HighFields Farm

130 acres

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Property Location:

854 Tatro Hill Road
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

130.0

Total acres available for agriculture:

130.0

Acres of forested land:

75.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

3.0

Acres of pasture:

35.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

Minimal steep, wetland, stream or stream buffers.

Quality of land:

The crop land is very fertile. Pasture land is improving with animal pasturing, but had declined from long period of limited use. Survey, planning and pasture rotation maps available upon request. Soil type: stoney fine sandy loam, Tunbridge-Woodstock rocky and very rocky fine sandy loam, Buckland stony loam. A soil report and map are available upon request. Soil and water tests are also available.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

Deep drilled wells serving houses at 854 & 964. 854 well piped to greenhouse and farmstead. Spring piped to 854 animal barn, main garden and greenhouse. Multiple springs on property. Grant funding available now to develop them into pasture watering areas.

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

Available

Farmer housing details:

2 adjacent properties: 854 & 964 Tatro Hill. 854 main house (owners') live is historic (1816) brick cape, renovated in 2004, with 1BR apt attached. 964 has 3BR house. Depending on needs and financial arrangement, farmer(s) could live in 964 house, 854 apartment, or large bedroom in main house, as rentals currently contribute to farm income.

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

20 year old New Holland 1510 tractor w/ bucket, brush hog, tiller & finish mower, 10 year old BCS with tiller, rotary plow, potato digger, cutter bar, rake & baler, NEW Holland 65 baler and 256 rake, sm manure spreader, sheep shears, hand tools, irrigation supplies, 12’ cooler/freezer, chest & upright freezer, farmstand & FM supplies.

Farm infrastructure details:

Farm buildings: Rebuilt on old footprint: 24x50’ 3 level garage/storage/farmstand barn 1 level Animal barn(shed style), 3 bay Former milk house used for storage & chick brooding Shed attached to main house 20x20, 2 levels 14x96' gothic shaped greenhouse

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Other

Other:

Partnership or other type of joint venture with short term goal of building business for farm viability and long-term goal of equity building by farmer for eventual ownership of farm.

Additional Information

We are a professional couple in our 50’s with a 130ac hill farm in Randolph, VT, 5 mi. from I-89 and 2 mi. from downtown Randolph, certified org since 2000.  We raise sheep, turkeys, broilers, layers, & produce for direct at farmstand or farmers markets.  Our goal is to ensure the future viability of the farm, which right now suffers from the limited time we have & inability to find consistent help.  We want to continue to play a role, but have limited time after our day jobs, and we have no children or other family members who wish to farm.

We are looking for one or more people ready to run a farm business, but not ready to take the leap directly into ownership.  Need patience, long-term commitment, & skills (farming & interpersonal) to build the business, build equity in the farm, toward eventual ownership over time.  We have ideas about how this can happen as a partnership, but open for other ideas. We envision a 1-3 year ‘trial period’ to establish a working relationship, after which equity-building would begin, tied to profits & relative time or investment.

In the short term, we can continue to pay overhead costs & provide most of the working capital, provided that production & income goals are met.  Farmer(s) would take a % of profits & contribute to their living expenses. Long term goal: the farm operation is profitable enough to stand on its own.