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Brattleboro area Farm Tour

Brattleboro area Farm Tour

2017 Farm Tour is in planning stages, please come back soon to register!

Take a look at what we did last year!

Sunday, June 5 2016— 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 5 Each of these farms has something unique to offer, will welcome you and show you around.

One-hour tours are being offered at 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:45 PM. This schedule allows sufficient time between tours to travel from one farm to the next. (Not all times are available at all farms.) Please limit your farm visits on June 5 to the scheduled guided tour 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 110 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 you pass the Hannaford Supermarket on the left, take a left at the next traffic light onto Black Mountain Road. Continue for 0.6 miles, then bear right onto Kipling Road. Continue 1.4 miles; Scott Farm will be on your left.

3. 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 St., 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 3200 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. 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.

Download this map in PDF format.

4. Deer Ridge Farm

4057 Hinesburg Road, Guilford, VT 05301

Farmers: Jerry Smith

 

View a wide array of flowers as you tour our beautiful farm. Look at honeybees doing their important work. Taste and compare all flavors of maple syrup. Ask questions and learn about cut flowers, maple syrup, raspberries, strawberries and honey production. Maple syrup and candy, and flower and vegetable starts will be available for sale. Children can plant sunflower seeds to take home.

DeerRidge

Directions: West from Brattleboro on Route 9; 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.  You will follow signs 4.8 miles to our driveway on the left. 

5. The Franklin Farm

4708 Weatherhead Hollow Road, Guilford, VT — franklinfarmstore.com

Farmers: David, Mary Ellen and John Franklin

Tour Times: 9:30-10:30 and 2:45-3:45

The Franklin Farm is a diversified family farm in Guilford, Vermont. David and Mary Ellen, with their son, John, milk 60 certified organic cows as members/owners of the Organic Valley Cooperative. They also make wood-fired maple syrup, raise a few pigs, and keep 100 laying hens.

The farm tour will include a walk in the pasture to meet the cows, and learn how their summer diet makes their milk taste so delicious. Participants will see how the calves are raised, we’ll discuss organic dairy management, and will answer any questions you may have. The farm store will be open, with fresh eggs and maple syrup available for purchase.

FranklinFarm

Directions: From I91, take exit 1. Go south 1.4 miles on Rte 5. Make a right onto Guilford Center Rd. Proceed 1.7 miles and make a left onto Weatherhead Hollow Rd (1.75 miles from Rte 5). Proceed 4.7 miles, make a right onto Franklin Farm. The farm is about 7 miles from I91.


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 (listed above under each farm) for the most direct routes.

  • Franklin Farm, Deer Ridge Farm, Scott Farm, Bunker Farm
  • Franklin Farm, Deer Ridge Farm, Robb Farm, Bunker Farm
  • Franklin Farm, Robb Farm, Scott Farm, Bunker Farm
  • Bunker Farm, Robb Farm, Deer Ridge Farm, Franklin Farm
  • Scott Farm, Robb Farm, Deer Ridge Farm, Franklin Farm


Please register here for the Farm Tour! Your donation (optional) is appreciated!

2017 TOUR REGISTRATION – coming soon- thanks for your patience!