There is no replacing historic agricultural land like the Hoffman Farm.
The 70-acre property is a classic Old Mission Peninsula estate, with the natural elegance and deep agricultural heritage that make the area so unique. The Conservancy has understood the value of protecting the Hoffman Farm since our earliest days, and now, we have a chance to save this extraordinary place for future generations.
One of the highest points on the peninsula, the farm offers sweeping views of rolling cherry orchards and forested hillsides against a stunning backdrop of West Grand Traverse Bay. It features unique and locally important agricultural soils, as well as 20 acres of hardwood forest, five acres of wetland, a pond and a creek that flows into West Bay.
Established in 1880, the farm has been managed by the same family for more than 100 years. Four generations of growers have produced cherries, apples, pumpkins, and other crops there – a tradition the Hoffman family hoped to pass on to the next generation. However, without a succession plan in place, the farm’s future was left uncertain.
After listing the farm for sale, Mrs. Hoffman launched conversations with GTRLC to protect the land with a conservation easement and sell it to neighboring farmers. The purchase of an easement would not only prevent future development on the property but would enable the land’s new owners to sustain the property’s proud agricultural tradition by making the land more affordable. Once the land is protected and the transfer is complete, the new owners of the Hoffman farmland plan to replant the property and utilize the acreage to expand their current farming operations.
GTRLC applied for funding through the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program for half of the fair market value of the easement. The landowner has agreed to a 25 percent bargain sale, and GTRLC is privately fundraising for the remaining 25 percent.