For New Farmers
#309 - Partners sought for ongoing farm enterprise in central VT: a diversified organic farm raising vegetables, fruit, greenhouse plants and poultry, with a bakery, campground, and an educational component seeks farmer(s) interested in establishing a livestock operation and being actively engaged in vegetable and/or fruit production. Farm consists of 40 open acres, about 20 for livestock and 10 for mixed crops. Water is plentiful and of excellent quality. Buildings include two greenhouses, a barn, a new farmhouse with licensed kitchen, a 24’x 32’ off-grid woods house, and some older and smaller buildings for storage and the guest part of the farm. There are three tractors and some crop production equipment. Marketing is well-established, at a large farmers’ market, and local wholesale outlets.
#340 - Land for lease in Charlotte, VT(northwest central): 5.6A of mowed, partially-fenced pasture suitable for rotational grazing, or food crops with creek frontage and road frontage, within a half-hour of Burlington. Lease terms are flexible.
#348 - A Small Family Farm Estate, A Development Investment for immediate sale: 7A in Arlington, VT (southwestern). Open meadowland with river frontage, prime land with excellent soils, access, and available water; includes barn with loft, studio and office/showroom space on well-travelled road. Land or buildings can be dealt with separately if necessary.
#360 - Owner of farmland in Newfane, VT seeks young farmers interested in living on and renting land for farming. Living space is in a yurt, with a small barn for a workshop plus a small chicken coop. Renter will have access to a 93A property that needs some work to clear the land. There are two barns, one with a machine shop, and another for livestock. Farm is about 15 miles from Brattleboro.
#449 - Farm for sale: Benson, VT (west-central), 101A, of open fields and meadows. Buildings include: an enclosed 40'x 60' barn; 40'x 30' open pole barn formerly used to store hay, suitable for equipment storage; and a modern farmhouse with 5,279 sq ft of living space, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. The land is currently farmed and growing soybeans, but could lend itself to many other crops, including a vineyard, or even an equestrian property. Besides all the open fields on this property, it overlooks hundreds of acres of other open fields. Other than farming, this property could be used as a meditation retreat, or farm to table events. The propetty is enrolled in a current use program. There are other tax savings and possibilities for a new owner to explore.
#465 – Land for use in East Randolph, VT: 2.5A of well-drained river bottom land with no rocks, used for growing corn until 2008, subsequently restored with successive plantings of winter rye and oats/peas/vetch tilled under. There is easy access and a river nearby if irrigation becomes necessary. An additional 2-3A of grazing land is available as well. Owners are willing to forgo rental fee in exchange for the user keeping the land fertile and well-maintained.
#469 – Room for rent, with garden space, on small, fledgling farmstead in southern Vermont: apprenticeships or partnerships both/each welcome to apply. Handyperson skills a plus. Seeking individual with interest in permaculture, excellent references and similar lifestyle. Some help with gardens in exchange for organic produce, eggs, etc. Share house with 2 others (f- owner, plus renter) and pets (dogs, cat). We currently cultivate mixed vegetables, berries, herbs and wild foods. Small poultry flock and (soon) goats on premises. Orchard planting will continue, as well as many other interesting projects. Land has nice features for small, diversified farming (good water, soil, moderate sunlight) and near to distribution markets. Room is Available (from) May 1st- $400. per month, everything included. (6 month minimum, but shorter times negotiable) Private, furnished room on 2nd fl. with separate bath(share with other renter), finished attic, own entrance, parking area. Shared kitchen(dishwasher, gas stove) /dining area, washer/dryer in large, pleasant home/sustainable 3-acre farmstead. Convenient to all services and recreation(Mt Snow), in a vibrant forest, mountain stream setting. All utilities, hi-speed internet included, satellite TV (optional). Easy drive to Marlboro College, Brattleboro, Bennington, Greenfield, MA, more. Sorry no pets. Security deposit and rental agreement required. To discuss further, please send email description of yourself with contact information.
