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OUR STORY

3rd Generation Vermont Homesteaders

Genna grew up on her family's homestead in Shaftsbury, Vermont. The property was purchased by her grandfather who used it to grow berries and a victory garden to feed the family. Genna's parents continued the tradition with a small vegetable operation and beautiful flower gardens. 

 

David is originally from Long Island and grew up exploring the Great South Bay. He spent his time sailing, fishing, and clamming.  

 

Genna and David met and fell in love while working at Stratton Mountain Resort. Together they decided to settle down in the rural hillsides of Athens, Vermont to pursue their dream of being farm owners. 

SISTER GARDEN

Sister Garden is named for Genna's sister Kyra. Kyra worked on a farm in St. Ignatius, Montana, and was working towards farm ownership. She died in 2013 and each year Genna has planted a sister garden to honor her life. Spending time in the garden cultivating new life has been a way to heal and move forward. When the farm was purchased it seemed appropriate to continue to tradition and Sister Garden was born.

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Working with the Land

When we first bought the property we envisioned growing diversified vegetables. Our first season was a struggle. The acidic rocky soil proved to be a poor match for lots of the plants we wanted to grow. Throughout that first summer, we spent countless hours pulling wild raspberry and strawberry plants from our gardens. It became clear to us that we needed to work with the land, not against it. The next spring we planted the majority of our cultivated land in strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. 

 

Beyond crop selection, we employ all kinds of growing techniques that work with the land. These include animal husbandry, cover crops, crop rotation, companion planting, fallow fields, composting, and many more. We also refrain from using artificial fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. 

Our goal is to return this piece of Vermont back to agriculture to feed our family and community. We strive to leave the soils richer than when we found it.

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