Mountain Luxury Home and Farm Stamford, VT
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240 Maltese Road
Stamford, VT 05352

Secluded Nature Retreat and Mountain Luxury Home

View of the Stars

A secluded home near all the amenities you could ever want, West Mountain Farm in Stamford, Vermont is truly a unique private nature retreat and animal farm for sale. It overlooks the mountain, communities, and towns that dot the land of southern Vermont and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.

A Perfect Location

While the thought of a completely secluded mountain luxury home may not sound completely ideal, the farm and nature retreat is within a short distance from shopping, world-class entertainment, and top-rated higher learning institutions. Albany and Hartford International Airports are under two hours away and a 3 hour drive takes you right into Boston. New York City is only a 4 hour drive away and 5 hours to Montreal! Nearby interstates are I-87, I-91, I-90, and the Taconic State Parkway so you’ll have easy access to anywhere you want to go.

Nearby Towns

  • Stamford, VT
  • North Adams, MA
  • Williamstown, MA

Nearby Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Hunting
  • Shopping
  • Museums
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Music
  • Dance

Nearby Airports

  • Hartford International
  • North Adams Private Airport
  • Albany International
  • Bennington Private Airport

Nearby Colleges & Arts

  • Williams College
  • Berkshire Community College
  • Bennington College
  • Mass MoCA
  • Clark Art
  • Southern Vermont College
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Nearby Resorts & Attractions

  • Jiminy Peak
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Mt. Snow
  • Green Mountain National Forest

Nearby Museums & Music Venues

  • Clark Art
  • Mass MoCA
  • Tanglewood
  • Jacob’s Pillow
  • Music Mountain

Endless Potential

The mountain luxury home is perfect for a retreat; and it has been so since its construction in 1970. The custom design and construction makes this mountain property for sale a fantastic place to live. The quiet, natural surroundings allow for a peaceful home life, but the property is still close enough for access to the outside world. This animal farm for sale is particularly ideal for preppers, as it allows you to efficiently grab the supplies you need while storing it in a safe, hidden away area.

There is no need for do not disturb signs here! Musicians, writers, artists, and executives of all sorts will find quiet and privacy here. With rezoning, this gorgeous mountain property for sale could be perfect for use as a recovery center or retreat. Whether for a corporate retreat center, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, or private home, West Mountain Farm is an amazing mountain estate with endless potential.

Where's the Beef?

If your answer is local, local, local, you are not alone. Meat CSA's thriving By RICHIE DAVIS Recorder Staff (As published in The Recorder of Greenfield, Mass. and Going Green magazine)

The demand for locally raised beef, as well as lamb, pork, chicken and turkey, has been inching upward enough in recent years, with Shelburne Foxbard and Wheel-View farms specializing in grass-fed beef, and Leverett EIEIO Farm selling beef, lamb, pork, and even goat meat.

But now, meat farm-shares operations, like Bostrom Farm in Greenfield, are also on the rise. Bostrom, which offers shares for 40-pound monthly beef and pork distributions from March to June, also sells its meat at Green Fields Market, at restaurants and through direct sales at the Greenfield Farmers Market and the Colrain Road farm.

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA the up-front subscription approach that gained a following for produce, and even grains, seafood and beer is also being used by livestock producers as one way of marketing their grass-fed beef, and other locally raised meats.

There are some wonderful vegetable CSA's around, but very few meat CSA's, Ipek Kursat of Ashfield DewGreen Farm said to Janet Clark of nearby Steady Lane Farm a few years back, after she been raising pigs and deciding that a collaborative CSA might make sense. Ashfield Meat CSA was born this last spring.

Kursat, a Turkish native who moved to Ashfield in 1995 and had been doing organizational consulting nationally and internationally while running a 3-acre mini-farm that began selling lamb and pork to area co-ops, found that markets were tightening and the cost of storing the frozen meat and transporting it was increasing.

