Spring Chicken Farm, Topsham

9 acres • $225,000

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Betsy

Property Location:

297 Topsham Corinth Rd, Topsham, Vermont
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

8.5

Total acres available for agriculture:

6.5

Acres of forested land:

0.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

1.5

Acres of pasture:

5.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

1.3 acre conserved riparian buffer strip along the stream, some wet areas.

Quality of land:

Fertile valley bottom soil with dense pasture growth. 3.3 acres are mapped as Ninigret fine sandy loam- prime agricultural soil (some of this is wetter than average, at least 1.25 acres tillable for market garden and/or high tunnels). No chemicals have been applied in at least the last 8 years. After many years of continuous grazing of replacement heifers, we bought this place in 2009, and began rehabilitating the pasture. Pasture has been used for management intensive grazing of sheep and cows since 2012. Homestead garden is well-drained sandy loam. Some wet areas, minimal slope.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

One dug well for the farmhouse, re-dug in 2015. Another dedicated well for the pasture water system, new in 2012. Pasture water system has many spigots along the pasture fence to facilitate easy rotational grazing with zero water hauling. Tabor Branch of the Waits River bounds the farm to the west- 1 acre riparian buffer with young trees.

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

Available

Farmer housing details:

1,937 squ.ft 1830s farmhouse has three bedrooms, two full baths, a terrific mudroom, a large deck, workshop, and a new dug well. Avalon Olympic wood stove for primary heat and forced air oil heat backup. Lead remediation completed in 2011. Rustic, wood-fired sauna down by the brook.

Equipment and machinery:

None available

Farm infrastructure details:

Two barns for livestock and hay storage, both with electricity. One garage/workshop. Garden shed. ~5 acres fenced in 5 strand hi-tensile, gravel laneways for equipment and livestock to cross wet area, professionally installed in 2012. Dedicated pasture well with many water takeoffs along inside of fence. ~1 acre fenced in welded wire paddocks.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Sale price:

$225,000

Additional Information

This property has been operated for the last 8 years as a small farm raising organic bedding plants, organic pastured poultry, and grass-fed beef and lamb, and is an ideal site for a homestead, small farm business, or as home base for a larger grazing operation- lease options for grazing larger neighboring pieces are a likely bet in this area.  All the major infrastructure is ready and waiting for you to move in and get to work on your farm dream.

Spring Chicken Farm is situated on 8.5 acres of fertile valley bottom in the Tabor Valley of Topsham, Vermont.  Bounded on the west by the Tabor Branch of the Waits River, with excellent valley views to the south. 3.3 acres are mapped as Ninigret fine sandy loam, prime agricultural soil (at least 1.25 well drained enough for a great market garden and/or high tunnels). Large, well tended organic vegetable garden, and 5+ acres of lush valley bottom pasture with excellent grazing infrastructure: 5 strand hi-tensile perimeter fence, gravel laneways to cross wet areas, and a dedicated pasture well with multiple water spigots along fence edges to facilitate easy-as-pie rotational grazing.  Ditch fences keep animals out of sensitive waterways and the river, and an acre strip of young trees planted on the river protects the bank from erosion.  You can hear the Tabor Branch bubbling through the backyard while you work in the garden, and relax in the wood-fired sauna after a long day’s work.  The shady brook provides ample opportunities for wading and trout fishing.

We built terrific infrastructure in conjunction with CREP and VACD Livestock Exclusion programs, and want very much to find a new farmer who will benefit from these improvements. 

Visit our website with pictures at http://springchickenfarm.strikingly.com