Brook Meadow Farm

35 acres • $490,000

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Lisa

Property Location:

Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro Vermont
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

35.0

Total acres available for agriculture:

10.0

Acres of forested land:

25.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

10.0

Acres of pasture:

8.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

In addition to the 10+ acres for garden, crops, or pasture, there are 25 acres forest (oak, maple, hemlock and pine) for lumber, firewood, and forest grazing, and rec/trails/nature. Property is bound by brooks w/ 2 waterfalls. About two acres steep/sloped for grazing, orchard or berry/perennials, or additional housing, not tillage.

Quality of land:

Organic! Statewide agricultural soils (Warwick) with good drainage great productivity. The main mass of open land is pasture (mostly tillable) bound three sides by forest and brook. Some open hilly areas best for perennials or grazing and flat land near farmhouse for large gardens and greenhouse. Former Morgan horse farm, well suited to goat or sheep, micro dairy, or veggies/perennials/retreat. Two acres at roadside 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 fenced field spreads out before you, bound by forest on three sides. It is like another world, but close to town. The main field is 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, and it’s perfect for Silvopastured pork or goats, and/or expansion of field. The forest has many harvest-ready oaks. Every piece I’ve tilled and amended Has sprung to life with great tilth and productivity. It’s a joy to work with my hands in this soil.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

Drilled well for farmstead & Springhouse rights across the street from property year-round with and pipe running down to the pond site. Accessible to pasture.

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

Available

Farmer housing details:

1830 farmhouse with original wood floors, two kitchens - all new appliances. Big windows, stone patio & porch, 2100 sq. ft. 3-4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, closed cell foam and cellulose insulated. Insulated 12x16’ cabin w/loft, Separett toilet, and electric. House yourself, farm help and/or rental income. Zoning would allow more housing.

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

2008 Toyota Tundra, 2016 Kubota L3800HST w/bucket, 5' Machio tiller, 5' rotary cutter, and forks. vl hours<100 Coolbot cooler equipment; Shop tools, mower, Stihl trimmer, chainsaw, irrigation pump/tape brand new high capacity simplicity snowblower.

Farm infrastructure details:

2 1/2 story 1800 gunstock frame bank barn roughly 40x70 with NEW 9 KW PV system/30 panels. Barn has three existing stalls below and untapped potential on the two stories above. High tensile fenced pasture. New 200 amp panel and grid tied solar meter. 26x72 double layer power vented greenhouse adjacent, potential lease.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Other

Property for sale:

Option #1- 35 acres Forest and pasture w/house sites. Housing lease also available long-term or while you build. $100,000 Option #2- 35 acres and barn with full solar system for animals, workshop, house conversion with great local views, $175,000. Note: you’d need to add new well. Option #3 $490,000 for 35 acre farm including house, barn, solar. Equipment negotiable. Note: I’d like to see lower income farmers get access to this great spot, so I could go as low as $100,000 on land only with conservation agreement for the right person/people/plan.

Sale price:

$490,000

Additional Information

Dear Farm Buyer or Lessee: 

This is a special place, from the beautiful barn, birdsong, brooks, gardens, to the location minutes outside of our thriving arts/book-loving/brewer/diversity-celebrating town.

I will be your neighbor and I take my responsibility to this land and this community seriously, so I'm holding out for the right people with synergistic priorities anc skills/resources,  not the highest offer.  

Set-up for a 4-season operation in a neighborhood with over 300 conserved acres, drive-by customers and great neighbors. Brattleboro is the economic hub of southern Vermont, with a fantastic year-round Farmers' Market and a local Coop for your direct-marketing. There's a thriving network of farms, farmers, and farm customers within the community. Farm Camp is in its 15th year engaging youth in the life of a real family farm, and can potentially be yours. Unique  CSA, with kids helping to grow and cook their own food.

I'm open to buy out or capable investor(s) to share the opportunity and the excitement of building a sustainable, small-scale, quality-driven farm system. 
 

There are several potential housesites you could choose from without detracting from the beauty or productivity of the land if the old house/barn is not your interest. In fact, it is not under any development restrictions so it could be great agriculture/ sustainability oriented mini-development of eco home neighbors. 

I look forward to hearing your priorities, enterprise ideas, questions, resources. 

I'm continuing to contract graze organic heifers, host Farm Camp, and run a small farm stand and CSA while holding out for a great next owner or owners. But I am one woman and I am cognizant that while I make magic here with children and grow some great stuff, this great place needs more than I can give. 
 

Thanks for your interest, 
 
Lisa Holderness

799 Upper Dummerston Rd

Brattleboro, VT 05301

[email protected]

(802) 380-7797