The Lower Field at SHO

Posted on April 11, 2018Last updated 4 months ago

The Land

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

Camels Hump Road, Huntington, Vermont

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

The forested acreage is enrolled as ESTA land under Current Use, so there are no scheduled harvests. Most of the apple trees are within the ESTA, and can be maintained for long-term production.

Is the property enrolled in a current use or other state program that affects property taxes?:

Farm Information

Water sources present

None available

Barns, sheds or other structures

None available

Farmer housing

None available

Equipment and machinery

None available
Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement

Property for sale

Sale price

Additional Information


The Lower Field at SHO is a discrete portion of our 1,300+/- acre farm, SHO Farm.  The seller, Foundation For A Sustainable Future, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit promoting land and biodiversity conservation, ecological innovation, and the evolution of consciousness.  The Foundation is selling a portion of SHO Farm to raise funds for its rescue duck sanctuary and next wave of land-based work, including establishing a permanent wildlife preserve, researching agroecological-wild farming, and continuing its wild edibles project. 
The property is often referred to as part of the “gateway” to Camels Hump.  Located within Huntington Center, across from School Street and Brewster-Pierce Memorial School, this undeveloped parcel has been stewarded to enhance and protect its value as prime agricultural land, including a vintage apple orchard, important wildlife habitat - especially pollinators, the existence of Current Use’s newly created ESTA’s, or ecologically significant treatment areas, and the scenic view it provides community members and visitors who walk, run, bike, and drive by.  It is a very special landscape.
The land offers a wide variety of opportunities, from on-going ag and wildlife habitat stewardship, apple harvesting, recreational use for walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, photography, enjoying Brush Brook, to the site of a single new home, to creation of a residential development to extend of our lovely village.  The land is not formerly conserved, so for anyone interested in pursuing formal protection that option is available.  
buyer shall be solely responsible for payment of land use change tax if a portion, or all, of the land is withdrawn from Current Use  
buyer shall be solely responsible for payment of any commission due a licensed real estate salesperson or broker who works with or formally represents them in a transaction
in keeping with the the mission of the seller, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and to preserve Huntington Center’s ecosystem health and charming New England character, as well as the health of the greater watershed given the extensive frontage along Brush Brook, the property will be sold subject to the following deed restrictions: 1) no chemical agriculture 2) no GMO crops 3) no hunting, fishing, or trapping 4) no animal agriculture 5) architectural review of structures -- fuller descriptions can be provided to serious inquiries
seller is the Foundation For A Sustainable Future and director and vice president, Shawn Smith, is a Vermont licensed real estate broker whose real estate firm, Earth Asset Partnership, LP is the seller's exclusive representative    
18 surveyed-acres located on the north side of Camels Hump Road
1,781.8 feet of road frontage along Camels Hump Road
2,099.8 feet of frontage along Brush Brook
hayfield, pasture, woodland, apple trees
predominate USDA NRCS soil classification is “Prime Farmland”
soil types per USDA NRCS include Hh (Hadley very fine sandy loam, frequently flooded); Hf (Hadley very fine sandy loam), StA (Stetson gravelly fine sandy loam 0-5% slope) and StC (Stetson gravelly fine sandy loam 12-20% slope) — dominate soil type is StA
enrolled in Use Value Appraisal Program, aka Current Use
no chemical treatment during our ownership since 2003

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