VTC discontinuing dairy education program at farm
Norwich Farm, the 6-acre complex with agricultural buildings, a classroom and a farmhouse on Turnpike Road, will have a new owner come May. The Upper Valley Land Trust (UVLT) exercised its option to purchase the property from Vermont Technical College. The farm adjoins the UVLT’s Brookmead Conservation Area.
The Sigler Foundation donated the farm and the 352-acre Brookmead land to Vermont Technical College (VTC) in 2015. VTC sold the Brookmead land to the UVLT a few months later along with an option to buy the farm, if the college discontinued its agricultural education programs there. VTC will end its dairy education programs at Norwich Farm this spring.
In a press release
, UVLT President, Jeanie McIntyre said: “We are currently leading an exploration of partnerships and programs that will advance our conservation mission and promote the health, sustainability and vitality of the Upper Valley. The site has more buildings than are typically found on a farm of its scale, and we wanted to be able to think about economically feasible ways of potentially bringing together non-profits and entrepreneurs there to serve community needs while meeting UVLT’s mission.”
Under the option agreement, VTC is to convey the property free and clear of all personal property, tenants, and encumbrances. It is not clear how VTC will handle any operations of Norwich Farm Creamery at the site. See: Norwich Farm Creamery At Odds With UVLT and VTC?