Cossingham Farm in Norwich

35 acres

Property Owner:

Private non-farming landowner

Contact Name:

Elena Mihaly

Property Location:

70 Cossingham Road, Norwich VT
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:

35.0

Acres of forested land:

70.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

0.0

Acres of pasture:

43.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

There is a 2 acre area around our farm house; there is approximately 1 acre of land that we are using for an orchard; and there is a small stream flowing through the property, as well a small wetland area, so farmers grazing animals would be limited by the Required Agricultural Practices buffer requirements in those areas.

Quality of land:

We have two fields that face north/north-east with an approximate aspect of 8-15 degrees. We have a south/south-east facing slope that ranges from 8-15 degrees. We believe the fields were limed at some point in the last five years. There were about a dozen cows grazed on the fields two summers ago, and last summer we mowed one of the three pastures and ran some sheep on the other one. The soils probably need amendments, which we would be willing to invest in (we submitted a soil test to UVM lab this fall, so we'll know more about what particular amendment treatment is recommended soon). We've been told these pastures are "hay ground" due to the slopes. To our knowledge, no chemicals have been applied in the past five years. Soil series 19 C and D, 20 C and D, 25 C and D, 26D, 30D.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

There are several spring-fed water sources around the farm. When cows were grazed in the field, the farmer ran a hose either from spigot in barn, or directly from stream (during November) to a big water basin. Worked fine.

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

None available

Equipment and machinery:

None available

Equipment and machinery details:

There is storage space in the barn to store equipment.

Farm infrastructure details:

All fields are fenced in with electric fencing. There is a large wood-framed barn (30' by 76'). It has exterior finishes of metal roof and wood clapboard siding and is built into a bank, so has one side of the foundation open to grade level. It's used for storage now, but with some adaptation, could possibly be used for animal shelter.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for rent

Other

Property for rent:

We are very interested in having these fields be used for pasturing animals, and we're open to negotiating the lease terms. Our primary motivation is to have this land be put to use.

Additional Information

The total Cossingham Farm property acreage is 122.6 acres. It's located in Norwich, VT, about seven minutes from the downtown of Norwich, and ten minutes from Hanover/Dartmouth College. The whole site has 43 acres of open fields, the rest is forested. We currently live in the farmhouse on the site.

My husband and I are both mid-30s folks with full-time jobs away from the house (although I work from home three days/week). Husband is a professor at Dartmouth, I work at an environmental nonprofit. Despite the full-time jobs, we're very motivated to have this beautiful property be a working landscape, and we're keen to help out a farmer who is looking for extra pasture for replacement heifers, sheep, goats, etc.

Because we don't have on-site farmer housing, we're ideally looking for a local farmer who needs more pasture acreage. We'd happily take on some responsibility for supervising the livestock since we are here on the land. In fact, that's part of our desire to have the land used in this way for a while. We'd love to have our own animals on it some day. 

The land has a conservation easement on it, held by the Upper Valley Land Trust. Also, the land is enrolled in the VT Current Use program.