The Bryant Farm is located in an active farming community close to both Manchester and Rutland. A $25,000 grant is available to the incoming farmer for upgrading or constructing infrastructure that will improve nutrient management facilities and/or improve water quality. Incoming dairy farmers interested in converting to certified organic dairy production may apply through VLT to a private foundation for a $50,000 grant for organic daily transition. These grants are for farms located in the Mettowee Valley only; awards are not selected by VLT. All existing pastureland can be certified organic.
The farm was an active dairy until last spring. The freestall barn has 112 stalls and a 12-stall step-up parlor milking system. The milking equipment, pipeline, and bulk tank all go with the barns. There is a leased solar array which goes with the barns. It is used to heat the milk-house water. An engineering study of the old dairy barn has been completed. A buyer looking to restore the barn should refer to this report prior to finalizing their plans regarding the barn.
The farm will be sold subject to a perpetual farmland conservation easement that will allow all types of agricultural uses. The easement will include an 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 is added to the easement to ensure the long-term affordability of the property to future farm owner-operators. The easement will allow the existing houses and farm structures to be repaired or enlarged and new farm structures to be constructed. If needed for the viability of the farm operation, additional farm labor housing may be permitted. There will be a designated “Building Envelope” of approximately 11 acres where farm and forestry structures may be built without prior approval of VLT. The final size and delineation of the complex will be configured to provide long-term utility to the farm buyer.The proposed easement incudes a 50-foot-no-cut buffer around two wooded wetland areas and a 50-foot riparian protection zone along Beaver Brook.
If you are interested in visiting the farm, please contact Donald Campbell at 802 442 4915 or [email protected].
Call 802 -533-7705 for more information or [email protected] or www.vlt.org/bryant-farm