros never need to be exposed to the chill before their washing station. The wash/pack room is separated from the greenhouse with an interior door. One of the vegetable storage buildings can be seen between the packout and pavilion.
Harvest day pavilion shot.
Inside the pavilion. Door to the cooler seen behind.
Front view of hoop/green houses from pump house
30 x 150 hoophouse in December
1/4 acre asparagus behind hoophouses
30x100 Greenhouse in December
30x100 Greenhouse in late fall.
Harvesting wine caps in the orchard in front of the three hoophouses/greenhouses just pictured. Twelve Fruit trees are in this orchard.
This is the field between the above pictured hoophouses/greenhouses and the Haygrove. The Haygrove (structure to the left) is a three season growing extension. The plastic comes off in the winter before snowfall and is put back on in the spring as is in progress in this picture.
Another view of the Haygrove in the fall. The row cover seen over these lettuce beds will protect the greens from frost and allow us to harvest outdoors until colder temps set in.
One bay of the Haygrove filled with tomato plants. The advantage of the Haygrove is much better protection from fungal pathogens and even better plant growth then in hoophouses because of a a more reflective plastic.
Sweet potatoes also love all the space and heat afforded by the Haygrove.
Late fall outdoors crop. There's plenty to take to the market still.
Potatoes! View from road.
View from back of farm to the front.
Sheep seeking the shade. Besides two cats there are no longer animals on the property.
Pump house behind a dew covered cover crop of rye.
This farm is all set up for growing plenty of food throughout the entire year. The picture above is from Labor Day weekend at the Royal Oak Farmers' Market.
Able to buy the farm, but not the desire or ability to do the farming? Or able and experienced to farm, but lacking the money to finance the purchase? Still contact us! Either we can help find a farm manager, or we can possibly find a financier for a soul, couple or family wanting to grow awesome food for the community.
Video of pumphouse: