Contrary's Whey Farm and Creamery

10 acres • $450,000

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Ellie Mesler

Property Location:

Milton, Vermont
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:


Total acres available for agriculture:


Acres of forested land:


Acres of cropland or tillable land:


Acres of pasture:


Other open and/or non-farmable land:

0.25 acres not usable because of location of dry well

Quality of land:

Sandy Soil - augmented with barn waste from goats No chemicals have been used since 2011 No drainage or wetness issues Aspect/slope - level land Land assessed by UVM Extension Center in 2013 and I have been incorporating their recommendations for building soil and creating a soil sponge

Farm Information

Water sources present:


Water sources details:

I have an excellent source of well water. Never experience low water levels since 2011

Barns and sheds:


Farmer housing:


Farmer housing details:

Would prefer not to have farmer live on property but would consider special circumstances such as seasonal housing (May to Oct) for a maximum of two people

Equipment and machinery:

None available

Equipment and machinery details:

DR Field Brush Mower

Farm infrastructure details:

One barn with three stalls about 1000 square feet including a clean room with running filtered water and heat. Also the same amount of space in loft of barn. Fencing for goats No watering or irrigations systems

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for rent

Property for rent:

Long term lease or Lease with Purchase

Sale price:


Additional Information

The current use is farmstead.  In past have had up to 8 Nigerian Dwarf milking goats.  Person leasing at that time sold goat milk, kid goats and made cheese (for home use only).  I do NOT have a USDA approved cheese making room.  Also, land was used to produce vegetables.  Since 2011 I have labored to bring the sandy barren property to a place where I am comfortable that the SOIL is now able to sustain growth of healthy products.  Each year I plant fewer seeds and continue to increase yields at harvest time.  The goats and I use the regenerative farming practice to bring this land back and with the help of UVM Soil and Crop extension, I now feel ready to offer the land for lease.  The forested land has a multitude of possibilities from mushrooms to ginseng.  Forest has a small amount of Maple, Beech, Hemlock, Oaks and White Pine.  There is a path in the woods the plantings are diverse.  Someone with a forest background would be able to sort out the specifics.  I am located in Milton Vermont very close to 1-89 making the location very convenient to multiple markets.  My long term goal is to keep this land in Agricultural use.  A small orchard is also a possibility.  I am looking for a farmer devoted to proper land use, who is educated in regenerative farming practices.  At this time that is a central focus for me and this piece of land.


Please contact Ellie at [email protected] or 802-891-6942 (no texts please) with questions.