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Land in Southern VT

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Location: upstate NY near MA/VT
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Hi everyone. I have had multiple inquiries about our property in VT. I'd like to provide more details about the general area, what you can expect, and what we are willing to offer. First, let's discuss southern VT. Bennington, VT is the largest city/town in the area, with Rutland VT farther north by about an hour. Bennington, VT is about an hour from Albany, NY, where most of the decent paying jobs are located. We are surrounded by forest, the Green Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, the Taconics, and then to the south, the Catskills and Shawangunks. Major lakes in our immediate area include Somerset and Harriman reservoirs. Skiing/Snowboarding mountains include Killington, Stratton, Mt Snow, Okemo, Magic, Bromley and many more. This area absolutely is hands down the most stunning and fresh place I've ever lived. We have year round water, no problem, with good snow most years, and long enough growing seasons in the summer for many many organic farmers here. The slow food movement combined with a higher consciousness of what real food can be provides the market for a sustainable permaculture movement. More and more young people here are returning to the family farm and continuing the legacy of their ancestors. These young people who are new farmers are the reason why we are and will continue to be wwoof and permies hosts (Cherry Plain Sanctuary Farm).

Our land: I bought the property to preserve the wildlife on this mountain. Other owners have the same vision. We have moose, bear, cats and the usual assortment of critters here. The springs feed off the mountain directly onto our hill slope. We have 30 acres of south facing property abutted by a nice high ridge, where the hawks soar immediately overhead. Our property is in the VT Land Use program and our forester is Lynn Levine, a noted wildlife tracker. We are working towards making our wildlife sanctuary official.

Within this sanctuary we have room for a few like minded individuals. However, we are not willing to hold a note without a big down payment. We are willing to subdivide 10 acres (or more) to the right folks, if they are willing to do the legwork and come up with the cost, which is $2000 per acre. Many people have contacted me, I've made appointments, shown the land, I've spent hours on the phone and emailing, and at this stage I feel communicating up front is needed. We bought this property and have debts ourselves, although this land is paid off, our farm is not. We live nearby on the MA/NY/VT border. We have jobs, horses, llamas, gardens, our own scene here that takes up so much time.

Because our property is in the Land use program, our taxes for VT are only $300 per year. It costs me literally that much to hold onto this land. As you can see, my incentive to keep it so far outweighs any desire to let it go. If you are SERIOUS and have enough to afford to buy property, I'm happy to discuss with you further. Please keep in mind we have our own debts and this is not a free come live here and develop the land offer. I'm open to a subdivide with the right folks who hold the same vision and won't let their land get repossessed or sell it to a developer. Trust must happen.

I hope this clears up any questions folks may have. Please google white road ruba readsboro VT to see the approximate location. Thank you, Jules

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the land on White Road in Readsboro, VT
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drinking fresh water on the land in Readsboro, VT
Jules Harrell
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Location: upstate NY near MA/VT
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