Harwood Farm - 160 acres for lease - Addison, VT

Posted on November 16, 2021Last updated 1 week ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

1582 Rt. 17 East, Addison, VT

Total number of acres available with this property:

160.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

90.0

Acres of pasture:

30.0

Acres of forested land:

20.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

farm pond, 3 streams through the property, buffer strips
Farm Information

Water sources present

Available

Types of water sources present

Pond
Town/municipal water

Water sources details

Town water plus large pond for irrigation and recreation

Barns, sheds or other structures

Available

Farm infrastructure details

Several buildings. freestall barn, hay barn, horse stalls, 2 equipment storage sheds, large workshop, machine shop, farmstand and two 15 acre pastures fenced with American wire. Irrigation equipment for vegetables and other crops.

Farmer housing

None available

Farmer housing details

Some potential for housing. Needs development. I currently live alone in a 5 bedroom house.

Equipment and machinery

Available

Equipment and machinery details

Full line of tillage and hay equipment. Tractors, 2 skidsteers, large loader, backhoe, seeder, corn planter, dump truck, some vegetable equipment, greenhouses
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for rent

Property for lease

I am a 70 year old semi-retired farmer who is finding it hard to perform all the physical work required on this property. At this time no-one in my family has an interest in carrying on. Over the 30 years I have been here there have been many different ventures, from dairy to sheep to horses and hay and hemp and vegetables. I am open to any and all proposals. I have equipment and experience to share.
Additional Information

Description

This former dairy farm sits at the North end of a large mountain (Snake Mtn.) in the middle of the Champlain Valley. Due to the location the soils are varied and lighter than the normal "Vergennes clay". The fields are generally flat and well drained and all accessible from the farm yard.

Located on a State Highway (rt. 17) it has good exposure for retail and is easily accessible for large trucks and equipment. There is a large farm pond, fed by a mountain spring, available for irrigation, swimming and fishing (bass).There are two large pastures fenced with woven wire.

I am surrounded by medium to large dairy operations-all of which are multigenerational. 

My personal choice has always been to maintain an operation sized for my sole input with occasional outside help. Over the years I have worn many hats from dairyman to certified compost operator, to high quality horse hay supplier, to boarding facilities for horses, cows, and sheep and goats.

There are 5 major buildings of varying ages and conditions. They are all fairly flexible as to usage.

There is reliable power at the roadfront.

Addison is a small town on the western shore of Lake Champlain. It is mainly a dairy area with a large amount of crop farming as well. There is municipal water serving three towns. Otter Creek, a major tributary to Lake Champlain, borders the town to the east and is just east of my farm.

This valley is very picturesque and is some of the best farming land in the state. 

I opened a roadside stand two years ago and it has been very successful to date with 24/7 access on the honor system and many repeat/local customers. I have also ttended the Middlebury Farmer's Market for over a decade with everything from plants and trees to compost to vegetables, honey and jelly. There are also local farmers markets in nearby Bristol and Vergennes. 

In sharing my property I am looking for both help with my endeavors and people with their own hopes that I can help along their journey. It would be nice to have people with previous farming experience including animals and equipment, mechanical skills, a sense of humor, and quick learning ability. I would expect to see a business plan at some point.

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