Hearts' Ease Farm

21 acres

Property Owner:

Private non-farming landowner

Contact Name:

Jo Oliver

Property Location:

Danville, VT
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

21.0

Total acres available for agriculture:

10.0

Acres of forested land:

10.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

3.0

Acres of pasture:

7.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

Marshy areas in spring which might be workable in other seasons

Quality of land:

Per VT soils map, primarily 22B Cabot silt loam and some 14C Vershire-Lombard complex. Growing area is mostly level, open to the south and protected to the north, reportedly fertile. Apple trees, other fruit trees, raspberries. Property hasn't been tended for the last 3 years and will need restoration

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

Pond and brook. House is on municipal water/sewer

Barns and sheds:

Available

Farmer housing:

Available

Farmer housing details:

Shared housing with owner- large 5 bedroom farmhouse, potential for separate apartment

Equipment and machinery:

None available

Farm infrastructure details:

Large 3 story barn attached to the house, wired/lighting, unclear if plumbed. Shop area with fridge/freezer was used for farm store by previous owner. 8 box stalls on first floor, large hayloft with high drive, currently used for storage, dirt floored basement was once used for oxen, will eventually be renovated. Grass riding ring/turnout area.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for rent

Other

Property for rent:

Long term lease with preference given to someone interested in sharing the house with full access to the barn/land.

Additional Information

Hearts' Ease Farm is in Danville village. I am looking for folks who are interested in community, permaculture, small scale market gardens and livestock. I am interested in all aspects of sustainable land management, though I do not forsee being the primary farmer as I have a separate profession as a nurse. My dream is to eventually offer therapeutic/educational services of some kind to the community combined with CSA/market gardens. The location is ideal for someone who wants to have a market garden and sell at the Farmers Market on the Green, also easy access to the year round market in St Jay.  

There are several acres of open, level land, some of which was used for vegetables and the rest as pasture, last grazed 3 years ago by goats and horses. Perimeter fencing of board/wire needs some repair/completion, but extends around much of the property with gates. The majority of the land is wooded, with some marshy open areas as mentioned, which might be seasonally appropriate for pasture. There is a pond, in need of maintenance, about 1/3 of an acre in size and a brook running through part of the property. The forested area is mixed hard and soft woods, probably in need of management/thinning as this hasn't been done in many years. A previous owner reportedly created X-C skiing trails in the woods some years ago. 

The property is currently managed by a caretaker and will be available in May of 2021. I'm posting now so that interested folks can contact me over the winter. There is a 5 bedroom farmhouse in good shape and large 3 story barn in need of restoration, but currently usable with minor repairs to be completed this fall.