The city of Green wants farming proposals for the lease of the historic Hartong Farmstead, which includes an 1883 house and barn.

Proposals are being accepted through Nov. 1.

City officials revealed earlier this year they planned to seek proposals for the city-owned 20-acre farmstead, which includes about 15 tillable acres, off Massillon Road, in Southgate Park. On Friday, the city announced that proposals are now being accepted.

The monthly rent is $1,250, according to the Hartong Farmstead Request for Proposals document available online at www.cityofgreen.org/hartong-farmstead-home.

Green is looking for proposals that embrace the idea of returning the land to its original use — a small-scale farm, city officials said in a release Friday.

Applicants must have “substantial knowledge of ecologically sustainable production and management practices and an understanding of what practices are best suited to this ecologically sensitive site,” Green officials said.

The Hartong Initiative — as the city has dubbed its effort — was developed with the local nonprofit group called Countryside. Among Countryside’s projects is the Countryside Initiative, which has spearheaded the establishment of farms in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that produce everything from wine to bacon. Countryside also operates three farm markets in the Akron area.

In June, the nonprofit’s CEO, Tracy Emrick, met with Green residents at a public meeting and talked about how such a program could work.

Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer said in June the plan would help reduce city maintenance costs and create a more valuable educational experience for visitors.

The first site in Green to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Levi J. Hartong farmstead is composed of a farmhouse, barn, summer kitchen, chicken coop and agricultural outbuildings.

Neugebauer has said the city has spent about $400,000 to preserve the home and barn.

The 48-page Hartong Farmstead Request for Proposals includes a draft lease agreement, soil map and map of Southgate well locations. The rent amount is to be adjusted annually, based on the current Consumer Price Index.

Proposals will be accepted until 4 p.m. Nov. 1. For more information, contact Sarah Haring, Green community development administrator, at sharing@cityofgreen.org or 330-896-6614.

 

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