54 acres for lease/other - Sudbury, VT

Posted on June 10, 2020Last updated 5 months ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

150 Horton Road, Sudbury, Vermont

Total number of acres available with this property:

54.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

17.0

Acres of pasture:

17.0

Acres of forested land:

26.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

About six acres in wetlands bordering one of the northern ends of Lake Hortonia.
Farm Information

Water sources present

None available

Water sources details

We are drilling a well for irrigation and washing vegetables this year (hopefully completed by August).

Barns, sheds or other structures

None available

Farm infrastructure details

We are also installing a wash/pack and cold storage facility, small (14'x28'). We have a long-term plan for a pole barn with adequate tool and equipment storage, four-season wash/pack, and possibly an apartment above.

Farmer housing

None available

Farmer housing details

There are options to rent and buy in the area, and we are looking to build worker/co-farmer housing in the near future - always the option to tent it or bring your tiny house!

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

I own a 30-HP John Deere with a bucket loader, and have access to a single-bottom moldboard plow, brush-hog, and rototiller. Implements used infrequently as I only need them to break ground, but they are available!
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Other

Other tenure arrangement

Cooperative, collaborative partnership in stewarding the land! Includes renting/leasing, incubator operations, and the possibility of forming a worker co-op or becoming business partners if we really sync up!
Additional Information

Description

Looking specifically for passionate folks with farming experience who are currently running their own agricultural business or want to in the near future. We have secure, diversified markets and believe that cross-promotion is a great way to help other farmers build businesses (for example, add-ons to our veggie CSA). We have ~17 acres of high-quality pasture and ~26 acres of forested land. We are looking for folks who want to produce livestock (pigs, goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, meat birds), fruit (berries, currants, apples, grapes, plums, persimmons, etc.), medicinal herbs, honey, mushrooms, small grains, and anyone who is passionate about farm marketing. The end goal is to produce a community focused on regenerative agriculture, where we have the support system and shared markets in place to be able to actually thrive as small farming businesses. Bring your passion and we will provide guaranteed, long-term land tenure.  The aim is to establish a radical alternative to the small, family farm: which is a difficult and unsustainable model for changing the food system in this country. I am open to renting out land (deeply discounted), especially in the beginning, but would prefer folks who want to take ownership in the land, and possibly build a partnership. I strongly believe that collaboration is the way of the future for regenerative agriculture: sharing resources and infrastructure helps get farm businesses off the ground, and enables everyone involved to farm with less stress. I have an established CSA and great markets, which would be open immediately to co-farmers to sell their products. Farmers who are BIPOC, queer, trans, disabled, and/or young are greatly encouraged to get in touch! We are super welcoming, despite being white folks living in a very rural, white area - something that we struggle with daily. I grow vegetables, so I am looking for farmers who focus on other enterprises, although I am not opposed to meeting my future veggie business partner! Would also love someone passionate about pickles to ferment second-quality veggies, or someone to take over our apple trees. Seeking folks with a rounded farm education to decide what they truly want to produce, after walking at the land and talking about what will work best on it - so come with an open heart and mind!  

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