The Vermont Land Trust is working with the owners of Decker Farm to find a new farmer to buy the land and run a commercial agricultural business. The farm has been an organic dairy for several years. The owners moved to a larger farm this past fall, and have decided to sell this farm. Interested farmers will need to submit a proposal (see https://www.vlt.org/decker-farm). The Vermont Land Trust and its advisory committee will then select a proposal through a competitive process.
The property is on 701 Cook Road near the rural town of Barton in Orleans County. The area is characterized by open farmland and the farm boasts mountain vistas to the north and south with views of farmed hillsides. Lords Brook flows through the wetland woods in the northern portion of the farm.
The farm will be subject to a perpetual farmland conservation easement that will allow all types of agricultural uses and new agricultural structures, while limiting subdivision and commercial or residential development. The conservation easement will include the option to purchase at agricultural value. This option allows VLT to purchase the farm at its agricultural value should the buyer (or a future owner) attempt to sell the farm to a non-farmer. (Owners may also sell the farm to family members.) This provision helps ensure the availability of the property to future farmers. Additional farm labor housing may be constructed with prior approval. A Wetland Protection Zone totaling ±25 acres is included in the easement. A copy of the conservation easement is available for review.
We are hosting one open house on April 21st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the farm to allow potential buyers to see the property. We strongly recommend attendance at an open house, since there is limited availability to see the farm outside of this date. Interested parties are asked to respond if planning to attend.
To request additional materials, call Jon Ramsay at (802) 533-7705 or [email protected].