Land Offered

Land Offered

Your Name
Kretschmann Farm
Your Email Address
don@kretschmannfarm.com
County
Out of State
Is the land for lease or sale?
Lease
Are you planning to train or be a mentor to a farmer who farms this land?
Yes
Please briefly explain the terms of the lease or sale
Farm is in family trust. Long term lease for active farmer of land, buildings, equipment @5% of value/annum. Major repairs lessor's responsibility; maintanence/short term repairs lessee's responsiblily. Lease only equipment desired
How big is the total parcel of land?
51-100 acres
Additional details about how much is tillable, pasture and/or woodland
Approx. half tillable.
Is the land certified organic?
Yes
Any other details (Previous use, soils and water quality testing results, any synthetic chemicals used within three years etc.)
If you love growing vegetables, have been working for a few years in organic production, looking for land, and are thinking of where you might want to settle down in a farming career - here’s a bug in your ear—take over the:
Organic Vegetable Operation at Kretschmann Farm
Located just north of Pittsburgh, we are an 80 A organic vegetable and fruit farm. With 20-25 A of production we currently operate the largest single farm CSA in the Pittsburgh region.
We’re resolved to retire from active farming at the end of the 2019 season. We can imagine the apprehension anyone coming new to our farm, seeking their own dreams and fulfillment, might come with. Will you be able to pursue your own path and creativity? Will you miss crucial learning via the all-necessary School of Hard Knocks? Will you be happy without immediate full control and ownership?
We see the validity of all of these.
We are a very successful farm which generated $700K average gross income per year for the last 10 years. We’ve been at it over four decades. We’re on the verge of walking away from the vegetable farm—let go of the entire business, ceasing production. We’re not interested in selling the farm because daughter, Maria, is developing a hard cidery and expanding apple variety plantings. There is certainly room for both operations. In our opinion, ceasing vegetable production would be the loss of a tremendous opportunity for the right person. We well know how hard it is to get the critical mass for an economically successful and environmentally sustainable business—the customer base, organization, machinery, infrastructure, the permanent herbal and orchard plantings, much less the level of biological field fertility and productivity. As we age, we’d like to watch the farm continue to be productive and to take pleasure in the beautiful homestead we have created to feed our community organically.
We know the farm will inevitably pass into others’ hands. Vegetable production and marketing could pass into your hands now. In the future, it needn’t look exactly like it does currently. It can be whatever you’d like it to be—size, variety, production mix, marketing.
The ideal scenario is to find a farm entrepreneur with similar passion, energy, and commitment for environmental farming, while being willing to deal with the messy transition of a farm from one generation to the next. We would long-term-lease the land, buildings, and machinery to the new operator at a reasonable rate. (See website for equipment list how this would work) Again, this is highly flexible and can include your own equipment if you own some which you’d rather use. You could pursue other crop mix or marketing as you desire.
Requirements: Love of the land. Sufficient farming experience to hit the ground running--we feel this is a minimum of 3 years in vegetable production. Entrepreneurial spirit with maturity to appreciate a successful farm. The commitment, drive, and perseverance necessary to see through difficulties to successful crops and outcome. The responsibility to personally do whatever needs to be done. A well rounded intelligence and creative problem solving ability. Appreciation for regional natural cycles, events, and limitations. Reasonable optimism. Humility before nature and in relationships.
What you can expect from us: A commitment to your personal success and of the farm. Reasonable expectations based on farm history and the inevitable learning curve. Fairness and transparency. Appreciation of your need for ownership. Flexibility in timing and around family issues. Support in learning whatever needs to be learned.
If interested or you have any questions, give a call right away. Let’s go!
--Don & Becky Kretschmann
See the farm and further details at www.kretschmannfarm.com
Please describe any existing infrastructure: fencing, irrigation, buildings or housing on the property
Large bank barn; packing shed; machine shed; supplies building. 12x16 and 12x20' walkin coolers
House occupied by owner; lessor could live 10 min away 4br house in charming small town, 2 blocks from muni park; 2 blocks from elementary school in great school district. .6A irrigation pond w/elect pump, buried mains. 30x100 heated greenhouse; 30x100 hi tunnel; 20x100 rosemary tunnel; perennial herb beds; .5A rhubarb.
Date Submitted
08/26/19