Call to Farmers: Mad River Valley’s Bragg Farm for Sale
If you dream of pulling brilliant orange baby carrots and candy-striped chioggia beets from a loam of your own, read on.
The Vermont Land Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization, has recently purchased the one-of-a-kind Bragg Farm of Fayston. This scenic and historic farm, nestled among the Green Mountains, including Sugarbush’s Mount Ellen and Lincoln Peak, was a dairy enterprise until 1973.
Now, through the VLT’s Farmland Access Program, the farm will be sold to a qualified, experienced farmer at its agricultural value. The new farmer will be chosen based on a variety of criteria.
One of the VLT's goals is that the farm operation aim to preserve the working landscape and serve as an instrumental asset to the already productive and resilient agricultural region of the Mad River Valley. Proposals are due October 26, as the Land Trust hopes to select the new owner in November.
As someone whose fairy tale consists of the challenges and rewards of earning a living off the land, embracing risks and nourishing the local community, I find this an opportunity I'm incapable of passing up. I know I'll be at the open house on September 19 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Will you?
For more information, visit http://www.vlt.org/initiatives/bragg.
Photo courtesy of Dennis Curran