Landsdowne Farm

Ann Arbor, MI, Washtenaw County

Lease

Jun 2, 2024

Acreage

  • 12 Acres Available
  • 8 Open Tillable Acres

Infrastructure and Equipment Available

  • Barns or other facilities
  • Electrical Access
  • Irrigation/Water Access
  • Road access

Past/Current Land Usage

  • Bees
  • Fruit Trees
  • Horses
  • Poultry - Layers

Vision for the Farm

I have raised horses, chickens, peacocks and bees here. I am open to your suggestions. Some farm animals would be fun. 

Fencing needs an update and one water hydrant in the barn froze and broke. I have had minimal success with fruit trees. The deer have been a problem for most things I tried to grow and I learned that every young tree needs a fence. 

Past/Current Land Usage

  • Bees
  • Fruit Trees
  • Horses
  • Poultry - Layers

Acreage description

Most is grass pasture, home, yard and scant woods, mostly buckthorn. We have planted some scattered evergreens, shade trees and fruit trees. 

Description of the property’s current condition, current use(s), and past use(s)

Currently not being used for agricultural purposes. I have a lot of long grass with not many weeds. I would love for someone to mow it for hay. It is free.

I no longer have horses, chickens or bees, although I still have hives and bee-keeping equipment. The 3-stall barn is currently storing furniture, as is the shed. It is partly fenced with an old picturesque split rail fence. In the back of the pasture, there is some decrepit rusty wire fencing with barbed wire that has been partly removed.

I have removed many big rocks to make the fields safe for mowing. There may still be a small rock or stump somewhere that I might have missed. We are in the process of having more forest mulching done to remove more buckthorns in the back of the property. 

Additional Information

No pesticide or fertilizer has been applied in many years. About 10 years ago, someone sprayed roundup on the driveway. Carpenter bees are sprayed in the shed each year.

Soil Type(s)

clay

Transition Agreement

Lease

Because so much work needs to be down to make it usable, I am not asking for $ to lease this year. We will come to an agreement for the future depending on how much money and work is put into to it. 

The last people who had horses here were here for 20 years.

It is not for sale.

Price for Lease Per Acre

$0- see note

Production Preferences

Preferred Farming Method

Certified Organic, Organic Practices

Infrastructure and Equipment Available

  • Barns or other facilities
  • Electrical Access
  • Irrigation/Water Access
  • Road access