A Vermont Family Farm
Our farming philosophy - it's got to be good for the environment and good for the family
Our goal is to grow crops that feed and support one another within an agricultural ecosystem. We focus on perennial crops that allow our soils to thrive with little disturbance. Our mix of managed forest, open space, and wildlands provides clean water, captures carbon from the air, and provides habitat for wildlife to thrive in.
The Christmas trees came first- Fred Werner planted the first trees on our farm in 1980. The bees came shortly after, although we took a break from them in the 1990s and 2000s. Cheryl kept bees in the 1980s, but took a break to raise the kids until Amanda wanted to try beekeeping in 2008. We started producing horse hay in the early 2000s to keep the farm's meadows open. Open space benefits the Christmas trees by giving them plenty of light to grow. In 2018 we added Shropshire sheep to our farm, grazing them in the Christmas trees to help us with weed control.
Cheryl and David both have long family histories of sugaring - Cheryl's family has been making maple syrup in the Champlain Valley for over 150 years! But we didn't add retail maple to our farm until 2008. The sugarbush provides the farm with forest diversity, a sustainable source of wood, and the sweetest way to end our long winters.
So what's coming next on the farm? In 2021 we added enough solar panels on the farm to supply our own electric needs. We're experimenting with mulching as a weed suppressor and soil improver. We're always looking for ways to improve our soils and help our trees grow better.
MEET THE TEAM
Head of Sales
Department of Elf Resources
DR. JESSIE WERNER
Holiday Cheer Committee
Official Shop Dog