Author Archives: craigchevrier

214 Acre Farm For Sale. Hinesburg, VT $310,000

Dear Farmland Seekers and Service Providers.

Please send this information on to anyone that is interested.  Information is available at http://www.vlt.org/initiatives/lafreniere 

 

Lafreniere Farm

Background and Information

 

Thank you for your interest in the Lafreniere Farm in Hinesburg, Vermont. The Vermont Land Trust (VLT) is working with the Lafreniere Family and the Hinesburg Land Trust to provide a farm buyer the opportunity to acquire this 214 acre farm.  The asking price is $310,000.  There will be two open houses to view the farm July 7th and July 12th.

VLT will enter into a lease-to-purchase agreement with a farm buyer.  VLT expects the lease period to last approximately 17 months; during that time VLT will finalize the conservation process. VLT will negotiate the final details of the lease with the selected farm buyer to provide any needed flexibility.    

 

Property Description

The 214 acre Lafreniere Farm is located approximately two miles north of Hinesburg Village on Route 116. The frontage on Route 116 provides a unique opportunity to directly market farm products in Chittenden County close to Burlington. 

The farmhouse, built in 1939, has 2,664 feet of living space. The farmhouse has the potential to be converted into a two-family living unit. A drilled well provides water for the house and the former dairy barn.  The dairy barn has not been in active use. 

The farm has approximately 60 acres of tillable land and 60 acres of pasture. The soils are mostly Vergennes Clay with two percent to twelve percent slopes. The remainder of the land is a mix of forest, wetland and rare ecological areas. Some of the forested land was previously used as pasture and could be converted back into pasture. Property taxes are approximately $5,500 per year. 

 

Conservation Restrictions

The farm will be sold subject to a perpetual farmland conservation easement that will include an option to purchase at agricultural value. This option allows VLT to purchase the farm at its agricultural value should the buyer (or a future owner) attempt to sell the farm to a non-farmer. This provision is added to the easement to ensure the long-term affordability of the property to future farm owner-operators.

There will be a designated “farmstead complex” of approximately nine acres where farm and forestry structures can be built without prior approval of VLT. The final size and delineation of the complex will be configured to provide long-term utility to the farm buyer. Agricultural structures may be built outside of the farmstead complex with VLT’s prior written approval. Future non-subdividable farm-labor housing may be granted provided it is vital to the agricultural business.  The existing farmhouse may be converted to a duplex.  Farm labor housing may be constructed with prior VLT approval. 

The easement will provide special protection for a Clayplain Forest, a rare plant community located in the northeastern corner of the farm. A surface water protection zone, consisting of 42 acres, will require that management and use of that area be conducted in a manner designed to protect soil integrity, minimize erosion, and incorporate up-to-date ecological knowledge and management practices. Agricultural use within the archeological protection zone is permitted however large excavation and structures are limited in this area.  A copy of the draft conservation easement is available upon request. 

 

Price of the Farm

The asking price is $310,000. This is the appraised restricted value of the 214 acre property subject to a Vermont Land Trust conservation easement and option to purchase at agricultural value as described above.

 

Open Houses

We are hosting two open houses at the farm to allow potential buyers to see the property. They will be held on Monday, July 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday, July 12th, from 10a.m. to 2 p.m.

We strongly recommend that interested seekers attend an open house, since there is limited availability to see the farm outside of the open house dates. Applicants are asked to respond if planning to attend.

 

Selection Process

VLT will select a proposal from a buyer who best fits the following criteria:

 •         Price: (a) willingness of the buyer to meet our asking price; and (b) ability to pay cash at closing and/or proof that all necessary purchase financing has been, or can be, secured. A lease to purchase agreement will be structured with the farm buyer so use of the farm can begin after the selection. 

 •         Farm Enterprise:  The farming enterprise described in the buyer’s proposal is: (a) well suited to the size, soils, and configuration of the farm; (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.

 VLT is often presented with several good proposals, so this is a competitive process. Reaching a final decision on the farm buyer involves several steps. A decision-making team consisting of VLT staff members will reach a consensus on the top-tier proposals, followed by in-person interviews and reference checks for top-tier applicants.  Additionally, VLT will seek input from an independent advisory committee before reaching a final decision.  Upon completion of this process a final buyer will be selected.

  

Requirements of Proposal

If you are interested in making an offer, we will need the following by August 11, 2014:

 1.      The amount of your offer and any conditions. This is not a binding offer, rather an indication of what you would be willing to pay, when you would be able to close on the purchase, and what you might condition your offer on should you be selected as the buyer of the property (e.g. the sale of your home, financing, etc.).

2.      Documentation that you can finance the purchase price. This can be a farm-business balance sheet; a statement of your assets/net worth; or it can be any combination of such materials that will assure us that you have the financial resources to complete the purchase. If you are selected as a finalist you will need to secure a letter from a bank approving financing at that time.

3.      Preliminary land-use plan for the farm. This would include a broad overview of the near- and long-term use of the land. Please indicate any changes and improvements to the property you envision and how you would finance these improvements; be sure to provide documentation for this financing.

