Four Springs Farm, Royalton VT

70 acres

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Jinny Hardy Cleland

Property Location:

776 Gee Hill Road, Royalton, VT
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

70.0

Total acres available for agriculture:

35.0

Acres of forested land:

25.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

5.0

Acres of pasture:

30.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

This land is quite varied with streams and fence rows, areas in use for the campground and learning center facilities, house, barn, greenhouses, orchard areas, vegetable gardens. There are nice open spaces between and around. These all total around 10 acres.

Quality of land:

This property is beautiful. There are hilltop/hillside soils with nice clay loam top soils and some clay below. Pastures are not used but not overgrown and have been mowed regularly. Fertility could use improvement but is in reasonable shape. There are numerous springs on the farm with most contained in drainages so there are some wet areas, but no standing water. A nice pond site is identified. The property is on a west facing hill with amazing views. It is a south to north bowl so the light is excellent. Forty open acres are all mowable and maintained. A 23 acre woodlot is managed with no currently saleable timber but significant firewood for farm use. All is certified organic.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

Five streams are on the upper parts of the farm sourced by springs here or just off the property. They are contained in drainages and combine before leaving the lower part of the farm. One of the springs supplies ample water for the barn, greenhouses and working section of the farm. A 365 deep well has abundant water supplying the public areas.

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

None available

Farmer housing details:

There is one house on the property which is the dwelling of the current owner. There is a good site for a second home for partners. A Woods House, 1000 ft. from the working area of the farm is an off-grid interim possible house.

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

There are two old tractors which could be used JD 2640 and JD 2020 with loader. There is a 4ft. tiller, snow blower, rock rake, scraper blade for these. There is no haying equipment.

Farm infrastructure details:

There is a barn on the property built with horse stalls and an open area inside and under an east roof with a shop area at one end.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Other

Other:

Partnership

Additional Information

This 70 acre property is large enough for more than one farmer.  The owner is raising poultry, operating greenhouses, growing some vegetables and fruit   There is a campground/learning center.  The farmhouse is a new structure with a bakery/catering kitchen.

The owner seeks an experienced person or couple ready to start their own livestock operation to partner in the business. The property.includes 40 open acres and a woodlot.  Partners would manage their own parts.  Some activities could be joint ventures. Level tillable land is scarce and often wet. .In addition to a few smaller spaces there are three pastures -- 12 acres , 8 acres  and  5 acres  with adjacent streams.

There is a good place for a second dwelling on the farm. There is an off-grid Woods House a few minutes walk away that could be used as an owner dwelling.  The barn is limited but there are options for other animal housing structures.  The greenhouses are currently in full use by the owner but expansion could be considered. The educational/guest venture on the farm has facilities tucked away on edges of the farm. There are presently two connected wash houses, a picnic pavilion, four guest/crew/program cabins and five tent sites. 

The owner's philosophy is that land needs to be shared and used.  Multiple generations on a farm provide stability, continuity and community.