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Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

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Long-term Farm Rental in Shelburne / open house June 3


Morris Farm, ShelburneBackground and Information The owners of the Morris Farm, together with the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) are looking for qualified farm seekers to establish farming operations on approximately 77 acres of land in Shelburne, located on the Shelburne – Hinesburg Road. The owner and VLT are hoping to provide an opportunity to arrange a long term lease agreement on the agricultural to multiple agricultural producers that will be a benefit to the local community.

Property Description The 169 acre Morris Farm was conserved in 2003 by VLT. The land is located on the north side of the Shelburne – Hinesburg Road about 10 minutes from Burlington. The land has been hayed since conservation. At this time no farming infrastructure is located on the farm, however, agricultural structures are permissible. See the attached maps for the soil types. The land located adjacent to the road is suited for many different types of production. No housing is available on the parcel.

Due to the soils and location, this property has potential for the establishment of multiple commercial, diversified farming operations. The Shelburne area has a reputation for strong support of agriculture and local food. There is interest by the owner in establishing an operation(s) that supports these objectives.

Depending on the proposal, a partnership may be established with a farmer or multiple farmers and the owner to form a partnership where the costs of capital improvements to create a successful business such as greenhouses, barns or irrigation are shared.

locator map , ortho 2004 , soil map

Conservation Restrictions The farmland is subject to a VLT held easement that permits any type of agricultural operation, farm structures are permitted with prior written approval from the landowner and VLT. No housing or future housing is available on the parcel. A farm stand marketing products grown on the land is permissible.

Open House The Vermont Land Trust and the owner are hosting an open house at the farm to allow potential farmers to see the property. This will be held on Thursday June 3rd, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are unable to make this date, let us know and we will try to agree on another time when you can see the property. Applicants are requested to respond if interested in participating in the open house.

Lease Selection The owner will select a proposal from a farmer that best fits the following criteria: • Lease: Ability of the farmer to pay a rental fee. • Farm Enterprise: The farming enterprise described in the proposal is: (a) well suited to the size, soils and configuration of the land; (b) well adapted to local markets for farm products and will contribute to the local farm economy; (c) likely to encourage long-term commercial use of the farmland; and (d) economically feasible. • Farming Experience: Demonstrated farming experience and training that relates to the proposed farm operation. • Food & Fiber: Priority will be given to those proposals where food or fiber for human use is produced.

Requirements of Proposals If you are interested in an opportunity to lease this property we will need the following information:

  1. Your business and land use plan for the farm. Please give a detailed three-year plan and a broader picture of the ongoing direction of your farming operation. Please indicate any changes and improvement you envision. We realize that this is a short timeframe to come up with this kind of information, but the more information you can provide the better.
  2. Your qualifications that indicate that you can successfully execute your business plan. Strong agricultural references would be very helpful.
  3. Any other information that you think is important for us to consider.
  4. A proposal for the lease. Included should be desired lease term length and lease conditions.

Please send your offer, and related materials to Eric Morris at 370 Monarch Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 or by e-mail to morrisericd@gmail.com .

If you have any further questions about the farm and our process, contact Jon Ramsay at (802) 533-7705 or e-mail him at jramsay@vlt.org