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Certified Organic ***** Certified GAP

1552 CR 267, Cameron, TX 76520

$1,560,000 – real property

*** water rights & surface rights will transfer with no additional charge
*** no minerals

2017 appraisal available for review (no value included for the aquaponics - sellers throwing that in for free as well as training and introduction to wholesale buyers AFTER closing

Buyer to pay appraised value, and all closing costs (including title)
Seller to pay for appraisal and survey

1 main brick home (2160 sq. ft - 3 bedrooms / 3 baths / 1 office / living / dining / kitchen / laundry - covered porch all the way around home)
4 cottages (750 sq ft, 750 sq ft, 336 sq ft with additional porch, 288 sq ft - buyer to verify)
3 aquaponic facilities (3200 sq ft each - 4400 sq ft growing space in troughs)
1 greenhouse (3200 sq ft each
1 packing shed
3 walk in coolers (2 in produce area / 1 in dairy area)
1 milking barn (small - 7 cows at a time)
1 commercial kitchen area
1 tank room
2 storage
1 office/general store building
3 sheds (2 permanent - 1 mobile)
1 underground storage
1 large livestock barn with workshop

This farm has been known as “Sand Creek Farm” for many years. It is now offered for sale, a small piece of prime production land in the rolling hills of Milam County, TX.

Sand Creek Farm is centrally located between Dallas * Houston * Austin. We have fantastic universities less than an hour from the farm … Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and Baylor University in Waco, TX. If your child wants to ride on a Collegiate Equestrian Team, either of these Universities would be an excellent choice.

College Station, Waco and Temple all offer excellent medical care via Baylor/Scott & White and St. Joseph’s Hospital. In the close by town of Cameron, TX there is a Scott & White clinic as well as a very well run hospital and clinic owned by Little River Health Care.

This 169.94 acres sits on loamy sand and an aquifer. The water is 40-80 feet below the surface and all water and surface rights transfer with the farm, no minerals transfer with the farm.

Cameron, TX is the County Seat of Milam, County with a beautiful town square and courthouse. If you are interested in politics or community services, this area is primed and ready for good management to step in and step up commerce. The land in this area is rich, we have 31-36″ rain per year, the Brazos and Little Brazos river runs through the county, and we have aquifers under the land. Milam County could easily be the largest county for organic food production in the State of Texas with the right leadership.

The owners of Sand Creek Farm have been leaders in the raw milk industry and aquaponics in Texas. Sand Creek Farm itself and it’s owners have been the subject of documentaries in France, HGTV, and appeared in numerous magazine articles.

Since 2006 Sand Creek Farm owners utilized Sand Creek Farm as a training center for Young Farmers with direct to consumer as the main revenue source. With a diverse and easily scalable sustainable farm model for food production SCF could have 1 employee up to 13 interns and never miss a beat. The farm would often have all of these production areas operational: aquaponic vegetable and herb production, soil grown vegetables by tractor or horse drawn equipment, raw milk from the dairy cows and other creamery items, pastured chicken, pork and beef, as well as production of field grown vegetables. This does not have to be your model – but it was the current owner’s model until mid 2016. Now the farm is mainly wholesale organic produce in the soil and a homestead farm for the current owners.

Over the years the current owners added 4 Cottages/Bunkhouses to the farm in addition to the main brick home. Having housing for people on the farm made production easier and renting the cottages in-between times brought in a little extra income. Allowing campers on occasion or a traveler that needs to plug in their RV for the night, on top of food production, is a nice bonus to promote the farm as well.

There are 3 Aquaponic Facilities and 1 Tropical Fruit Tree Greenhouse on the farm...

Sand Creek Farm is home to 3 Commercial Aquaponic Facilities, 1 Fruit Tree Greenhouse, a packing shed and a 2 compartment walk-in cooler. If you would like to add additional greenhouses to the farm after purchase, owner, Ben Godfrey, specialized in profitable Farm production models and in that often helps people negotiate the intricacies of the NRCS Equip program for a grant to purchase and install greenhouses. Ben Godfrey helps farmer around the country through his company Sustainable Farm Supply to mechanize to scale of production.

The aquaponic facilities are certified organic. Currently we grow for the wholesale market.

Produce grown in the aquaponic facilities thus far include: bok choi, tat soi, red rain mustard, mizuma, mibuna, lettuce, green onion, leeks, mint, basil, malabar spinach, dill, watercress, cilantro, pineapple (just for fun), swiss chard, kale, collards, baby beets, baby turnips, and more.

Other methods can be added to the current systems for other kinds of production. Some like to introduce shale beds to grow more closely spaced items on a larger scale or put in dead end drip systems to fruiting plants in pots or in the ground both inside and outside their greenhouse.

The aquaponic facilities are 32×100, 2 are larger and have 1,600 sq. ft. of growing space; the 3rd one has 1,200 sq. ft. of growing space. Depending on the spacing and product grown, profit can vary widely. For something like lettuce, there is about 865 available holes for harvest per week in one facility = 96 (2×2 boards). For something like baby lettuce it would equate to 1,632 holes per week in one of the larger facilities. Of course, this is farming, these numbers can be greatly affected by bad management, grasshoppers, poor quality water, lack of nutrition, etc. Good management can yield ~40+ weeks per year of good production. If the systems are rented out individually, and each renter does 100% of the work, marketing, and delivery themselves, each facility requires a maximum 1 person, 32 hours/week. This includes plant care/transfer, fish care, harvest, clean up, seeding and 7 hours a week of delivery. If all 3 are well managed, 3 workers, and only 1 delivery driver, that cuts 14 hours off of the total time, making a total of 82 hours per week for all 3 facilities on average. If you decide to grow a crop that is cut for harvest but the plant roots remain in the water, where the plant regrows, your time requirements for labor can be greatly reduced.

The Tropical Fruit Tree Greenhouse has banana trees and a couple of citrus trees in the ground, the trees can be removed if so desired. One year the greenhouse was home to tomatoes and cucumbers in the soil; another year tomatoes, peppers, herbs and cut flowers in pots on the black mat; other times we use the black mat to start transplants for the field; another time to teach from a micro-aquaponic system for demonstration. Pumping over aquaponic water to water the plants in this greenhouse also gives an exponential boost over well water with packaged amendments. Everything grown with aquaponic water seems to thrive in an amazing way. The sky is the limit to your ability to generate income utilizing diverse, economical, established assets.

Many things will grow on this farm and in these facilities. Ask the owner of the farm for more ideas.

An entrance to the Brazos river is about 5 miles down the road, a great place to put in a canoe for river fun for visitors and family.

You many continue with these streams of revenue if you like or change the farm as suits your business or family plans.

more information on www.listing.sandcreekfarm.net

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