The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is soliciting proposals for farmers to rent farmland located at the Templeton Developmental Center (TDC) in Templeton, Massachusetts. The property comprises multiple fields ranging in size from 1.5 acres to 22 acres. The total land area available is approximately 175 acres. Farmers may seek license agreements with the state for one or multiple fields. Licenses are for up to 5 years with an option to renew for 5 years. Eligible applicants are agricultural operations as defined by M.G.L. c. 128, Sec. 1A that are principally and substantially engaged in the business of production agriculture or farming for commercial purposes.
No minimum acceptable rent has been established for the agricultural fields. Acceptable rent will be based on the proposed use of the fields and will reflect current market rates.
The deadline for applications is no later than 3:00 PM, April 28, 2021. The details are below: