Organic 38 Acres in Brattleboro w/Greenhouse, Barn, Pasture

39 acres • $225,000

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Lisa

Property Location:

799 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro Vermont
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

38.7

Total acres available for agriculture:

15.0

Acres of forested land:

25.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

5.0

Acres of pasture:

10.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

Significant forest resources for timber (oak and pine), woodlot, and forest grazing, and recreation/trails/nature. Property is bounded on two sides by brooks, a nice waterfall on one, some historically used for animal watering and for filling a 1/4 acre pond. Some land around farmhouse best suited to perennial growing and on-farm sales.

Quality of land:

Organic! Statewide agricultural soils (including Warwick) with good drainage, most in pasture and hay historically. Good soil structure. In year one I tilled one former horse paddock and it went through drought looking great with heavy compost and minimal irrigation. Beautiful, rolling pasture bounded three sides by forest and perimeter fenced with water access. Some open hilly areas best for perennials or grazing. Very well suited to goat or sheep. Also have 2 acre tilled parcel half mile away for production. Irrigation is readily available. I had portable pump/filter assembly but ended up doing fine with residential well. Best suited to diversified operation combining grazing, expanding of perennial crops, and direct market/agritourism based sales. I'm also interested in sugaring and area has untapped maples though limited on actual property. Location! It lies in good neighborhood with the house and barn just off pavement in high visibility area for planting/farmstand/marketing/interacting. Two acres exist on that plane for cultivation and marketing, along with the farmstead. Then there is a drop; along that drop there is a pond site to right/south of barn (private, below house) and more unfenced grazing or potential for trees/shrubs/perennials (good air drainage and eastern aspect). From this level the field spreads out before you, bounded on all sides by forest except abutter. It is like another world, but so close to lively, arts town with thriving farmers market and coop. This main field is newly fenced for pasturing cattle, with three access points and a full perimeter tractor/truck access. I've since cleared more brush/invasives so the fenced pasture could be increased. There is very little invasive pressure and significant privacy/quiet.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

Productive residential potable well with submerged pump . Water from that irrigated the gardens this dry year; enough to water at night with drip. Deed includes springhouse across the street from property and pipe running down to the pond site or to fill trough. Brook is easily accessible to pasture and set up to be water source for pond, cattle.

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

Available

Farmer housing details:

This is a beautiful place to live and I'm flexible. 2700 sqft house includes 1 or two Bedroom duplex apt. in beautiful 1830s farmhouse; wood floors, big windows, full bath, brand new kitchen, south facing porch, fireplace. Long term, the property could be divided with two separate housing lots and new energy efficient home for me or you.

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

Kubota l3800HST w/bucket, 5' Machio tiller, 5' rotary cutter, and forks. Excellent condition <150 hours. Mechanical venting 26x72 greenhouse with roll-ups; F150 Truck; Coolbot cooler equipment; Plant-starting - efficient lights, shelving, heat mats. Most shop tools, market tent, mower, hand greens spinner, perennials.

Farm infrastructure details:

2 story barn, long south-facing roof, 3 stalls & chicken house, tractor storage, hayloft, workshop, plant room. New Rimol greenhouse 26x72, inflated double IR poly, all wiggle wire, locust baseboard and hip boards, electric and water. Cute 10x16 unfinished cabin with chimney Mobile drip irrigation equipment. Coolbot/AC cooler and tools.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Property for rent

Other

Property for sale:

With improvements in total transfer of ownership it is $420,000 before June 30 and $440,000 after. I have a specially negotiated purchase price and $100,000 into it that I must get out to be bought out, and I have until July 15th to close. It was on the market for $485,000 before my improvements. But I prefer to sell half of the farm (full access, 50% equity, separately owned housing/privacy) for $200,000 - $225,000, depending on which housing plan is desired by co-buyer. This property has frontage allowing it to be divided for two homesteads but I'd like to conserve the land intact forever and protect it from development. Please contact for more information on this unusual opportunity. The reasoning behind it is I need security as a single mom, but I like the idea of making this incredible place and life accessible to another fiscally sound individual or family with sustainable farming interests and peaceful quality of life objectives. Neither of us needs to work off-farm full time to survive and afford it if we collaborate on securing its resources and opportunities for mutual benefit but private living and operations.

Sale price:

$225,000

Additional Information

Dear Farm Lessee or Co-Buyer - 

This place is beautiful and has everything needed for a small sustainable 4-season operation in a neighborhood with over 200 conserved acres, 2 other working farms, and some wealthy drive-by customers and great neighbors. Just minutes from library, swimming holes,  fun downtown Brattleboro with movie theater and arts. Within long distance market range to Boston, Hartford, NY. This is a beautiful, peaceful place to make heading outside to work a joy and the same for campers and customers coming to the farm. For a diversified, small direct market operation and agritourism/farm education it has a special charm. There are many places further afield that are much less expensive, but after years managing a farm I find the number one issue is market not production - and Brattleboro is a very special community with a fantastic Farmers' Market, year-round, and a local Coop. 

Brook Meadow Farm is turnkey. I put in greenhouse with electric, plumbing, newly tilled 2 acres, contract for grazing and new pasture fence, cooler equipment, tractor and implements. But I also took a full-time job to support myself and my teenager. I'm looking for an enthusiastic and capable business partner to share the opportunity and the excitement of building a sustainable, small-scale, quality driven operation. Sharing the work and investment and the profit is the best way to maximize the potential of this 38 acres to create a more just, joyful and sustainable life and leave time and financial breathing room to do some other things. 

This is not my first time at bat - I'm 50 and starting over post-divorce with years of farm management experience and direct experience with how important equity protection/documentation is to protect our investments down the line. I bring creative vision, organic flower and berry experience, customer service/marketing, and knowledge of state and national farm resources and successful grantwriting/planning. I  love working on integrated systems, energy systems, and farm infrastructure. I am a good facilitator and collaborator, but also enjoy working for hours in silence. I am very good for early mornings, short intensive bursts of fieldwork, hard hand weeding early and late in the day, slow careful seeding with high success transplants in greenhouse, dividing/propagating perennials, flower arranging, sales, signage, packing syrup, tractor work for hours. I'd rather weed than pick, and prefer greenhouse seeding and transplanting over field planting. And I run field trips, camp, adult workshops and enjoy managing staff. That said, I am flexible - just because I can do all these things doesnt mean I need to, and if you wanted to run a whole private operation, I could do that too - as long as you're OK with me promoting you and running Farm Camp!

You are: somewhat organized or welcoming of organization, communicative, reflective, fun and motivated person. You are grounded, smart, capable, committed to sustainability/renewable energy/organics and financially ready with at least 30,000 cash. If you have $100,000 you'd be coming in with equal skin in the game. Priority will be given to those with business, berry, perennial, sugaring or livestock experience, although money and a passion for hard-work and follow through could "trump" that, and I'm open to other enterprise ideas.  Just no veggie CSA, to avoid competing with my neighbors.

Write to me with your responses, or just call. Come walk the land, look at photos, meet and talk, tell me what you agree and disagree with. I've had at least one very strong potential partner come by, and time is ticking for 2017 season. 

Lisa Holderness

Brook Meadow Farm & Farm Camp (formerly Deer Ridge Farm & Farm Camp)

799 Upper Dummerston Road

Brattleboro, VT 05301

vermontfarmcamp@comcast.net

(802) 490-0581

(802) 251-0353