We are a professional couple in our early 60’s with a 130ac hill farm in Randolph, VT, 5 mi. from I-89 and 2 mi. from downtown Randolph, certified org since 2000. We raise sheep, turkeys, broilers, layers, & produce for direct at farmstand or farmers markets. Our goal is to ensure the future viability of the farm, which right now suffers from the limited time we have & inability to find consistent help. We want to continue to play a role, but have limited time after our day jobs, and we have no children or other family members who wish to farm.
We are looking for one or more people ready to run a farm business, but not ready to take the leap directly into full ownership. Ideally, farmer would initially rent or buy house & property next door, and run the farm with our help in a transition to ownership of the farm business and everntuall the farm property. Need patience, long-term commitment, & skills (farming & interpersonal) to build the business, build equity in the farm, toward eventual ownership over time. We have ideas about how this can happen as a partnership, but open for other ideas. We envision a 1-3 year ‘trial period’ to establish a working relationship, after which equity-building would begin, tied to profits & relative time or investment.
In the short term, we can continue to pay overhead costs; farmer provides operating costs for at least veggie production. Farmer(s) would take a % of profits & contribute to their living expenses. Long term goal: the farm operation is profitable enough to stand on its own and contribute to overhead costs.