Blood Mountain Collaborative - 37 acres for lease, with housing - Washington, VT

Posted on February 9, 2020Last updated 1 month ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

405 Dow Road, Washington, Vermont

Total number of acres available with this property:

37.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

2.0

Acres of pasture:

5.0

Acres of forested land:

30.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land

In the past, arrangements with neighbors have been made for hay fields, pasture and row crops.
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Shallow well or spring reservoir
Pond
River/stream

Water sources details

2 streams on the property, a pond, and several springs. Additionally, there are 2 undeveloped natural pond sites

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

A small barn that could house 4- 6 large animals along with a few smaller ones (calves, goats, etc), with enough hay storage above to keep that many. A pole shed and garage.

Farmer housing

Available

Farmer housing details

There are 2 houses on the property. Presently, we live in the newer one and rent out the other, known as the "Red House". The Red House sits above the garage and barn. It is on the grid and has 2 bedrooms, 1 & 1/2 baths, a sunny kitchen dining room, as well as a "bonus" room. Propane back-up heater, primarily heated with wood

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Massey Ferguson 35, with brush hog, scraper blade, pull behind snow blower. Rototiller. Hand tools.
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent

Property for lease

Long term lease or Lease to own a portion (partnership)
Additional Information

Description

Overlooking the White Mountains in the distance, our land sits at the head of a watershed for the Waits River, known as either Michigan Hill or Blood Mountain.  The West side of our ridge looks at Camels Hump and drains into the Winnoski.  Bordering us to the East is 1,700 acres of forest owned by a timber company.  We are 1/3 of a mile up a class 4 road.  Electricity was brought as far as the "Red House" and barn about 25 years ago.  We still use solar panels, though, on the new house. When the kids were young, we cleared some areas, and built the "Red House," garage and barn.  During that period, we generally kept a few animals: goats for milking, meat calves and pigs, etc.  Mostly, though, either a single or team of horses for working in the woods, which was the primary source of income.   Over the years, various arrangments were made with neighbors for use of hay fields, pasture and commercial gardens. Then for a couple of decades, work out west took precedence and the land was left untended.  Since returning full time, we built the new house, put in a number of fruit trees and berry bushes, 50 grape vines, started re-clearing land, and planted various hardwood trees in forest areas (oaks, walnuts, chestnuts, etc). This spring, we intend to put 3 Highland steers into areas we are clearing.  As those areas improve, possibly go back to a team of work horses (The options to drive to town and get work done without gas is still attractive).  We would like to put one, or more, green houses dug into the South facing hillside, as well as add to the fruit trees, berry bushes and grapes. Although we are starting to keep a mix of hardwoods in the forsest area (especially now, since the Elm and Butternuts are long gone, Ash is on its way out and Beech trees have a disease), our forest is primarily Maple.  12-15 acres of that is South facing and potentially a good sugar bush.  Not being fans of endless maple sugar lines in the woods, we'd like to work it with trunklines and dump stations.  Another project! Additionally, there is a plethora of wild herbs (Mullen, St John's Wort, etc).  We like the idea of putting up a solar drying shed and harvesting some of these.             

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