Buy protected farmland near Ann Arbor through the Greenbelt program

A photo of crops in front of a barn and silo.

NORTHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Area farmers can now buy local, protected farmland through the City of Ann Arbor’s Greenbelt program.

For the first time in 20 years, the program is offering an opportunity to buy affordable farmland through its new buy-protect-sell initiative, a notice from the city said.

The Greenbelt program uses grants, donations other funding to protect farmland and open spaces around Tree Town through land preservation efforts.

A 54-acre parcel of land on Nollar Road in Northfield Township--about seven miles north of Ann Arbor--is being sold in two chunks: a 20-acre North Parcel and a 34-acre South Parcel. The combined conservative value of the farm was appraised to be around $326,000, according to the sale packet.

Farmers can submit a proposal to buy either parcel, or both.

The property and its structures can be visited from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, or from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. City of Ann Arbor staff will be onsite to discuss the property and the sale process. Potential buyers are encouraged to register for a visit here.

Purchasing offers are due by Monday, Sept. 11.

Take a look at a map of the property or read about its history in the sale packet here.

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