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State-Owned Farmland Licensing Program

The State-owned Farmland Licensing Program makes state-owned agricultural land available to farmers.

The primary purpose of the State-owned Farmland Licensing Program is to make publicly-owned agricultural land available to farmers and others through agricultural licenses.

State-owned farmland parcels which are under the Care and Control of MDAR, and which are licensed for 5 year periods include:

Agawam Criminal Justice Training Center, Agawam (12.00 acres)

Danvers Agricultural Reserve, Danvers (205.50 acres)

Former Grafton State Hospital 1, Westborough (16.10 acres)

Taunton State Hospital, Lakeville (49.30 acres)

Middleborough 1 Middleborough (8.40 acres)

Northampton Agricultural Reserve, Northampton (283.75 acres)

Westborough State Hospital, Westborough (18.46 acres)

Westborough State Hospital, Westborough (51.10 acres)

The Department also licenses out farmland on other state properties under agreement with the appropriate state agency. Land licenses are bid out through an RFR process. Related RFR and other program notices will be posted here and in the Farm and Market Report.

Up to 3 Parcels of State Owned Land on Prime and State Important Soils Available to Rent in Lakeville

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is seeking applications for the use of up to three parcels of agricultural land in Lakeville off of Bridge Street. The parcels are shown in the map as Field 2 (8.4 acres);  Field 3 (8.2 acres) and Field 7 (4.3 acres).  Soils are classified as prime and state important.  Applicants may bid on any number of the parcels. The application is available below.

Location: Bridge Street, Lakeville
Deadline: Application Deadline is July 15, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Request for Response (RFR) & Application