4.      A 3-year income and expense projection of your proposed farm operation.

5.      Your qualifications that indicate that you can successfully execute your business plan. Strong agricultural references would be very helpful.

6.      Any other information that you think is important for us to consider. This may include an analysis of local agricultural markets, a SWOT analysis, or press regarding past agricultural operations.

 Please send your offer and related materials to: Jon Ramsay, Vermont Land Trust, 8 Bailey Ave., Montpelier, VT 05602. To request additional materials, call Jon at (802) 533-7705 or e-mail him at jramsay@vlt.org.

 If you have any further questions about the farm resource and process, or if you cannot make this deadline, but are interested in the farm, contact us anyway; we will keep you informed of the progress of the farm sale.

 We look forward to hearing from you.

 Jon Ramsay

Farmland Access Program Director

 _______________________________

Jon Ramsay
Director, Farmland Access Program
Vermont Land Trust
P.O. Box 143
Greensboro, VT 05841
(802) 533-7705

 

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Winter Guided Exploration of Hinesburg’s “New” Town Forest

Please join members of the Hinesburg Trails Committee and the Hinesburg Land Trust in a guided exploration of the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest trails in their winter glory on Saturday, February 1.

We will meet at the Upper Gilman Road trailhead parking area (for directions, see http://www.hinesburg.org/documents/laplatte-headwaters-town-forest-area-trails-directions.pdf ) at 1 PM.  Please carpool as parking is limited.  We expect to be out for two hours and hope to see animal tracks and observe the effects of windstorms and timber management on the forest.  Please bring snowshoes, X-C skis, or micro-spikes, as appropriate for the snow/ice conditions and dress in layers.

If the weather is awful (rain or below zero temperatures) we will postpone until Sunday, February 2 at 1 PM.  For questions, to RSVP, and for last minute changes please email Lenore Budd at buddfamily@gmavt.net.

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

UVM, Vermont Land Trust to benefit from 225-acre Hinesburg land donation

Burlington Free Press 12/24/13

by Dorothy Pellett, Free Press Correspondent

A tantalizing glimpse of the beaver pond from Baldwin Road.

A tantalizing glimpse of the beaver pond from Baldwin Road.

A December gift of land will benefit the University of Vermont, the Vermont Land Trust and a host of hikers and students of nature.

The family of the late Henry H. Carse of Hinesburg has donated easements on 225 acres to the Vermont Land Trust for permanent conservation and public access, and at the same time donated the property to the university.

Diverse natural attributes make the land, located between Baldwin Road and Silver Street, a valuable site for study, while its views and peaceful surroundings appeal to walkers along Baldwin Road.

“The property’s wetland, calcium-rich ledges and uplands have an impressive mix of uncommon species and forest types, including a red maple/northern white cedar swamp,” said Bob Heiser, Champlain Valley Regional co-director of the land trust.

Along with 121 acres of wetlands, Hinesburg’s largest wetland area, the site comprises 63 acres of woodland with a maple-ash-hickory-oak forest and a transition hardwood limestone forest; 41 acres of agriculturally important soils; rare plant species and habitat for beaver, moose, bobcats, birds and other varied wildlife.

UVM students have used part of the area to observe plant communities on the eastern cliffs of the property. Now they and the rest of the public will have pedestrian access to the donated land. “The area contains natural communities and biodiversity elements not found on other UVM-owned lands,” said Rick Paradis, director of UVM’s Natural Areas Center.

Paradis said he recently has brought classes to the site to study the potential for managing it for conservation purposes and for developing visitor facilities such as trails.

“I am also coordinating a UVM process to determine if the site warrants being added to the UVM Natural Areas System,” Paradis said. “Final approval for this action will need to be made by the Board of Trustees.”

Carse purchased the land in the 1970s. He farmed, served in the Vermont Legislature and as town moderator and school director.

“Our basic interests were clear: to preserve the natural treasures of the land while providing public access and educational programs,” said Carse’s son, Henry Ralph Carse. The land has been owned by the Carse Land Company, LLC. The transfer of easements and land took place last week, Heiser said.

The Vermont Land Trust will be responsible for monitoring the land to ensure that ecologically sensitive areas are not disturbed and that the property is used for educational and research purposes.

Hinesburg Land Trust member Lenore Budd said she frequently walks on Baldwin Road and observes the Carse land, but it was posted as off-limits to the public, and she could have only “a tantalizing glimpse” of the beaver pond.

Budd said the Carse family’s generosity will be felt for many years as visitors enjoy and learn from nature. She added, “It is fitting that this transfer of ownership is happening during this season of giving.”

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Help Protect Hinesburg’s Largest Wetland Today!

