Farm in Transition seeking a Farmer

From Chad Morse:

I hope this email finds you all well and living lives as delicious as one of Stephanie’s strawberry pies. Some of you may know that I moved out to Central Illinois early in 2012 to begin transitioning the conventional corn & soybean farm my dad grew up on to organic production. The winds of fate have blown me back to California where I’ve recently started as the farm supervisor at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. I am still pushing forward with the transition of the Illinois farm, and I am looking for an organic farmer or two to rent the house and 3 – 5 acres of land to. If you know of anyone who might be looking for land at a very reasonable rate in the Midwest, feel free to put him or her in touch with me. My motivations are essentially the following: to restore the health of the land on the family farm and to provide access to land for up and coming farmers who might have difficulty finding it otherwise. Below are some details on the land and the house.

  1. Location: Odell, Illinois (pop. 1000). Approx 90 miles SW of Chicago off of Interstate 55. Accessible to farmers markets in Chicago and its suburbs, Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana, Peoria, etc.
  2. House: 1700 sq ft., single storey. 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Constructed 1991 – very well built. 1.25 acre lot. Approx 200 yards from the farm.
  3. Land: 3 – 5 acres (depending on growing needs of renter. Possibility of expanding acreage in future years) of prairie soil, part of larger 115 acre corn and soybean farm. 2 acres have been cover cropped since Spring 2012. Access to large equipment shed and town water.