Multiple owners of contiguous of prime farmland in the heart of Landgrove are offering a farmland lease opportunity to a farmer or farmers interested in developing an agricultural enterprise. The current beef farmer is retiring after 30 years of regenerative land stewardship. He is coordinating with his four neighboring lessors to find a new independent operator to steward this special farm. The landowners expect the new operation will begin in the 2019 growing season.
The landowners are motivated to find a new farmer and are eager to work creatively with the right farmer-partner to help the farmer create a productive and profitable venture in Landgrove. They seek a farmer who will establish an environmentally responsible (sustainable, non-chemical) diversified agricultural operation. The previous pasture-based grazing operation is suitable to the landbase, but the land will support a wide range of crop and livestock production; multiple species and mixed agricultural use are possible.
Landgrove is located in the middle a well populated and heavily visited part of Vermont. There are four ski areas within a half hour of the town, as well as year-round tourist destinations like Manchester, Weston, and the Green Mountain National Forest. For much of the year there is access to a consumer population that is many times larger than the resident population. There are thriving farmers markets in Londonderry and Manchester, but, other than that, this area of Vermont is underserved when it comes to access to fresh, local food. For a good overview of Landgrove, a reading of the Town Plan can be very informative.
A custom haying neighbor can supply hay for the operator as well. The farmland portion of the lease will be a free to the farmer. Capital improvements and other support funded by landowners can be provided with attractive repayment terms. Housing will likely be available at a discounted rental rates for the farmer during the life of the lease term.
Approximately 120 acres of farmland are immediately available. Approximately 5 acres are suitable for pasture only, the remainder is currently hayed or can produce an agricultural crop. No shelters or facilities are currently available but landowners are willing to discuss funding for a permanent winter shelter for livestock. Currently, a temporary fencing system is used for rotational grazing. The landowners are willing to provide funding for perimeter fencing that may be required for the operation. Up to 20 acres of temporary fencing is available to the lessee.
Farmer Recruitment Process
Interested farmers are asked to submit a letter of interest addressing the following questions:
What will success look like at the Landgrove Farmland under your stewardship and how long will it take to get there?
Summary outline of agricultural and business plans
What qualifies you to carry out the proposed use of the farm?
What other lease conditions do you have?
Please send your letter to Jon Ramsay at [email protected]. If you have any further questions about the farm’s resources or the process, or if you would like to visit the farm please let us know.