Green & Gold in Sudbury

54 acres

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Paige Wener

Property Location:

150 Horton Road, Sudbury, Vermont
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

54.0

Total acres available for agriculture:

54.0

Acres of forested land:

26.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

17.0

Acres of pasture:

17.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

About six acres in wetlands bordering one of the northern ends of Lake Hortonia.

Quality of land:

Seventeen acres of pasture on prime agricultural land in northern Rutland County, Georgia and Armenia soil types. Some areas of slow drainage, especially in the spring, but no flooding potential. Slope varies from about 5 to 8%, but there are quite a few acres of practically flat land. The pasture has been hayed and spread with manure by a local organic dairy farmer for the past five years, and I grow no-till Certified Organic produce on one acre - no chemicals or restricted substances used in at least the past five years. We have a few 15-year-old full-size apple trees, to which we added about 25 dwarf trees to this year - older trees have received some sprays, but not for more than ten years. The pasture is surrounded by forest, and we neighbor a conventional cornfield (with adequate hedgerow buffer). The land slopes down towards Lake Hortonia and wetlands. We're strongly committed to increasing the biodiversity of this land through the addition of many more species of plants and animals. Abundant wildlife.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

None available

Water sources details:

We are drilling a well for irrigation and washing vegetables this year (hopefully completed by August).

Barns and sheds:

None available

Farmer housing:

None available

Farmer housing details:

There are options to rent and buy in the area, and we are looking to build worker/co-farmer housing in the near future - always the option to tent it or bring your tiny house!

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

I own a 30-HP John Deere with a bucket loader, and have access to a single-bottom moldboard plow, brush-hog, and rototiller. Implements used infrequently as I only need them to break ground, but they are available!

Farm infrastructure details:

We are also installing a wash/pack and cold storage facility, small (14'x28'). We have a long-term plan for a pole barn with adequate tool and equipment storage, four-season wash/pack, and possibly an apartment above.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Other

Other:

Cooperative, collaborative partnership in stewarding the land! Includes renting/leasing, incubator operations, and the possibility of forming a worker co-op or becoming business partners if we really sync up!

Additional Information

Looking specifically for passionate folks with farming experience who are currently running their own agricultural business or want to in the near future. We have secure, diversified markets and believe that cross-promotion is a great way to help other farmers build businesses (for example, add-ons to our veggie CSA). We have ~17 acres of high-quality pasture and ~26 acres of forested land. We are looking for folks who want to produce livestock (pigs, goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, meat birds), fruit (berries, currants, apples, grapes, plums, persimmons, etc.), medicinal herbs, honey, mushrooms, small grains, and anyone who is passionate about farm marketing. The end goal is to produce a community focused on regenerative agriculture, where we have the support system and shared markets in place to be able to actually thrive as small farming businesses. Bring your passion and we will provide guaranteed, long-term land tenure. 

The aim is to establish a radical alternative to the small, family farm: which is a difficult and unsustainable model for changing the food system in this country. I am open to renting out land (deeply discounted), especially in the beginning, but would prefer folks who want to take ownership in the land, and possibly build a partnership. I strongly believe that collaboration is the way of the future for regenerative agriculture: sharing resources and infrastructure helps get farm businesses off the ground, and enables everyone involved to farm with less stress. I have an established CSA and great markets, which would be open immediately to co-farmers to sell their products. Farmers who are BIPOC, queer, trans, disabled, and/or young are greatly encouraged to get in touch! We are super welcoming, despite being white folks living in a very rural, white area - something that we struggle with daily.

I grow vegetables, so I am looking for farmers who focus on other enterprises, although I am not opposed to meeting my future veggie business partner! Would also love someone passionate about pickles to ferment second-quality veggies, or someone to take over our apple trees. Seeking folks with a rounded farm education to decide what they truly want to produce, after walking at the land and talking about what will work best on it - so come with an open heart and mind!