Our farm has been a family endeavor for decades and is a place where people can roost, fly off to other things and return in time. A place of family, a place of pack, a place of pigs, a place of pastures and forests in a secluded valley hidden away in the mountains east of Montpelier, Vermont.
Walter loves working with animals, plants and machines. He has a knack for engineering, math, construction, working with animals, gardening and breaking big problems down to small enough chucks that they can be solved. He is a creator, a maker, an impover, a fixer. He also enjoys photography and writing the articles on our blog. Walter loves contra dancing, as does everyone in our family, and was a professional rock climber for fifteen years as well as a beekeeper for 25 years in addition to inventing, owning and running a manufacturing company and a book and magazine publishing company for over 20 years. In addition to running the farm and managing our livestock breeding program and dog training Walter does meat cutting of our pork and handles the sales of our meat and pigs. Walter, Will and Holly trained for 18 months with master butcher Cole Ward here in Vermont. Walter is also trained in the USDA HACCP food safety system.
Ben has a knack with animals, enjoys theater, philosophy & psychology, cartooning, rip-sticking which is like skate-boarding, and he takes care of the livestock on the farm. Ben is versatile and creative, often making new tools to simplify life on the farm. Ben has taken over the weekly delivery route and also helps Walter with meat packaging in the butcher shop. Recently Ben has been learning meat cutting. In addition to helping with construction, form making, polyurea and building the amazing scaffolding that kept us safe, Ben is the stone cutter who carved all the marble in the bathroom and the granite sills in the hall and rooms of our butcher shop.
Will helped with building the butcher shop and south field Ark. Will is fascinated by physics, mathematics, engineering and excellent at word play. He is the metal master in the building of our butcher shop, constructing all the stainless steel doors, cabinets, tables and shelves. He is currently working off farm at a local furniture maker that buys maple hardwood from our forest and teaching waltz classes.
Holly trucked our pigs to the butcher and delivered our meat around Vermont to stores, restaurants and individuals for years. She decided she’s done with country living and moved back to the city and new adventures at the Washington Mental Health Institute. When she has the time she also draws portraits, plays music and occasionally writes an article for our blog as well as attending Quaker meeting.
Hope loves theater, drawing, tigers, ferrets and has just about memorized all the Harry Potter books – she is a voracious reader. Ferrets are her favorite animal followed closely by tigers – or perhaps the other way around some days.