The Hinesburg Land Trust is closing in on raising the remaining $5,300 to permanently protected Hinesburg’s largest wetland. The Carse Family is poised to conserve a 225-acre parcel that includes a large beaver pond, extensive wetlands, a remnant cedar forest, and limey outcrops hosting rare and uncommon plants.  When conserved, this beautiful and diverse landscape, situated between Baldwin Road and Silver Street, will offer public pedestrian access and will be managed both to protect its unique resources and make them available for teaching and research.

Once conserved, this peaceful setting will offer exceptional wildlife viewing to Hinesburg residents and UVM students.

Once conserved, this peaceful setting will offer exceptional wildlife viewing to Hinesburg residents and UVM students.

Special attributes of the Carse Wetland Property include:

  • 121 acres of wetlands, including Red Maple-Northern White Cedar Swamp, a state-significant forested wetland community;
  • 63 acres of woodland, including two state-significant forest communities: Mesic Maple-Ash-Hickory-Oak Forest, and Transition Hardwood Limestone Forest;
  • 7 acres of prime agricultural soils and 34 acres of statewide important soils;
  • rare and uncommon plant species, including bog wintergreen, hairy wood-mint wild millet, Minnesota sedge, walking fern, and other species associated with calcium enriched soils;
  • scenic dolomitic outcrops and ledges;
  • habitat for beaver, moose, bobcats, waterfowl, wading birds, songbirds, amphibians, reptiles, and insects.

Click to View the Ortho Map of the Carse wetlands (PDF).

Henry Carse points to a porcupine den in the base of a hollow tree.

Henry Carse points to a porcupine den in the base of a hollow tree.

This wetland complex well illustrates landscape-scale changes brought on by natural processes and native species. Back in the 1940’s beavers invaded what was probably Chittenden County’s premier cedar swamp. Now half-sunken logs and weathered standing dead cedar dot the beaver pond.  But this stage, too, is transitory:  the beaver pond is gradually transforming into a marsh and eventually into a wooded swamp.

By year’s end the Carse Family will donate a permanent conservation and public access easement on this special property to the Vermont Land Trust and then, in turn, will donate the land to the University of Vermont.

VLT Naturalist, Liz Thompson, documents interesting wetland flora.

VLT Naturalist, Liz Thompson, documents interesting wetland flora.

The Hinesburg Land Trust has already secured $7,200 of the $12,500 needed for easement monitoring and enforcement in perpetuity.  With your help we can raise the remaining $5,300 by the end of 2013.

Please send your tax-exempt donation to the Hinesburg Land Trust, PO Box 137, Hinesburg, VT 05461. 

Thank you for supporting this endeavor and successfully launching HLT into its 25th anniversary year.

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2013 Turkey Lane Turkey Trot Race Results

Hinesburg Land Trust’s

16th Annual Louise Roomet

Turkey Lane Turkey Trot

12/01/13

Fastest Man                           Norm Larson                         25:01

Fastest Woman                     Kasie Enman                          25:35

Under 15 Men                       Gregory Goldsmith               41:07

Under 15 Women                 Ashley Turner                       32:07

16 – 29 Men                           Michael Mainer                      27:55

16 – 29 Women                     Jenya Benno                          35:10

30 – 39 Men                           [no runners]                          —

30 – 39 Women                     Kasie Enman                          25:35

40 – 49 Men                           Chris Cover                            28:14

40 – 49 Women                     Joyce Marin                            30:47

50 – 59 Men                           Mark Styduhar                      30:34

50 – 59 Women                     Phyllis Arsenault-Berry        35:00

Over 60 Men                          Charles Windisch                  35:58

Over 60 Women                   Pat Mainer                             55.02

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Join the fun! The Louise Roomet Turkey Lane Turkey Trot – Sunday, December 1, 2013

A fun run and walk to benefit the Hinesburg Land Trust.  Bring the whole family and help preserve land for public use forever!

4.25 mile Fun Run and Walk

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Everyone, runners, walkers, and walkers with dogs are welcome and encouraged to participate.Runners start the race at the Turkey Lane Bridge at 1:00 PM. Walkers start at 12:45 PM. Registration runs from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM. No rain date. Or REGISTER EARLY — download and mail the 2013 Entry Form.

Directions:Going south on VT Route 116 in Hinesburg Village turn right(south) at the curve onto Silver Street. Lewis Creek Road is on the left(east), 2.8 miles south of Lantman’s Market. Continue east for .25 miles for registration, parking, and race start. For directions via Internet or GPS, type in the junction of “Turkey Lane and Lewis Creek Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461.”
Donations to the Hinesburg Land Trust:
$15.00 Individual
$25.00 Couples
$30.00 Families
Prizes for each class! Men and Women Age Groups  are:
?? to 15
16 to 29
30 to 39
40 to 49
50 to 59
60 and up
Fastest Man / Fastest Woman
Fastest Walker(s)
Slowest Walker(s)
Sponsors: Koval’s Coffee, Hinesburg; Hinesburgh Public House, Hinesburg; Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg; Fleet Feet Sports, Essex Junction; Sportshoe Center, South Burlington; The Mill Market & Deli, South Burlington .
Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The Adventure Journal Theme.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.