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 switch grass, organic livestock production, or food crops, with creek frontage and road frontage, within a half-hour of Burlington. Lease terms are flexible.
#348 - Gentleman's farm and equestrian center for immediate sale or lease in Arlington, VT (southwestern): seven acres of 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 in Benson, VT (west-central): 100A, most of which is currently hayed by a local farmer. Buildings include a 1990s rebuilt farmhouse, and a 40’ x 60’ enclosed barn. Owners are willing to consider many options to making the property available, including permission to build smaller more affordable residence, and a work-in arrangement.
#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.
#610 - Farm for Sale: 10A in Chelsea, VT (east central). Half of the land is tillable for crops, a seven stall horse barn, fenced grass ring, garden, 20'x 10' green house, two ponds, and numerous springs. The house is a three bedroom Cape with lots of updates, including a pellet stove, propane heater, and fireplace. Even an old Blacksmith shop. Great for organic farming. Excellent for honey bees, goats, chickens, horses, or a few cows. Property is on a dirt road and is very priviate, but close to the town of Chelsea. Asking $219,000.
#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.
#646 - Farm for Sale: 168A in Pawlet, VT (southwest). It is an active dairy farm until last Spring. 54A used for pasture, and 50A for cropland. Soils include Hinckley gravelly sandy loam. Dutchess silt loam, and Massena silt loam; 83A have prime and statewide rated agricultural soils. A 20A area that had been used as a gravel pit has been reclaimed as cropland. There is 3,600 sq ft of living space, farmhouse, average condition; farm labor house (doublewide), fair condition; mobile home site; a 186'x 60' freestall barn, built in 2002, good condition; a 70'x 30' post and beam heifer barn, fair condition; a 42'x 80' Morton building, good condition; a 70'x 24'pole barn; a 37'x 30' old calf barn; a 32'x 30' horse barn; a 40' x 100' bunk silo; and 2 Harvester silos.
The nfreestall barn has 112 stalls and a 12-stall step-up parlor milking system. Water is provided by a drilled well and spring, milking equipment, pipeline, and bulk tank all go with the barns. A leased solar array is used to heat the milk-house water.
A $25,000 grant is available to the incoming farmer for upgrading or construction infrastructure that will improve nutrient management facilities and/or improve water quality. Incoming dairy farmers interested in converting to certified organic dairy production may apply through VLT to a private foundation for a $50,000 grant for organic daily transition.
The farm will be sold subject to a perpetual farmland conservation easement that will allow all types of agricultural uses and new agricultural structures. Purchase price: $350,000.
#648 - Farm for Sale: 129A in Calais, VT (northern). The farmland is a mix of cropland and pastures. Approximately 30A are tillable and 22A in pasture. All of the farmland can be certified organic. The cropland is made up of sandy loam soils, mainly Weider and Machias fine sandy loam, and Sunny and Nicholville silt loam. Good for any type of production.
Historically, the farm has been used as dairy with 40-50 cows, rotational grazing was practiced. All the infrastructure to restart this practice remains. Cows have not been on the property since 2015, hay was cut in 2015 and 2016.
Farm structures include; a 4-5 bedroom farm house in need of renovations, but has a new septic system and heating system, a single wide mobile home in good condition, three story dairy barn, lower area is set up for free stall for +50 cows, older adjacent double 4 parlor, good condition, and a shed open at both ends for equipment storage.
The farm has over 4,000 ft of frontage on Pekin Brook, considered a sensitive waterway. Approximately 15A of tillable cropland is in the floodplain. Forestland is managed in accordance with a forest management plan. The property is enrolled in the Current Use program; taxes are approximately $7,300 per year. Water is supplied by a good capacity drilled well.
There will be two Open Houses for potential buyers to view the farm. Thursday, August 11th and Saturday, August 20th. Both Open Houses from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
#651 - Farm for Sale: 56A Bigley Farm in Granville, VT (northwestern). 27.7A tillage, all currently used for hay production, 5A of pasture, and 10A woodland. The open fields are used for hay. The land can be certified organic. The cropland is flat and productive with prime Hadley and Winooski Fine Sandy Loam soils. The main barn has 40 tie stalls, 15 heifer stalls, structurally sound. There is a 20' x 40' metal tool shed, and two Harvestone silos. 2,575 ft of frontage on the White River and tributaries. A 50' vegetated buffer along the White River must be maintained. The 2,000 sq. ft. historic farmhouse has four bedrooms, two baths, outdoor wood furnace and concrete basement.
The farm will be sold subject to a pertpetual farmland conservation easement that allows all types of agricultural uses. The easement will include an option to purchase at the 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 is added to the easement to ensure the long-term affordability of the property to future farm owner-operators. The price is $195,000.
There is an open house at the farm on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10:00 to 2:00 to allow potential buyers to the see the property.