The most-efficient way to sell farm products is on the farm, she said. CSA's enable that. The customers are local, they come here. In fact, the here is Steady Lane, the former 70-acre dairy farm that Clark moved to in 2002 from Acton, where she had been working for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. That's where she tends 15 cows and calves Galloways, Herefords, Angus and others as well as some of Kursat's Icelandic and Katahdin lambs. In this "geographically dispersed" operation, some of Kursat's hogs are on a 5-acre rented pasture in Shelburne.

The Ashfield women, who have launched their second six-month CSA cycle this month, also buy chickens from farmers around the area.

We're feeling our way in what the demographics are in our market, said Clark, who says that their approach also allows for "multi-species grazing", which is good for the land because the animals, which are moved from field to field, graze on grass of different heights.

They have sold to River Valley and Green Fields Market, as well as Sutter Meats in Northampton and some restaurants, but Clark says there's increasing competition, so they've turned to the CSA model, attracting 16 members last spring and summer, mostly around the Pioneer Valley, including Ashfield, South Deerfield and Northampton, but also from eastern Massachusetts and Keene, N.H.

They offer a range of share sizes, from 22 pounds a month down to 6 pounds of meat a month, and also offer custom shares. "We try not to lock people into a standard CSA share", said Clark, who includes recipes in the distribution bags. "It's very individualized, and we try to recognize that people have different needs. What they're buying is part of a whole animal, so cuts can vary every month. They're also flexible in having rolling sign-ups for the December-May cycle, with second-Saturday distributions at the farm, or delivered in the case of customers father away", said Clark, who says the hope is for the CSA to grow much larger. That's what happened at Hettie Belle Farm, a meat CSA in Warwick that went from 40 members seven years ago to 200 subscribers today and from 12 to 60 acres.

We always sell out, said Jennifer Core, who operates the farm with her husband, Olivier Flagollet. Together, they raise 24 beef cattle, 25 to 30 pigs, 600 to 700 chickens, 100 turkeys and 40 lambs and offer 45- and 65-pound winter shares monthly from November through March as well as a "grill-able" summer share. Hettie Belle, with virtually all of its meat sold through the CSA, has distributions on the farm, but also at Atlas Farm in South Deerfield, Crimson and Clover Farm in Florence, and at sites in Keene and Brattleboro, Vt.

"Initially, it was a real stretch to get folks thinking about what a meat CSA model would look like, because it's different than a veggie model. Now it's much more mainstreamed. That's a really positive thing", said Core. Still, she says, it takes a lot of time to work, one family at a time, to sell CSA shares from year to year, and although the farm has a good renewal rate, there are a lot of new farms in the area, resulting in more competition.

We're one of a very, very few organic meat and poultry CSA's, she says, although the farm's website makes it clear that while it's not certified organic, Hettie Belle uses organic grain for its pigs and chickens and only apply compost tea and manure to its fields.

"Also, were raising grass as much as animals, so any intense weather fluctuation impacts us pretty drastically", says Core, who had to buy hay this year. Obviously, the drought this year was stressful. And while Hettie Belle has managed to sell out its shares year after year, Core said, It's always uncertain, like any CSA there are days, there are a number of weeks, when you just don't know, when selling the last 10 or 15 shares is an uncertainty. That's just the reality.

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The Future?

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide.  All medical X-rays used Kodak film. Camera's, both commercial and industrial,security camera's- imaging of all sorts. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years - and most people won't see it coming.  Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again.

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world; 10 years earlier than expected.

In the US, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver's license and will never own a car.

It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 mi (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million mi (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year. This will increase world over growth and populations.

Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning coming impact.

Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can't last.

Technology will take care of that strategy.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the \"Tricorder\" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free.Goodbye, medical establishment and their absurd medical fees.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past. At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. Amazing things are coming fast.

Only the systems for paying for these capabilities remain to be defined.

In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-story office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed.

Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: "in the future, do you think we will have that?" and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea.

And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.And here's the clincher---Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.

Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don't need that space anymore.

There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as "alternative protein source\" (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you're in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they're telling the truth and when they're not.

Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency. Of the world.

Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it's 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100. But over population will create severe food problems.

Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to instant world class education.

The United States of America will most likely fall to a second world status country due to liberal voting policies. China will become the primary power of the world.

Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this Summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.

Those of you under 65 today will experience most of these. 

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