#560 - Property for sale in Marshfield, VT (northeast-central): 25.5A in two lots across a road from each other, formerly used for dairy cows, sheep and crops, and currently hayed, with water sources: an artesian well, a spring, and a pond. Buildings include an updated 1826 farmhouse with four bedrooms, two baths, and many amenities, with attached workshop; a four-car detached garage; three-season pool house with in-ground pool, bathroom, shower, hot and cold water, all on one parcel. On the other parcel is a house lot and an inground septic design. Road is well-maintained and property is close to good-sized cities. Asking $350,000.
#584 – Ongoing maple sugar business for sale in Woodstock, VT (southeast central): about 50A of sugarbush active since 1993 in addition to other land. Buildings include a 4,560 sq ft main house and two other income-producing rental homes, with an outside woodstove servicing two, in addition to propane. There also is a three-car garage, small barn, and a tractor shed. There are two wells, an apple orchard, large blueberry patch, several garden plots and a pond, all totally organic & chemical-free. There is also a small Christmas tree farm with great potential. The sugar and syrup business has a complete set of necessary equipment for a current business of about $60,000. Property is in a scenic setting with a abundant cultural attractions.
#585 – Farm partners sought in Rockingham, VT (southeast): recently-retired couple on a 16A farm, half open, half wooded, currently raising a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruits, as well as meat and layer chickens, goats and bees, seek help developing the farm, building infrastructure, creating keyline swales, developing irrigation, installing alternative power sources, and maintaining the farm house and barns. Owners are open to alternative arrangements and are seeking community-minded people to share in the long-term challenges and rewards of life on this farm.
#589 – Looking for other farmers to farm with us: Starting their own farm enterprises on 320A grass-based dairy and beef farm in Wells, VT (western), to utilize the already existing farm resources of land, infrastructure, housing, and equipment. We milk 20 jerseys, have a 30 animal Devon beef herd. We are actively restoring our soils. We also have a small horse boarding operation, and draft horse interests.
Possibilities include poultry, lamb, market and value-added vegetables, apples, small fruits, pork, woodland development, education/agri-tourism, even value-added dairy. We have a lively small farm store, where we sell raw milk and grass-fed beef to a growing enthused clientele. We have a lively internship program which enriches the lives of all involved.
There are three 3-BR homes on the farm, as well as a 3-BR intern apartment. Equipment on the farm includes two tractors, a 9-foot rotovator, and various other pieces of equipment, some horse-powered. A 42-KW solar array provides power for the farm.
#593 – Farm for Lease: This four acre farm is located in Middlebury, VT (central). The renovated farmhouse has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a large kitchen. Separate from the farmhouse is a small commercial kitchen and retail space. There is a 10' x 20' building available for use and more space available in a 20' x 30' barn. The recently certified organic farmland (needs renewal) also contains many established perennial garden beds. With great exposure on high traffic Route 7 it is ideally situated and zoned for commercial, retail, and farm.
#603 - Farm for Sale: 16A farm in Grand Isle, VT (northwestern). Eight tillable acres certified organic in 2009 and established as a diversified market garden. There is a 60' x 90' pole barn with 14' ceilings. Included in the barn are two large CoolBot coolers totaling over 400 sq. ft. a prep room, and a bathroom with composting toilet. The barn has a 30' x 30' garage addition including a greenhouse and storage room. There are five 30' x 96' Ledgewood high tunnels. Each tunnel has electricity, water, and furnaces. In 2014 the farm supported a 100-member summer CSA, a 40-member winter CSA, several restaurant accounts, wholesale accounts, three farm markets, and two schools. There is a house site w/septic location for building. There are no development easements. The property is zoned residential/agriculture. There is a significant amount of equipment included with this property (everything needed to hit the ground running.)
#607 - Farm for Sale: 9A Connecticut River bottom land in Westminster Station, VT (southeast). There is a 24' x 30' barn with two stalls, two bays, and paddock. The 19th century home has 3+ bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths. House has been updated and insulated; a woodstove for supplemental heat. There are two garden areas used for growing vegetables. Located in an agricultural community with quick access to local stores and Interstate 91. This farm has many possibilities.
