38 Organic ares w/Greenhouse, Barn, Pasture, Forest in Great Town

Posted on November 28, 2016Last updated 1 month ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro Vermont

Total number of acres available with this property:

21-50

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

6-20

Acres of pasture:

Not Applicable

Acres of forested land:

21-50

Other open and/or non-farmable land

25 acres forest resources for timber (oak and pine), woodlot, and forest grazing, and rec/trails/nature. Property is bounded on two sides by brooks, a nice waterfall on one, one historically used for animal watering and for filling a 1/8 acre pond. Some land around farmhouse best suited to perennial growing and on-farm sales.
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Water sources details

Productive drilled well . Deed also includes springhouse rights across the street from property and pipe running down to the pond site or to fill trough. Brook is easily accessible to pasture and set up to be water source for pond, cattle.

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

1830 gunstock timber frame, 2 story barn, BRAND NEW 9 KW (full farm!) PV solar system on south end barn. Rimol greenhouse 26x72, double IR poly, wiggle wire, locust baseboard and hip boards, Part bench/part in-ground; trenched water and electric. Solid and beautiful 12x16 workshop/cabin, with Jotul woodstove.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

Wonderful 1830 farmhouse core with original wood floors, moldings, south windows, additions; 2100 sq. ft. total, Right now it is set up as a studio apartment with brand new kitchen and fireplace and a three bedroom home on the other side and upstairsf. Cabin could also be insulated for year-round farm housing.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Kubota L3800HST w/bucket, 5' Machio tiller, 5' rotary cutter, and forks. Excellent condition vl hours tractor. Auto-venting 26x72 greenhouse with roll-ups; 20085.7l Toyota Tundra extracab; Coolbot cooler equipment; Plant-starting - efficient lights combo LED and T8, shelving, heat mats. Most shop tools, mower, hand greens spinner, perennials.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for sale

Property for sale

I am flexible in methods - this could be bought outright - would need to be standard finance or at least $200K up front, so I could move to another place. Price with continued infrastructure work (never pay electricity again!) is $495,000. OR we could divide and you could disgni/build a small new house, or you could lease space in the house and the farm to get yourself going and take it from there. Lastly, I am open to other ideas.

Sale price

$300,000-$400,000
Additional Information

Description

Dear Farm Lessee or Co-Buyer - 
This place is beautiful and has everything needed for a 4-season operation in a neighborhood with over 300 conserved acres, 2 other working farms, 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. 
Turnkey. I put in greenhouse with electric, plumbing, newly tilled 2 acres, forganic contract grazing with new pasture fence, cooler equipment, tractor and implements. 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. Dividing the work and investment and the profit will 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. 
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, berry, maple experience, customer service/marketing, and knowledge of state and national farm resources and  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 run Farm Camp next door!
You are: 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. 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, honey, 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.
Come walk the land, look at photos, tell me what you agree and disagree with. 
Lisa Holderness
Brattleboro, VT 05301
[email protected]
(802) 490-0581
 

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