Norris Berry Farm

Posted on November 1, 2016 • Last updated 2 weeks ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

Davis Rd, Monkton, VT

Total number of acres available with this property:

101-150

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

51-100

Acres of pasture:

1-5

Acres of forested land:

Not Applicable

Other open and/or non-farmable land

riparian buffer
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Water sources details

There are irrigation ponds and two wells; one has a capacity of 100 gallons per minute, and the other supplied water for 200 head of cattle when the farm was a dairy.

Barns and sheds

Available

Farm infrastructure details

• Farmstand greenhouse • Two hoop houses • Pole barn • Machinery shop • Sheds • Two older barns used when the farm was an active dairy

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Farmhouse: very good condition, has attached farm labor housing apartment

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Equipment is available to purchase.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for sale

Property for sale

The owner of the Norris Berry Farm is committed to working with an incoming buyer on this transition. The owner and VLT have reached an agreement to transition ownership of the farm to VLT at the end of June 2017. VLT will be an interim owner until the new buyer can acquire the farm. During this interim period the new buyer can lease the farm from VLT. VLT is willing to lease the farm to a buyer(s) until September 2018 if necessary. Both VLT and the current owner are interested in finding a buyer who will start working on the farm in the late winter or early spring of 2017, and who can take over responsibilities of operating the farm once VLT acquires it in June of 2017. The current owner is committed to starting the 2017 season. After the farm transitions to VLT in June of 2017 the remaining income from the farm for the 2017 growing season will go to the incoming farm buyer. An incoming buyer may choose to expand any portion of the fruit or vegetable operation for the 2017 growing season. The incoming farm buyer can operate any type of farm business after acquiring the farm.

Sale Price

$400,000-$600,000
Additional Information

Description

The farm has one acre of raspberies, two-thirds acre of strawberries, one acre of blueberries and other perennials. Additional acreage is currently used to grow a variety of vegetables, melons, and winter squash. The remainder of the farm is used for hay production. The soil fertility has been maintained with manure, lime, and fertilizer. The farm is GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certified.

Lease Terms: A buyer may elect to lease the farm from VLT for up to 14 months. Under a lease scenario a buyer will have a written lease with VLT and a purchase and sales agreement to acquire the farm for $415,000. VLT asks a buyer pay $1,000 per month during the lease. Lease payments will not start until July of 2017.   Equipment A full list of the equipment and asking prices will be available upon request. A buyer interested in acquiring any of the existing supplies or equipment should indicate this in their proposal. The purchase price does not include any equipment or supplies.  Conservation Easement 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 a 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. Additional farm labor housing may be constructed with prior approval.  

Open Houses We are hosting two open houses at the farm to allow potential buyers to see the property. They will be Wednesday, November 30 and Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We strongly recommend attendance at an open house, since there is limited availability to see the farm outside of these dates. Interested parties are asked to respond if planning to attend. Jon Ramsay Director, Farmland Access Program  Vermont Land Trust P.O. Box 143  Greensboro, VT 05841(802) 533-7705 JRamsay@vlt.org www.vlt.org/norrisfarm  

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