Like many of today’s farmers, we are first generation farmers who deeply value the synergy between our land, our table, and our community. We are lucky to have learned our craft and trade from some of the most brilliant farmers in the northeast.
Rico, co-owner, production manager: An undergraduate plant biology major, Rico became interested in farming through a summer internship as an integrated pest management (IPM) scout for Rutgers University way back in the ’90s. Rico’s first stop after graduating was Howell Living History Farm in NJ, where he worked with draft animals and became convinced that farming was in his future. From then on it was a working apprenticeship: as assistant manager at North Star Orchards in PA, and as a production manager at Bishop’s Orchard in CT. While looking tirelessly for a piece of land to purchase, Rico worked with farmers in the Catskills on water quality issues, and presently continues this work with UVM Extension. Though Rico is joyfully and frequently distracted by his family and young sons, his singular focus is to run a modern, sustainable, and successful farm.
Jill, co-owner, marketing manager: Jill began farming at age 19 when she landed an endurance farming position at Heron Pond Farm on NH’s seacoast. Undaunted, she moved on to spend her summers farming until she finished her undergraduate degree in English. After college, Jill was part of the founding of Local Harvest CSA, a multifarm CSA, in NH, and subsequently co-authored Local Harvest: A Multifarm CSA Handbook. After spending time WWOOFing in Europe, Jill went to graduate school, earning her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and subsequently split her time between teaching and farming until she and Rico purchased farmland in Vermont. In 2012, the couple had Leo and in 2015 they welcomed baby Julian. Jill relishes each day as a mother-farmer-teacher-writer–and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Our farm business began on the beautiful hill that we own in Wells, Vermont. After five years, our business had outgrown it’s infrastructure and land base, and in February of 2017, we moved to a former dairy farm in nearby Pawlet, Vermont. Since our move, the pastured pork and grain growing components of our business have expanded and are thriving in their new setting. Similarly, our family is taking full advantage of this very special historic farmstead, wandering fields and barns and sampling all the fruits of past labor: asparagus, blackberries, peonies, hollyhocks.