Thank you for your interest in Green Acres Farm in Randolph, Vermont. The Vermont Land Trust (VLT) is working with the owner of Green Acres Farm to provide a farmer with the opportunity to acquire this 96-acre farm. This farm has significant frontage on Route 14 and is highly visible. VLT is seeking a farmer who will operate a commercial farm business and contribute to the agricultural community.
Green Acres Farm was established in 1910 and is located on both sides of Route 14 in South Randolph. All the farmland is used to support a dairy operation and the land can be certified organic if a buyer is interested in managing the land organically.
There are 50 acres of fertile hay and pasture land. The soils include very productive Winooski Very Fine Sandy Loam, Belgrade Silt Loam, and Buckland Loam. All of the open farmland can be grazed with a rotational grazing system. The farm has 4,600 feet of frontage on the Second Branch of the White River, and 3,600 feet on a tributary.
The farm will be sold subject to a perpetual farmland conservation easement that allows all types of agricultural uses and new agricultural structures. The easement includes 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 allows the existing house 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 constructed. There will be a designated farmstead complex of 5.5 acres where farm and forestry structures may be built without prior approval of VLT. A 50-foot vegetated riparian buffer along the river will be included in the easement to protect water quality. The buffer will allow for a cattle crossing but livestock may not be grazed within the buffer. In addition, a 17.6 acre River Corridor Management Area (RCMA) was created along the Second Branch of the White River that further enhances the water quality protection on the farm.
For further information, please contact the landowner, Joan Wortman, at 802 356-4518. If you have any further questions about the farm resource and process or to request additional materials, contact Jon Ramsay, Vermont Land Trust, 8 Bailey Ave., Montpelier, VT 05602., call Jon at (802) 533-7705 or email him at [email protected]