Decker Farm

130 acres • $220,000

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Jon Ramsay

Property Location:

701 Cook Rd, Barton, VT
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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:


Quality of land:

The farm is certified organic. The majority of the cropland is Cabot silt loam soil with 3% to 8% slopes. The lower pastures near the forested wetland are mapped as Moosilauke very fine sandy loam with 0% to 3% slopes. Other soil types include Nasmith loamy fine sand with 0% to 3% slopes and Peru fine sandy loam with 8% to 15% slopes.

Farm Information

Water sources present:


Water sources details:

Water is provided by a drilled well with an adequate supply for a dairy operation. Rotational grazing, fencing, and watering systems have been installed for the pastures.

Barns and sheds:


Farmer housing:


Farmer housing details:

Farmhouse, built in 1965, recently renovated but needs some finishing and siding, 1,650 square feet of living space

Equipment and machinery:


Equipment and machinery details:

Dairy equipment and generator in free-stall barn

Farm infrastructure details:

• Freestall dairy barn, built in 1970, good condition, 6,400 square feet, 50 freestalls; o Includes dairy equipment and generator; • Milkhouse, good condition, replaced 6 years ago, includes 4-stall flat parlor; • Old dairy barn, fair condition, 5,336 square feet; • Horse/equipment barn, fair condition, 2,460 square feet.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Property for sale:

The owners are currently working with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve the farm. The owners will give a buyer the necessary time needed to secure financing. A closing may occur once a buyer has financing. The farm can be available for the upcoming 2018 cropping year.

Sale price:


Additional Information

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 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].