#608 - Owl's Head Blueberry Farm for Sale: 23.5A in Richmond, VT (northwest). Acres consist of upland valley and hillside cleared land, with 4.5A of highbush blueberries. The farm has 3000+ bushes, consisting of six commercial blueberry varieties. The land not in blueberry production offers much potential, including possibilities such as raspberries, Christmas trees, cut flowers, pumpkin, or nursery stock. There is a current waste water state permit for septic for a three bedroom home that could be build on the farm. This is a "pick your own" blueberry operation along with activities for evening music venues while families enjoy an evening picnic. The farm has been in operation for 30 years, now the owners want to pass their expertise with the sale of the farm. $225,000 plus an attractive short term lease arrangement for the business.
#627- Farm for Sale: 61A hilltop farm overlooking a panorama of the White Mountains, located in Peacham, VT (northeast). The farmland includes: water from 2 springs, timber frame buildings, fenced pastures, fruit and nut plantings, a 36' diameter earth-beamed cordwood house with Russian stove, 24'x 40' clear span barn. 18A of pastures for grazing and/or hay making. Extensive network for horseback riding and x-country skiing trails. Gardens and pastures with deep fertility from years of biochar and compost including a 1.5A terraced southeast facing garden with raised beds, heat sink stone wall and tree planting box. Plantings include mature chestnut trees, edible oaks, hardy kiwi arbor, herbs and diverse flowering perennials. Buildings include 4 predator-proof chicken houses, milk house with small attached barn, 16' Pacific yurt with electriity & phone, equipment shed, horse stables, blacksmith shop, and pastures with run-in sheds. Woodlots with cedar and maple firewood, fir and pine. Ready for your sustainable farm/homestead.
#645 - Farm for Lease: 50A parcel for organic, regenerative, vegetable production in Pownal, VT (southwest). The farm has been in production with the same tenant for about 10 years, and operated a successful 250-member CSA with customers from Williamstown, MA and Bennington, VT areas. The farm includes 50A of sloping and flat tillable land. Four barns include storage, workshop, CSA sales room, packing and washing shed, garage and equipment storage. There are irrigation wells on the property. A two-family farmhouse includes a 2 story, 4 bedroom apartment, and a 2 bedroom smaller apartment.
Property has been certified organic for 10 years, and meets the standards of the FSMA. There is room for pastured poultry, sheep, goats, and pigs. Movable electric fencing would be required.
Initial lease for 3 years, 5 year automatic evergreen renewals. Initial lease rate $850/mo, includes land and barns. Large apartment: $1200/mo, small apartment: $850/mo.
#655 - Farm for Sale: Approximately 570A in three non-contiguous parcels in Morgan, VT (northern). The owners are willing to sell the parcels individually to separate buyers, or all to a single buyer. A buyer looking to acquire the entire farm may enter into a lease to purchase aggreement.
The first parcel of 470A with free stall dairy barn; 180 stalls, free stall Heifer and dry cow: 160 stalls, out buildings, bunk silos, manure pit, farmhouse 3-4 bedrooms, and two farm labor homes.
Second parcel of 49A with a mobile home used for farm labor and a smaller older dairy barn.
Third parcel of 50A bare land. This parcel is not yet conserved, but can be to reduce the price.
There are 215A for agriculture, 190A for cropland or tillable land, 25A of pasture, and 300A of forested land.
All of the open farmland is on statewide and prime agricultural soils. The soil fertility has been maintained with manure, lime, and fertilizer. The dairy systms are in good working condition. They had a medium Farm Operation permit until the start of 2016 when the cow numbers were reduced. Most of the hayland can be certified organic and additional land is in its second year of transition. The farm is currently operated as a dairy. The owners are interested in finding a buyer to continue to use the farm for agricultural uses.
