Our guests take time for rejuvenation in a historically rich and tranquil setting, a renovated farmhouse overlooking Lake Champlain. In the spring and summer of 2018 we'll begin to make improvements to the grounds - including siting and caring for flower, vegetable, and fruit gardens, clearing and maintaining 100 acres of fields, hay meadows, and pastures, and creating trails through the woods. We'll also continue to chisel away at the daunting work of rehabilitating or dismantling the farm's long-neglected historic structures.
As a farm, we offer many opportunities for guests to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors even beyond walking or running down the road or through the fields and woodland trails. Guests, children and adults alike, are always welcome to help with the daily chores. Putting in hay, clearing brush, building and repairing fence, stacking firewood, tending the garden, and caring for our livestock keeps us healthy, fit, strong, connected to the land, and in-tune with the changing seasons.
Additionally, our guests can take pride in supporting a family dedicated to green living, and sustainable entrepreneurship and land management….
We reduce our packaging waste because we serve our own fresh eggs, dairy products, and fruit preserves. We'll produce our own breakfast meats, fruits, and vegetables as our garden, orchard and facilities are developed.
We reduce food packaging waste by cooking from scratch.
We reduce your exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and plastic residues by serving local, organic, non-gmo, and homegrown foods.
We reduce our carbon footprint by being “night sky friendly”, using energy efficient lighting and appliances, and conserving electricity by turning lights and appliances off when not in use.
We reduce our carbon footprint by serving local and homegrown ingredients which require less fuel to grow, process, and transport.
We are transitioning the house over to low-flow water fixtures and toilets to reduce water consumption and energy used in pumping and heating water.
We reduce our carbon footprint by providing our guests with fresh, natural, mountain air-dryed linens, towels, and bedding.
We are transitioning the house and outbuildings to rainwater collection to reduce electric water pumping, protect the lake from excessive run-off, and to protect the local water table.
We refuse single-use items, especially plastic shopping bags.
We plan to utilize high efficiency wood stoves to burn dead timber from the farm and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
We plan to use compost heat reclamation to maintain above freezing conditions in our farm’s water supplies, tack, and utility rooms.
We plan to transition to on-site, sustainable electricity.
We reduce waste and commercial feed expenses by giving edible food waste to our grass-fed, free-range laying hens.
We reduce waste by composting paper products, garden waste, and inedible food waste (fruit peels, coffee grounds, etc).
We use high-quality, durable and/or antique furnishings, cookware, dinnerware, and linens rather than disposable service items.
We produce much of our own food and store it in reusable glass containers.
We always use our reusable shopping bags.
We recycle and favor purchased items in reusable and recyclable containers.
WE ARE HERBICIDE AND COMMERCIAL FERTILIZER FREE.
We use organic fertilizers (animal waste, compost, charcoal, and wood ash) to build the farm’s biomass, fertility, and water-retention.
WE ARE CRUELTY-FREE
We offer animal cruelty-free bath products.
Our animals enjoy a life free of cruelty, over-crowding, confinement, and fear.
Our dairy calves are weaned gradually and never isolated from their mothers.
Our hens are free-range and allowed to raise their chicks if they “go broody”.
Our horses are trained with kindness and never over-worked.
Our meat animals are grass-fed and live for two full years - or until they become too aggressive and harmful to the female members of their herd/flock.
We are working to source our pork products from farmers committed to sustainable farming practices and humane treatment.
WE PROTECT LAKE CHAMPLAIN
We do not use pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers.
We use biodegradable soaps and cleaning products.
We practice sustainable grazing and manure management to minimize agricultural runoff.
We will be collecting rainwater to control erosion.
We are working to minimize micro-plastic pollution through the use of 100% cotton bedding, linens, towels, and throw rugs.