Over the last 10 years Broadturn Farm has gone from a vacant piece of farmland at the end of a traditional farming lineage, to a revitalized community-centered organic farm with a novel approach to tenancy and ownership. John and Stacy cultivate 12+ acres, 2 in flowers and the rest in produce and cover crops. There are about 100 open acres, most of which is suitable for pasture and hay relative to the slope and drainage. The rest is wooded.
In 2004, the Scarborough Land Trust purchased and forever preserved the 434 acre Meserve Farm. In the fall of 2006, John Bliss and Stacy Brenner became tenants at the Farm, which they renamed Broadturn Farm. In 2010, the Land Trust and John and Stacy signed a unique 30 year lease. This is a grand experiment in farmland preservation and the development of a viable farm business.
John and Stacy have written, presented and consulted on the topic of modern farmland tenancy. Please be in contact if their expertise might be useful.