All parcels of the farm will be sold subject to a perpetual farmland conservation easement that will allow all types of agricultural uses and new agricultural structures. The conservation easements will include the option to purchase at agricultural value. This option allows VLT to purchase the farm at its agricultural value should the buyer (or future owner) attempt to sell the farm to a non-farmer. This provision helps ensure the long-term affordability of the property to future farmers.
#656 - Farm for Lease: Approximately 25A in Brookfield, VT (central). The owner of the Brookfield Sugarmakers property is offering farmers and opportunity to utilize hay and pasture land on the 25A portion of the total 115A conserved property. A lease would include access to a 1-2 bedroom residence. The owner may be open to a workshare program that contributes to the monthly rental fee. Open to non-permanent improvements on the land such as hoop houses, temporary animal housing, or fencing. The open land includes prime soils of Vershire-Glover and Buckland stony loams. The other portion of this property is utilized by the owner as a well maintained sugarbush for his own purposes. The farm includes two farmstands separate and private from each other. The land is gently rolling and can be certified organic. The property is enrolled in Current Use and covered by a forest management plan. Interested seekers are asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume, addressing the following areas:
What are your primary agricultural and forestry interests?
What is your experience with agricultural, or forestry, and
What are your long term agricultural goals?
If interested in visiting the property, contact the owner, strongly recommended. Please send your resume and letter to the owner, or to the email address.
#658 - Farm for Sale: 108A located in Monkton, VT. Vermont Land Trust is seeking a farmer(s) who will operate a commercial farm business and contribute to the agricultural community. 94A cropland, soil fertility has been maintained with manure, lime, and fertilizer. Irrigation ponds and two wells; one a capacity of 100 gallons per minute, the other supplied water for 200 head of cattle when the farm was a dairy. The farm is Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified and enrolled in the Current Use program. The farm has 1A of raspberries; two-thirds of an acre of strawberries; 1A of blueberries. Other perennials planted include blackberries, currants, and rhubarb. Additional acreage is currently used to grow a variety of vegetables, mellons, and winter squash. The remainder is used for hay production.
The farm includes the following infrastructures with all systems in working order: Farmhouse, very good condition, has attached farm labor housing apartment; Farmstand greenhouse; Two hoop houses; Pole barn; Machinery shed; Sheds; Two older barns used when it was an active dairy.
The farm will be sold subject to a perpetural farmland conservation easement that will allow all types of agricultural uses and new agricultural structures. The conservation easements will include the option to purchase at agricultural value. The option allows VLT to purchase the farm at the agricultural value should the buyer (or future owner) attempt to sell the farm to a non-farmer. The provision helps ensure the long-term affordability of the property to future farmers. Additional farm labor housing may be constructed with prior approval. During the interim period the new buyer can lease the farm from VLT. VLT is willing to lease the farm to the buyer(s) until September 2018 if necessary. The purchase price does not include any equipment or supplies. Purchase price: $415,000.
#662 - Farm for Lease: 111A located in Woodstock, VT (east-central). The future farm business will be owned and operated by the incoming farmer. The property owner is willing to lease the farm long term to allow time to build a viable business. Over the long term, the owner would consider selling a portion of the farm (111A, including a newly constructed 36'x 72' post and beam barn, an approved house lot, and a 411,000 gallon pond) to the incoming farm buyer.
30A of tillable land fertile with Hinckley, Ninigret, Rumney, and Dummerston sandy loam soils. 8A are prime agricultural soils and 20A are statewide important soils. Additional 20A being reclaimed for pasture. 1400 ft of frontage on Barnard Brook.
Three potential housing options at the farm. First, is lease the existing 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom farmhouse with attached two car garage. Second, purchase a portion of the farm and construct a new home on an approved lot. Third, the famer convert the second story of the barn into housing space. The property owner is constructing a 36'x72' post and beam, two-story barn that could be used for a variety of purposes.
There is a recruitment process and requirements proposal for the farm. Details available with contact person. http://www.vlt.org/initiatives/farm-to-lease-in-woodstock