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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 or the UVM Extension Land Access Consultant, Ben Waterman, at (802) 656-9142 or 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.

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Landowner: Steve Smith



LANCASTER, 99-acre farm for lease in Lancaster, NH

Location: Lancaster, Outside Vermont County

Tenure Arrangements Offered:
Partnership with farmer seeking land
Short term lease (1-5 years)

Wooded: 94
Open: 5
Tillable: 5

Quality of Land:
No one has farmed this land in more than 50 years, so there is no known history of chemical applications. The 5 acres of open land is flat and has great exposure. The woodlands are a mix of spruce/conifer and hardwoods, offering great habitat for goats and/or pigs.

Farm Infrastructure:
Farm Buildings: One large fully enclosed shed next to the house, and a rustic cabin in a clearing near the house that would make an excellent chicken coop.
Housing: The house is 1,872 sq ft and was built new in 2011. It is all on one level with a large south-facing sun porch. There is a full basement that can be heated with an existing radiator, or left unheate
Water Resources: Water is from a spring-fed well. A year-round brook runs through the center of the property, passing next to the house.
Equipment: None at this time, but the landowner may be able to provide some equipment.

General Information:
This end-of-the-road property sits in a beautiful, secluded setting in the New Hampshire White Mountains, just a few miles from the Vermont line and near the town of Lancaster. The newly built house is heated by an outdoor wood boiler, and has propane as a back-up. Fuel wood can be sourced from the woodlands. In addition to gardens and poultry, the property potential includes woodlands that would provide excellent browse for goats or woodlot habitat for pigs. This property was once a working farm many decades ago, but it was used as a summer getaway for the past 50 years. The new landowner would like to see it restored to agricultural use, and will consider offering a reduced lease rate to help beginning farmers. The landowner also may be able to provide some limited working capital (for instance, for the purchase of livestock).

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