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Strolling of the Heifers Farm Tours

Strolling of the Heifers Farm Tours

 

Sunday, June 4 2017— 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bunker Farm

Bunker Farm

We’ve partnered with five special farms in the Brattleboro area to offer this year’s Stroll Weekend Farm Tour on Sunday, June 4.  Each of these farms has something unique to offer, will welcome you and share their work.

One-hour tours are being offered at 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:45 PM. This schedule allows sufficient travel time between tours from one farm to the next. Not all times are available at each farm. Please limit your farm visits on June 4 to the scheduled times. Some of the farms have farm stores you can visit at other times. Please contact the farmers directly if you wish to visit their store on another day.

Because space on each tour is limited, pre-registration is required!

If you plan to go on the Tour, you might find it handy to print out the info on this page — download it in PDF format here.

The Farm Tour is free, but we appreciate any donations to Strolling of the Heifers to defray the costs of the Farm Tour.

1. The Bunker Farm

857 Bunker Road, Dummerston VT — thebunkerfarm.com

Farmers: Noah Hoskins, Helen O’Donnell, Mike Euphrat, and Jen O’Donnell

Tour Times: 9:30-10:30 and 2:45-3:45

The 169-acre conserved Bunker Farm is a family-run diversified farm comprised of four lines of operation: pasture-raised meat and poultry, annual and perennial flowers, maple syrup, and community outreach and education. The farm tour will touch on all areas, including a pasture walk to visit the animals, a tour of the greenhouse and vegetable fields, and an explanation of our wood-fired maple syrup operation. Visitors are welcome to purchase farm-raised chicken, pork, beef, flowers and maple syrup.

Bunker_group

Photo by A. Blake Gardner/Vermont Land Trust

Directions: From Brattleboro, head north on Rte 5 (Putney Rd). At traffic circle, continue north on Rte 5  for 3.5 miles. Make a left on Schoolhouse Rd. After approximately 1 mile, make a right on Miller Rd. After 1.8 miles, bear left to continue on Miller Rd. Make a right at stop sign onto Bunker Rd. The farm is on the left.

2. Scott Farm

707 Kipling Road, Dummerston, VT — scottfarmvermont.com

Farmer: Zeke Goodband

Tour Times: 9:30-10:30 and 1:00-2:00

The Scott Farm consists of 571 acres located in Dummerston. This year we will harvest 120 varieties of ecologically grown heirloom apples, as well as a dozen other types of fruit. The farm has 23 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a recorded history dating back to George Washington’s first term as president. Since 1995, the farm has been owned by The Landmark Trust USA, a non-profit organization committed to historic preservation.

Scott Farm

Scott Farm

Come join Zeke Goodband for a stroll in our orchard and learn a bit about the history of our heirloom fruits. We’ll discuss orchard ecology, learn about grafting and how it was used to create this orchard, and then do a little scouting for pests and discuss how we manage them. The farm stand will be open and orchard-related items will be available for purchase.

Directions: From Brattleboro, head north on Putney Road/Route 5. After passing Hannaford Supermarket on left, make a left at next traffic light onto Black Mountain Rd. Continue for 0.6 miles, then bear right onto Kipling Rd. Continue 1.4 miles. Scott Farm will be on your left.

 

3. Wild Carrot Farm

511 Upper Dummerston Rd, Brattleboro VT – www.wildcarrotfarm.net

Farmers: Caitlin Burlett and Jesse Kayan

Tour Times: 11:15-12:15 and 1:00-2:00

Wild Carrot Farm is a small, diversified, horse powered farm in Brattleboro. We raise over 160 varieties of vegetables, fruits, flowers, pigs, chickens, turkeys, mushrooms and hay for a 120 member CSA, farm stand and local restaurants. The farm’s four draft horses plow, cultivate, make hay, and do all the things normally accomplished by tractors in a sustainable system that promotes healthy soil, biodiversity and a low carbon footprint. Visitors will see the horses in action as we prepare for the start of the CSA season, tour some of the animals in their pastures, and see a diverse, working animal-powered farm system. The farm store will be open with the first veggies of the season, meat, eggs, maple syrup, and maybe a few strawberries.

Directions: From Main St in Brattleboro, travel around circle at town common to Rte 30. Pass the Brattleboro Retreat. At .8 miles, turn left onto Upper Dummerston Rd. At approximately 1 mile, farm will be on your right.

 

Farm Tour 2017 Map

4. The Robb Family Farm

Photos of Robb Family Farm, Vermont

Courtesy of TripAdvisor

827 Ames Hill Road, West Brattleboro, VT — robbfamilyfarm.com

Farmers: Helen and Charles Robb Sr., Charles Robb Jr. and Karen Robb

Tour Times: 11:15-12:15 and 1:00-2:00

The Robb family has been farming on our land in West Brattleboro for more than 100 years. Currently, two generations of Robbs are the farm’s owners and stewards. Formerly a dairy farm, the family is currently focusing on two areas: maple syrup and grass-fed beef. The cattle are pastured and are not fed any grain. We have 3600 maple tree taps, and have turned our milk room into a candy kitchen where we make all of our maple cream, candy, sugar and added value maple products. The tour will include the farm’s meat and maple operations, and a hayride up into the pastures to visit the grazing cattle (weather permitting). The farm store will be open, and maple products and meat will be available for purchase.

Directions: From Brattleboro, take Rte 9 West. In the center of West Brattleboro, at the 7-Eleven store (1.3 miles from Exit 2 on I-91) turn left onto Greenleaf St.  After approximately 1.5 miles, go straight onto Ames Hill Rd (dirt). At first corner, bear right. At next corner, bear left.  Farm is approx. 1 mile on right and only 3 miles from Rte 9.

 

5. Miller Farm

1732 Fort Bridgman Rd, Vernon VT – Facebook @millerfarmvernonvt

Farmers: Paul Miller, Arthur Miller, Peter Miller, Keith Franklin and their families

Tour Times: 9:30-10:30 and 2:45-3:45

The Miller Farm is an organic dairy farm in the Connecticut River Valley in Vernon, VT. We milk around 170 registered Holstein cows, with an additional 150 dry cows and heifers. Our milk goes to make Stonyfield yogurt. We have about 600 acres under management, providing grass, alfalfa and corn for feed. During the summer season, all but our youngest calves graze at various paddocks. The farm tour will visit our milking parlor, small calf raising area, and answer any questions you may have!

Directions: From Brattleboro, continue on S Main St onto VT 142 South/Vernon St. Travel 5.4 miles. Farm will be on your right.


Possible itineraries

If you plan to visit 4 farms, we suggest one of the following itineraries, which entail a traveling time of no more than 30 minutes between farms. You may also opt to visit 2-3 farms using the suggested itinerary. Please print out our map or use your GPS or smart phone to enter addresses for the most direct routes.

  • Miller Farm, Robb Farm, Wild Carrot Farm, Bunker Farm
  • Miller Farm, Robb Farm, Scott Farm, Bunker Farm
  • Miller Farm, Wild Carrot Farm, Scott Farm, Bunker Farm
  • Bunker Farm, Wild Carrot Farm, Robb Farm, Miller Farm
  • Scott Farm, Wild Carrot Farm, Robb Farm, Miller Farm
  • Scott Farm, Robb Farm, Wild Carrot Farm, Miller Farm