Hello! We have been working sooo hard on getting our Organic (Not Certified) Farm going here just outside the quaint village of Luther (North of Big Rapids, South of Cadillac). But, I just got offered an amazing job South of Grand Rapids, and we are going to go for it. So we are looking for someone to take over our land contract and our farm all in one.
To be clear, we are not yet certified organic, but the property has never been farmed before us. We just moved here earlier this year, and would stay but I got offered an amazing job down south. We owe about $29K on the property. We put $1750 down and have paid $1600 in monthly. Monthly is $535 until next May, when it goes down to $380. You would just take over the monthly after paying whatever package deal you decide to go with, and we would get the land contract switched to your name
Basically, we have almost everything needed to have a market garden and chicks/turkeys/pigs/goats.
But we are willing to take $10k down in cash for just the land with the improvements we have made (including the deposit and monthly payments so far)
-a cleared road from front to back
-plenty of felled and limbed oak, maple, and pine for firewood and/or a cordwood house
-1/8 acre cleared and tilled (some isn't planted if you can get onto the property early enough), with another 1/8 being cleared by pigs now- put about $800 in compost and $400 in labor
- a 12x12 brooder house that we were planning on turning into a goat/layer house for the winter. It is tarped for now and we were going to use tin panels. It is made of hardwood and very sturdy- worth about $400
-a 12x50 PVC hoophouse with greenhouse plastic that we spent 800 on
-a 1700 foot perimeter 8 wire high tensile electric Fence with a Parmak Magnum DC Charger and 3 marine batteries (we put about $7500 parts and labor into this alone). It will keep out deer and bears and foxes and dogs. It will keep in goats and is a good perimeter(secondary) fence for pigs and chickens and turkeys
If you want to take over the animal side of the farm, all animals and infrastructure is another $8k. The animals themselves are worth about $15k when sold (more if you count the perpetual piglets that come with having breeders)
Or you could just take some of them.
- We have our Berkshire pigs sold (8 of them-ready in Oct or Nov) so if you move in soon, you can make a profit on them (they will sell for about $350-400 each and we would want 150-200 each, so sell for $2400, pay $1200- profit $1200). Otherwise, we will sell them.
- We have 19 piglets (some may sell soon) from 2-5 weeks old at $30 each (selling for $40-50 at 8 weeks old outside of this deal- and some may be about to be sold) and one mama due anytime. $600
-There are 5 sows total (including the pregnant one) and a handsome boar for $1000
There are 7 4 month olds and 4 6 month olds for $50 each (normally $75)-$500
-There are 400+ chickens, ready in a month, worth about $15-16.25 each (you would need to butcher or pay for butchering)- $2000 total (obviously taken off if you don't move in until after they are done)
-100+ Turkeys, 4 weeks old, ready for thanksgiving. Will sell for about $50-$60 each, depending on what you ask for per pound- total $5000, asking $1500 now, and the price will go up due to labor and feeding if you don't move in until later
-2 Nubian Goats in milk $150 each
-moveable Hog pen for pasturing: 8 Hog panels and 11 t posts $200
-nursery pen: approx 20x50 sheep wire and 26 t posts, separated right now into a juvenile poultry side, and a Mama Baby Pig side with a Birthing area $300
-waterers, feeders, scoops $100
-we have about $1000 worth of organic feed and vitamins left
Then, we have optional items that are part of the farm infrastructure:
-2 300 gal water tanks $300
-pump and hose kit for pumping from the river down the road $300
Bravo hammer grain milk almost new $300
-2 3000 gal pools for water storage $200
-electric Hog net fencing almost new 200 feet (great for posturing) $150
-propane brooder heater almost new-works awesome! $250
-earthquake rototiller only used for the 1/8 acre $250
-2 John Deere 212 mowers with carts that need work $200
-2001 Sierra Phoenix Fifth wheel in good condition. All systems work- has small amount of previous leakage (from before we got it) in the roof but we have kept it tarped with no issues. $1500
-2003 Dodge Ram 3/4 ton farm truck with fifth wheel hitch Runs well, will need some work soon, can pull and carry A LOT $4000
We are able to do all of the above for $25k in cash
Additionally, we have our amazing custom built (by us) tiny house. It USB unfinished on the inside, but has space for a sleeping loft and a storage loft. The floor is heavily insulated and super Sturdy. The walls need a little more insulation for winter.
We are selling alone for $17k, will make a package deal with all the above for $40k in cash
Or we can create a custom deal for what you want
Feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org or text at 231-388-0315
My wife and I are over in Tustin — not too far from Luther. We moved from Chicago just over two years ago now. Interesting to see someone so close on permies. Sorry to see you go! You might want to go into Yoder's of Tustin (Amish store) and post on their bulletin board and ask them if they know anyone looking for land.