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

38 acres • $250,000

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:

38.4

Total acres available for agriculture:

15.0

Acres of forested land:

25.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

8.0

Acres of pasture:

8.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

25 acres forest resources for timber (oak and pine), woodlot, and forest grazing, and rec/trails/nature. Property is bounded on two sides by brooks, a nice waterfall on one, one historically used for animal watering and for filling a 1/8 acre pond. Some land around farmhouse best suited to perennial growing and on-farm sales.

Quality of land:

Organic! Statewide agricultural soils (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, gently rolling pasture (or tillable) bounded three sides by forest and high tensile perimeter fence with water access. Some open hilly areas best for perennials or grazing. Very well suited to goat or sheep, with an additional 4.7 acres of power line ROW at rear of forest that would benefit from grazing. Also have 2 acre tilled parcel half mile away for production. 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. 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 a 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.

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:

Beautiful and flexible. 2200 sqft house is duplex w/ 2 one or two bedrooms; wood floors, big windows, 2 full baths, new kitchen, south facing porch, fireplace. Also unfinished cabin. The property could be divided and you could have the house with sale, or build new on one of three private, visually unobtrusive sites, two with solar potential.

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

Kubota L3800HST w/bucket, 5' Machio tiller, 5' rotary cutter, and forks. Excellent condition 130 hours on tractor. Autoventing 26x72 greenhouse with roll-ups; F150 Truck 140K; Coolbot cooler equipment; Plant-starting - efficient lights combo LED and T8, shelving, heat mats. Most shop tools, mower, hand greens spinner, perennials.

Farm infrastructure details:

2 story timber frame + barn, long south-facing roof, 3 stalls & chicken house, tractor storage, hayloft, workshop, plant room. New Rimol greenhouse 26x72, double IR poly, wiggle wire, locust baseboard and hip boards, electric and water. 10x16 unfinished cabin with SS chimney.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Property for rent

Other

Property for sale:

For sale turnkey: $450,000. ($360,000 and $40,000+ equipment). Or divided $250,000. But I prefer to conserve and land trust it with separately owned, condo-system housing, or to divide the property and sell portion for $250. This property has frontage allowing it to be divided for two homesteads but I'd like to conserve the land base itself and protect it from development. Please contact for more information on this unusual opportunity. 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. Or, I could continue to farm it and you could own a home on a beautiful farm which would help me afford and conserve it.

Sale price:

$250,000

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, 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. 

Turnkey. I put in greenhouse with electric, plumbing, newly tilled 2 acres, contract for grazing and new pasture fence, cooler equipment, tractor and implements. 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. Dividing 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 doesn't 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 next door!

You are: 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. 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, honey, 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. 

Lisa Holderness

799 Upper Dummerston Road

Brattleboro, VT 05301

[email protected]

(802) 490-0581

(802) 251-0353