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Vermont Agriculture Land Access Database:
Available Farm, Land, and Employment Opportunities

Please note: Educational resources covering options, considerations and preparation related to farm access, tenure, and stewardship are available in the Land Access Information Toolshed of the UVM Extension New Farmer Project website. Please also feel free to contact personnel at the New Farmer Project at newfarmer@uvm.edu or the UVM Extension Land Access Consultant, Ben Waterman, at (802) 656-9142 or ben.waterman@uvm.edu with any other questions, to schedule a free consultation, or if you would like to be sent a hard copy of any of the available materials.


Make an Inquiry

Landowner: Jon Ramsay (Vermont Land Trust FArmland Access Program Director)

Phone: (802) 533- 7705

Email: jramsay@vlt.org

WEATHERSFIELD, Roberts Farm through the Vermont Land Trust

Location: Weathersfield, Windsor County

Tenure Arrangements Offered:
Sale at agricultural value
Other: VLT is under contract to buy the Roberts farm by October 31, 2011. We are looking for a qualified farm buyer to own and operate the Roberts farm, preferably a buyer who will be ready to close on the purchase later this year or early 2012. We expect to have an appraisal of the farm agricultural value finalized by early July.

Acreage:
TOTAL: 60+/-
Wooded: 3+/-
Open: 60+/-
Tillable: 60+/-

Quality of Land:
The agricultural fields are large and level and the soils include 14 percent prime and 65 percent statewide soils. The farm is well-suited to vegetable or diversified farming and has strong potential for wholesale or direct-marketing operations. It is located on a main road within easy access of Interstate 91 and the interchange with I-89, making it very accessible to the Upper Valley and major markets in New England and beyond.

Farm Infrastructure:
Farm Buildings: The property includes a renovated two-family farmhouse, a 12-stall converted dairy barn, and other outbuildings, all in excellent condition.
Housing: renovated two-family farmhouse
Water Resources: In addition to the agricultural values, the Roberts property sits atop a giant aquifer. There are four drilled wells on the property.
Equipment:
Other: The Roberts property is located on the east side of Vermont Route 5 in Weathersfield and includes over 2,200 feet of frontage on the Connecticut River

General Information:
The sale of the conserved 60 +/- acre farm is part of the Farmland Access Program at the Vermont Land Trust (VLT). The asking price is $362,000. The goal of the program is to provide access to affordable farmland to commercial farmers. VLT is under contract to buy the Roberts farm by October 31, 2011. We are looking for a qualified farm buyer to own and operate the Roberts farm, preferably a buyer who will be ready to close on the purchase later this year or early 2012. We expect to have an appraisal of the farm agricultural value finalized by early July. VLT is hosting one open house at the farm to allow potential buyers to see the property. It will be held on Wednesday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are unable to make this date, let us know and we will try to find another time when you can see the property. Applicants are requested to respond if interested in attending the open house. The farmhouse is currently leased and will not be open to viewing. We will select a proposal from a buyer who best fits the criteria set forth by the VLT Farmland Access Program. For more information about this farm opportunity, requirements of proposals and the buyer selection process, visit http://www.vlt.org/initiatives/affordable-farmland/weathersfield-farm or contact Jon Ramsay at jramsay@vlt.org or (802) 533-7705.


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