Greenbacker’s Brookfield Farm is on the market. The Wallingford Road property encompasses 415 acres and consists of two parcels on either side of Route 68.
“We decided to sell the farm because all of the owners are pretty up there in age,” Joe Greenbacker said. “My brother Dave and I are doing most of the work.”
The Greenbacker family has owned and operated the Durham farm since 1983. But the family’s farming roots date back to the 1700s.
“Joe Greenbacker is a terrific man, from a terrific family,” listing agent Ann Harrison of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty said. “They have been hard-working people for years.”
Greenbacker’s Brookfield Farm is on the market for just under $5M. The real estate listing states, “The acreage is home to seven residences, multiple barns, cattle and equestrian infrastructure and breathtaking topography including extensive open fields, rolling hills, beautiful woodlands, a pond, commanding views and stunning sunsets.”
The Greenbacker family first started farming in Meriden, but outgrew the space.
In nearby Durham, the farmers found the land they needed.
Four years ago, as the price of milk dropped and dairy subsidies dwindled, the Greenbacker’s sold off their herd of hundreds of cows.
Joe Greenbacker is the oldest of four, and the siblings own the farm together. They decided, as a family, to put it on the market.
“The fortunate thing is that my daughter Melissa and her husband Matt still have some cattle here and would like to continue here,” Greenbacker said. “They would like to continue, but without more of the younger generation continuing on the farm, it was hard to see how they would have a path to take it over on their own.”
The landowners previous to the Greenbackers sold development rights to the State of Connecticut, and the deal is the property can only be used for agricultural purposes, or open space.