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Radiating Influence

A visit from “retreating” (advancing?) members of the Intervale’s Board of Directors last week gave us a refreshing opportunity to reflect in the middle of an action-packed week. We left the exchange inspired by the conversations. We were asked “How has the work of the Intervale Center influenced your farm?” First of all, Intervale’s slogan […]

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Coming Together

As if operating on an off-kilt calendar there they came… over the river and through the woods! Cousin Kelsey reached out and next thing you knew more relatives from near and far wanted to gather and there we were twelve members of our extended family grateful for each other and our meal. It is a […]

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Getting Turkeys to Boston…or not

Abundant harvests of this warm early fall are bringing glorious orange, reds, yellows and greens to the farmstand, foreshadowing Vermont’s famous foliage! Remembering that vibrancy and intensity of color, like taste, are indicators of nutrient density, we are thrilled not only to offer these delicacies to our community but also to have such spectacular indicators […]

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Connection, Companionship and Community

That late summer BLT will drip off the corners of our mouths and our yellow, orange, red and purple tomato salads will refract color like a sunset… This week at the farm, Darienne achieved a critical milestone toward these lovely moments. The deeply green, sturdy and tall heirloom tomato plants she seeded on  March 21 […]

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Hands-On Enthusiasm & Gratitude

Once again, we are in the midst of hosting a Williams College Winter Study Class at the farm engaging with them in a great, hands-on, learning adventure.  The week combines hands-on activities with conversations with farmers, journalists, policy makers, and others in the food system focused on how to make our food system more sustainable, […]

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Finding Inspiration in Community

Owing your own business, and a farm no less, offers plenty of fodder for the worriers.  The possibility of a barn fire is one that gets even the zen farmers a bit worried.  In the past few years, they seem to have been numerous.  Perhaps some combination of old infrastructure and of course great fuel […]

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Hands-On Enthusiasm

It seems fitting that in this week that our farm and neighborhood received the news that Roy Butler had passed away, we were caught up in a great, hands-on, learning adventure. We hosted thought leaders and had intimate meals and conversations. We trundled off to Montpelier and Hardwick, to Royal Butcher, Mountain Deer Taxidermy and […]

Roy and Liz helping Liva pot up tomatoes

Food, Farms & Community

Close your eyes and remember a matriarch or provider in your family. Can you see the proud and satiated smile of someone who has provided a feast for their loved ones? Sharing the farm has created some of that satisfaction this week as the Williams College Winter Study class piled out of the van, and […]

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Community Support!

Saturday’s forecast seemed perfect to operate on the hoophouse. The ridge vent has had some chronic leaking problems, due to being pulled out of alignment by the fan-fed air bubble. Team Rimol had advised we add stabilizers to each bow instead of the normally directed every other. Mike and Andrew spied the break in the […]

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Growing in Community

Mari’s piece on the financial challenges to small farms and the need for more honest conversations about farm viability appears in the new issue of Local Banquet.   Thanks to all who shared your thoughts and reflections as she prepared this piece.  And most of all thanks to all of our customers, farm supporters and […]

williams students at Mountain Deer Taxidermy