We (Christine and Adam) have been married since 2003. We started our farm in 2004. We have two daughters, Sadie and Delia. Our farm grew out of our desire to grow good food for our wedding, and we caught the farm bug. So, we are in our 17th year of organic farming and our 15th year with a CSA program. It was the dream of landowners Roy Newton and Ev Grimes to bring the land back into active farming use. They supported us in starting Blue Heron Farm on their land.
It was the dream of landowners Roy Newton and Ev Grimes to bring the land back into active farming use. They gave us support, love, and freedom to grow Blue Heron Farm in this beautiful place. On October 31, 2012, thanks to Roy, Vermont Land Trust, South Hero Land Trust, family, countless friends and community members – we are now the stewards of 30 acres on Quaker Rd. Buying this land and conserving it from development, has secured our future, our children’s future and the future of agriculture in Grand Isle. A lot has, can and will happen on this small acreage – feeding many people, from all walks of life.
This year we are going continue to use the knowledge and skills we have been honing to grow our/your food more holistically and provide the best, most nutrient dense food we can grow. Over the last few years, our soils have taken quite a beating with the extreme weather conditions. By working toward balancing soil minerals and fostering a thriving soil biology, we can take our farm to the next level-not to get bigger, but to grow in a more symbiotic way with our farm’s life and soil and protect against future weather extremes. This means we will grow even tastier and more nutritious vegetables, eggs, milk and meat! We have already seen marked improvement in our land and food.
With your continued support, we can keep feeding you and your family, our family and our community at large. We continue on working our dream of growing a diversified family farm with produce, grazing sheep for fiber and meat, sweet cows for raw milk and beef, poultry for eggs and meat, apprenticeships, and therapeutic/educational programs. We strive to have our farm have a symbiotic relationship with the way with our farm’s life and soil and protect against future weather extremes. This means we will grow even tastier and more nutritious vegetables, eggs, milk and meat! We have already seen marked improvement in our land and food.
We both believe deeply that it is important for our world to have an organic, local food system, and we know working with your hands and seeing the fruits of your labor is profoundly good for the spirit. Another aspect of our farm is the attempt to make organic affordable, and to give back. We offer supported shares through the VT Farm Share Program. Community members’ contributions are matched by NOFA-VT to help households who have limited means secure a CSA share. If you are interested in a supported share or making a contribution, please contact us. We also offer Senior Shares to the residents at the Round Barn here in Grand Isle in partnership with the USDA & NOFA-VT. We donate organic produce to the Food For Thought Program – a community based summer breakfast/ lunch program for children & their families in GI County & GI Foodshelf nearly year round, we believe in Food for all! We also look forward to helping conserve more farmland here in Grand Isle County with VT Land Trust and South Hero Land Trust.
Both of us work on the farm fulltime now with our children, volunteers, friends, apprentices, and our animals.