Clyde River Farm and Forest - 700 acres for sale, with house - East Charleston, VT

Posted on January 13, 2020Last updated 5 months ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

East Charleston, VT

Total number of acres available with this property:


Acres of cropland or tillable land:


Acres of pasture:


Acres of forested land:


Other open and/or non-farmable land

183 acres of open water and wetland

Is the property protected with any type of Conservation Easement?:

Farm Information

Water sources present


Barns, sheds or other structures


Farm infrastructure details

40x80’ hay barn · 32x70’ high tunnel, 10x8’ propagation house and 3x8 germination box · 10x12’ farm stand by the road · 36x60’ post and beam home, shop and garage · 36x36’ shop and garage/woodshed

Farmer housing


Farmer housing details

Existing housing could be included with the property, and the conservation easement allows for new housing to be built, see details below.

Equipment and machinery

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for sale

Property for sale

Bill Manning and Pat Moyer have operated the property first as a site for the non-profit Northwoods Stewardship Center, founded in 1989, originally as the Vermont Leadership Center, then as an organic (not certified), veggie and berry farm, (250 blueberries. Raspberries) with hayfields, sugarbush, and Christmas trees. The property includes about 50 tillable acres, 600 acres in forest management and 50 acres of wetlands with special protections on either side of the Clyde River. The land also includes a unique ecological treasure: A- ranked intermediate Fen, home to a multitude of flora and fauna, including several rare species of regional significance. The woodlands are managed under a forest management stewardship plan with a mature stand of white pine, hardwood stands yielding copious amounts of firewood, and over 2000 untapped portions of sugarwoods at various states of maturity. The organic vegetable farm is currently in operation, having concluded its 2019 season of farm stand, CSA (32 members) and wholesale store and restaurant sales. Recent soils tests are available for the farm.
Additional Information


The sellers could retain the existing house with 100 acres.

Possible Lease and Purchase Options and Pricing Scenario 1. Lease of the organic veggie farm (non-certified) for the 2020 season and beyond at $500/month, housing provided at $400/month in neighboring farmstead. Owners continue to live in 36x60’ farmhouse.

Option to buy under any one of the following scenarios:

Scenario 2. Lease of organic veggie farm, as in scenario 1 with option to apply lease-to-purchase of 600 acres of conserved land with 1.5-acre building site that was excluded from the conservation easement $629,000.

Scenario 3. Lease of organic veggie farm as above, with option to apply lease to buy 36x60’ farmhouse, 36x36’ shop and garage, high tunnel, propagation house and farm stand and 100 acres for $575,000.

Scenario 4. Purchase of 600 acres of conserved land with 1.5-acre building site $629,000.

Scenario 5. Outright purchase of 600 acres of conserved land with 40x80’ hay barn, 1.5-acre building site, 2 miles of Clyde River and organic farm with infrastructure, house and shop $995,000.

Other options for lease or sale are also available. ... For more information about the property, farm operation, and scenarios, contact Bill Manning at [email protected] or 609-865-3627. Serious buyers may request more specific information about the current farm business. For more information about the conservation restrictions on the property, contact VLT’s Dan Kilborn at [email protected] or 802-745-6303.

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