Dear Farm Lessee or Co-Buyer -
This place is beautiful and has everything needed for a small sustainable 4-season operation in a neighborhood with over 200 conserved acres, 2 other working farms, and some wealthy drive-by customers and great neighbors. Just minutes from library, swimming holes, fun downtown Brattleboro with movie theater and arts. Within long distance market range to Boston, Hartford, NY. This is a beautiful, peaceful place to make heading outside to work a joy and the same for campers and customers coming to the farm. For a diversified, small direct market operation and agritourism/farm education it has a special charm. There are many places further afield that are much less expensive, but after years managing a farm I find the number one issue is market not production - and Brattleboro is a very special community with a fantastic Farmers' Market, year-round, and a local Coop.
Brook Meadow Farm is turnkey. I put in greenhouse with electric, plumbing, newly tilled 2 acres, contract for grazing and new pasture fence, cooler equipment, tractor and implements. But I also took a full-time job to support myself and my teenager. I'm looking for an enthusiastic and capable business partner to share the opportunity and the excitement of building a sustainable, small-scale, quality driven operation. Sharing the work and investment and the profit is the best way to maximize the potential of this 38 acres to create a more just, joyful and sustainable life and leave time and financial breathing room to do some other things.
This is not my first time at bat - I'm 50 and starting over post-divorce with years of farm management experience and direct experience with how important equity protection/documentation is to protect our investments down the line. I bring creative vision, organic flower and berry experience, customer service/marketing, and knowledge of state and national farm resources and successful grantwriting/planning. I love working on integrated systems, energy systems, and farm infrastructure. I am a good facilitator and collaborator, but also enjoy working for hours in silence. I am very good for early mornings, short intensive bursts of fieldwork, hard hand weeding early and late in the day, slow careful seeding with high success transplants in greenhouse, dividing/propagating perennials, flower arranging, sales, signage, packing syrup, tractor work for hours. I'd rather weed than pick, and prefer greenhouse seeding and transplanting over field planting. And I run field trips, camp, adult workshops and enjoy managing staff. That said, I am flexible - just because I can do all these things doesnt mean I need to, and if you wanted to run a whole private operation, I could do that too - as long as you're OK with me promoting you and running Farm Camp!
You are: somewhat organized or welcoming of organization, communicative, reflective, fun and motivated person. You are grounded, smart, capable, committed to sustainability/renewable energy/organics and financially ready with at least 30,000 cash. If you have $100,000 you'd be coming in with equal skin in the game. Priority will be given to those with business, berry, perennial, sugaring or livestock experience, although money and a passion for hard-work and follow through could "trump" that, and I'm open to other enterprise ideas. Just no veggie CSA, to avoid competing with my neighbors.
Write to me with your responses, or just call. Come walk the land, look at photos, meet and talk, tell me what you agree and disagree with. I've had at least one very strong potential partner come by, and time is ticking for 2017 season.
Brook Meadow Farm & Farm Camp (formerly Deer Ridge Farm & Farm Camp)
799 Upper Dummerston Road
Brattleboro, VT 05301