The town of Charlotte is offering approximately 100 acres ofagricultural land for lease in the Town-owned Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge. The land is accessed from Route 7 and is currently in a 5-yr lease that expires 12/31/2010.The land had been used for hay and corn crops over the past 10 years, and pasture at certain times of the year. The Town is open to considering a variety of lease options, including leasing all or some of the farm fields, and different lease durations depending on the needs of the farming enterprise.
Being within a public park, the land provides a unique opportunity for demonstrating forward-thinking agricultural practices. Additionally, the agricultural goals of the park must be balanced with its recreational and wildlife values, and farm uses need to be consistent with the guidelines within the Charlotte Park and Wildlife refuge Comprehensive Management Plan. This arrangement requires good communication and coordination between the farmer and the Park Oversight Committee.
The current (1999) Management Plan and a map of the agricultural units can be found on the Town of Charlotte web site at www.charlottevt.org
If you are interested, please contact the Park Oversight Committee Chairman, Jack Pilla at 802-343-1335.