Brook Meadow Farm

35 acres • $350,000

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Lisa

Property Location:

Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro Vermont
View Location on Google MapsView Soil Info on VT Natural Resources AtlasView Atlas Tutorial

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 resources for timber (oak and pine), woodlot, and forest grazing, and rec/trails/nature. Property is bounded on two sides by brooks, 2 waterfalls, 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 currently in pasture but tillable. Good soil structure. Beautiful, gently rolling 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. Location! It lies in good neighborhood with the house and barn just off pavement in high visibility area for farm stand/marketing. 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, bound by forest on three sides. It is like another world, but so close The 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, 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:

Productive 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, south 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. Camper. House yourself, farm help and/or rental income.

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

Kubota L3800HST w/bucket, 5' Machio tiller, 5' rotary cutter, and forks. vl hours. Auto-venting 26x72 Rimol greenhouse with roll-ups. 20085.7l Toyota Tundra extracab; Coolbot cooler equipment; Germination & propagation - LED and T8 lights, heat mats. Shop tools, mower, Stihl trimmer, chainsaw.

Farm infrastructure details:

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

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Property for rent

Other

Property for sale:

Flexible for the right match - several options and open to other suggestions. Purchase a portion of the farm to make it more affordable. Buy 33 acres w/8 acre fenced pasture/buildable house site/25 acre forest $190,000 or 28.4 acres farmhouse and barn $350,000. $430,000 house/barn/pasture/35 acres. 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:

$350,000

Additional Information

Dear Farm Buyer, Lessee, or Potential Partner: 

This is a very special place, from the birdsong, brook sounds, luscious soil, to the location literally 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, 2 other working farms, 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. 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 to take over. Currently runs as CSA, with kids helping to grow and cook their own food.

I'm open to outright 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 passions. In fact, it is not under any development restrictions so if could be great agriculture/ sustainability oriented housing cooperative/land trust. 

You (and your partner/family) are grounded, smart, capable, committed to sustainability/renewable energy/organics and financially ready. Priority will be given to those with some on-going or potential off-farm income stream, marketing, berry, perennial, honey, sugaring or livestock experience, although money and a passion for hard-work and follow through could "trump" that, and I look forward to hearing your enterprise ideas.  

Come walk the land, look at photos, tell me your vision. I'm continuing to farm here in the meantime and run Farm Camp/SEED.

Lisa Holderness

Brattleboro, VT 05301

[email protected]

(802) 380-7797