The Lower Field at SHO

18 acres • $225,000

Property Owner:

Farmer or farm family

Contact Name:

Shawn Smith

Property Location:

Camels Hump Road, Huntington, Vermont
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

18.0

Total acres available for agriculture:

18.0

Acres of forested land:

4.5

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

12.0

Acres of pasture:

1.5

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

The forested acreage is enrolled as ESTA land under Current Use, so there are no scheduled harvests. Most of the apple trees are within the ESTA, and can be maintained for long-term production.

Quality of land:

No chemical treatment of the land has occurred under our ownership since 2003. The land is a mix of hayfield, pasture, riparian woodland, and nearly 50 vintage apple trees. The USDA NRCS soil classification is Prime Farmland. The soil types per USDA NRCS include Hh (Hadley very fine sandy loam, frequently flooded); Hf (Hadley very fine sandy loam), StA (Stetson gravelly fine sandy loam 0-5% slope) and StC (Stetson gravelly fine sandy loam 12-20% slope) — dominate soil type is StA.

Farm Information

Water sources present:

None available

Barns and sheds:

None available

Farmer housing:

None available

Equipment and machinery:

None available

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Sale price:

$225,000

Additional Information

The Lower Field at SHO is a discrete portion of our 1,300+/- acre farm, SHO Farm.  The seller, Foundation For A Sustainable Future, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit promoting land and biodiversity conservation, ecological innovation, and the evolution of consciousness.  The Foundation is selling a portion of SHO Farm to raise funds for its rescue duck sanctuary and next wave of land-based work, including establishing a permanent wildlife preserve, researching agroecological-wild farming, and continuing its wild edibles project. 

The property is often referred to as part of the “gateway” to Camels Hump.  Located within Huntington Center, across from School Street and Brewster-Pierce Memorial School, this undeveloped parcel has been stewarded to enhance and protect its value as prime agricultural land, including a vintage apple orchard, important wildlife habitat - especially pollinators, the existence of Current Use’s newly created ESTA’s, or ecologically significant treatment areas, and the scenic view it provides community members and visitors who walk, run, bike, and drive by.  It is a very special landscape.

The land offers a wide variety of opportunities, from on-going ag and wildlife habitat stewardship, apple harvesting, recreational use for walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, photography, enjoying Brush Brook, to the site of a single new home, to creation of a residential development to extend of our lovely village.  The land is not formerly conserved, so for anyone interested in pursuing formal protection that option is available.  

DISCLOSURES

  • buyer shall be solely responsible for payment of land use change tax if a portion, or all, of the land is withdrawn from Current Use  
  • buyer shall be solely responsible for payment of any commission due a licensed real estate salesperson or broker who works with or formally represents them in a transaction
  • in keeping with the the mission of the seller, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and to preserve Huntington Center’s ecosystem health and charming New England character, as well as the health of the greater watershed given the extensive frontage along Brush Brook, the property will be sold subject to the following deed restrictions: 1) no chemical agriculture 2) no GMO crops 3) no hunting, fishing, or trapping 4) no animal agriculture 5) architectural review of structures -- fuller descriptions can be provided to serious inquiries
  • seller is the Foundation For A Sustainable Future and director and vice president, Shawn Smith, is a Vermont licensed real estate broker whose real estate firm, Earth Asset Partnership, LP is the seller's exclusive representative    

DETAILS

  • 18 surveyed-acres located on the north side of Camels Hump Road
  • 1,781.8 feet of road frontage along Camels Hump Road
  • 2,099.8 feet of frontage along Brush Brook
  • hayfield, pasture, woodland, apple trees
  • predominate USDA NRCS soil classification is “Prime Farmland”
  • soil types per USDA NRCS include Hh (Hadley very fine sandy loam, frequently flooded); Hf (Hadley very fine sandy loam), StA (Stetson gravelly fine sandy loam 0-5% slope) and StC (Stetson gravelly fine sandy loam 12-20% slope) — dominate soil type is StA
  • enrolled in Use Value Appraisal Program, aka Current Use
  • no chemical treatment during our ownership since 2003
  • vacant