Brook Meadow Farm

35 acres • $550,000

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:

25 acres forest (oak, maple, hemlock and pine), woodlot, and forest grazing, and rec/trails/nature. Property is bounded on two sides by brooks, 2 waterfalls, used for animal watering and for filling a 1/8 acre pond. About two acres sloping for grazing, orchard, brambles, additional housing.

Quality of land:

Organic! Statewide agricultural soils (Warwick) with good drainage great productivity with just a little added fertility. pasture (tillable) bounded 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. Some maple. 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 field spreads out before you, bound by forest on three sides. It is like another world, but so 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.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

Drilled well for farmstead & Springhouse rights 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 1830 farmhouse with original wood, two kitchens - all new appliances. Big windows, stone patio & porch, 2100 sq. ft. 3-4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, closed cell foam and cellulose. Currently used as a duplex. Insulated 12x16’ cabin w/loft, Separett toilet, and electric. House yourself, farm help and/or rental income. Zoning would allow more.

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

Toyota Tundra, Kubota 2016 L3800HST w/bucket, 5' Machio tiller, 5' rotary cutter, and forks. vl hours<100 Electric Auto-venting 26x72 Rimol greenhouse with roll-ups. Coolbot cooler equipment; Shop tools, mower, Stihl trimmer, chainsaw, irrigation pump/tape.

Farm infrastructure details:

2 1/2 story 1800 gunstock frame bank barn roughly 40x70 with NEW 9 KW PV system. High tensile fenced pasture. 26'x72' Rimol double poly/IR greenhouse, trenches water/electric. 12x16 potting cabin or guest /labor space fully insulated with Jotul woodstove 2018. New 200 amp service.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Property for rent

Other

Property for sale:

Several configurations possible. 35 acres w/8 acre fenced pasture/25 acre forest, multiple house sites or development possible $175,000; great barn for animals, workshop, house conversion, incl solar and 35 acres $250,000; $550,000 for house, barn, solar, 35 acres, and all equipment. I’d like to see lower income farmers cooperate here for access to this great spot, but most contacts are still stuck in the “I want to own it all” mentality and don’t have the financing for it. This larger parcel could easily support two neighboring individually owned synergistic enterprises with complete autonomy - farming/sustainability neighbors. The farmhouse has two kitchens and can easily be two private duplex homes, or the farm is situated so one or two sustainable homes could be situated around the perimeter of the fields without losing views or productive land, and the expenses and work to create a most gorgeous, spectacular organic farm neighborhood with individual enterprises/income streams for the owners and the expense of the views and privacy shared.

Sale price:

$550,000

Additional Information

Dear Farm Buyer, Lessee, or Potential Farm Neighbor: 

This is a very special place, from the beautiful barn, birdsong, brooks, gardens, to the location minutes outside of our thriving arts/book-loving/brewer/diversity-celebrating town. Turnkey 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 will be an excellent neighbor or potentially yours. Unique  CSA, with kids helping to grow and cook their own food.

I'm open to buyers 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 passion. In fact, it is not under any development restrictions so if could be great agriculture/ sustainability oriented mini-development of eco home neighbors to the farm. 

You (and your partner/family) are grounded, smart, capable, committed to sustainability/renewable energy/organics and financially ready. My first choice is a livestock farmer who wants to maximize the pasture and silvopasture, and improve and steward the land and barn while living in the farmhouse duplex and/or building a new home. But I look forward to hearing your enterprise ideas, questions, resources. 

I'm continuing to farm here and run Farm Camp, but I'm just one person and this place is waiting for you to buy a part of it so I can invest more in the rest. thank you, 
Lisa Holderness

Brattleboro, VT 05301

[email protected]

(802) 380-7797