Crab Hill Forest and Farm

275 acres

Property Owner:

Private non-farming landowner

Contact Name:

Polly Seddon Allen

Property Location:

Westfield, Vermont
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

275.0

Total acres available for agriculture:

30.0

Acres of forested land:

245.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

30.0

Acres of pasture:

30.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

Pastures surrounded by forest land in current use

Quality of land:

Lands have not been intensively farmed for last 60 plus years, limited forestry and private gardening. No chemicals ever applied. Pastures have been fallow and brush-hogged yearly.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

Good domestic well, several creeks pass through property

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

Available

Farmer housing details:

Goal of posting is to connect with a farmer who would want to rent / lease / purchase farm-house and immediately surrounding acreage (plus or minus 30 acres), with current owner retaining larger acreage and leasing any needed acres for farming activities. The family owners want to see the land used for organic and sustainable family farming.

Equipment and machinery:

None available

Equipment and machinery details:

Farmer supplies own equipment

Farm infrastructure details:

Farm-House, Pastures, Sheds, Well, access to roads and farm/forest road

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Other

Property for sale:

Farm House could be sold or leased, with sale including immediate acreage to qualify for current use or suit need. Owner retains larger acreage (plus or minus 250 acres) in current use with option for prospective buyer to lease these lands for farming use only.

Additional Information

This property was puchased by my father in the mid-1960s and has been a family homestead for 60 years.  The land is beautifully situated below Hazen's Notch, with mountain views and excellent animal habitat.  My father designed and built the house, adapting an 1840s farmhouse.  Our family has had gardens, logged, grown christmas trees, and grown as individuals on this land for decades.  As adult children, we are looking for a farmer to continue this legacy at the site and bring new life to the farm.  We would like to retain much of the land there, but would like to sell/lease/rent to own the house and surrounding acreage.  We also would be very open to collaboration regarding our retained lands (in Vermont Current Use), and would support use for farming purposes.  We are looking for creative, entrepenurial, and grounded people with experience and a clear vision for agricultural and community growth.  Many thanks!