Our Work

Our work is to re-imagine a collaborative working landscape that takes care of the soil, microorganisms, plants, animals, farmers, neighbors, and community that depend on this land. Through this work, we engage all members of our community in real and meaningful ways. We provide healthy, ecological food and products as well as joyful experiences that reaffirm our connection to each other and to our environment.

Core Principles

We work collaboratively with all the humans who are part of the farm team honoring each and every role and our past, current and future generations.

We honor the history of the land and surrounding landscape including the past, current and future owners and neighbors of our land.

We constantly ask questions of the land and ourselves as to what are good ways to work with the land and animals and people who are living here.

We make decisions about land and animal management that hold the highest level of respect and reverence for the soil, plants, and animals.

We are repairing and building a multi-generational community so that people at all stages of life have a place and a role on this land.


To continue to succeed in our simple yet ambitious work, we are evolving to organize the connected businesses and projects that operate from the farm-hub. Central to our farm community is the stakeholder team - our business owners, enterprise managers, key partners, and family members. Our team meets regularly in an iterative process where we practice active listening and transparency to vision and make decisions about our shared direction. In this, we aspire towards cooperative ownership and decision making, while also protecting the autonomy of our individual people and businesses so that they can freely collaborate, lead and shine. We also see our team work as part of supporting each other’s whole livelihood, which includes our personal emotional, spiritual, physical, and financial goals, relationships, and well being.

In addition to our farm families living on and off our land, there are currently three core businesses that operate from the farm: Bread & Butter Farm, Music for Sprouts, and Blank Page Café. There are several enterprises within each of these businesses (e.g. education, Burger Night, vegetables, etc) that, together, support the experiential, educational, and habitat regeneration goals that we share. We also partner with several off-farm organizations, including Nancy Winship Milliken (artist in residence), Wild Faith Herb Farm (herbalism classes), The Schoolhouse Learning Center (Farm Food Forest program), UVM's Farmer Training Program (beginning farmer education), 100 Years of Sun (tree nursery), Vermont Farm Tours (cheesemaking classes), Vermont PBS (Mr. Chris & Friends television show), and others, seasonally.  

This entire constellation of businesses, enterprises, and families shares land, space, resources, and customers, and works to build a solid foundation of community and financial health that allows for change and growth as we collectively and individually evolve into our goals and visions and plan for generational succession. 

Get to Know Our Farm Team

Our working landscape is at the heart of who, what, and why we are. At heart, we are ecological orchestrators that work with our plants and animals to serve our community with place-based nutrition, health, and experience that illuminates and connects us all to the vibrancy and abundance of our home. Through this service, we are re-learning our relationship to our habitat, which we shape every day alongside the plants, animals, and microorganisms who share their home with us.


 Our husbandry and cultivation practices follow place-based circadian and seasonal rhythms. These patterns are informed by our local weather, soils, and organisms. We join this practice in awareness with ecological and evolutionary biological science in order to advance artful and profitable relationships amongst the animals and plants we care for.

A proliferation of symphylans in our hoophouses threatened to stunt crop growth teaching us a lesson in soil ecology that we must provide better habitat for indigenous fungi to keep the symphylan population in balance. We now grow fungi habitat in our vegetable and tree crop gardens through no-dig sheet mulching systems with nutrient-dense woodchip compost. This practice not only balances our garden soil ecology, but also grows 8 inches of new nutritionally-balanced topsoil and reduces gardening labor in planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting.   


We study the landscape-scale mob migrations of herbivore ancestors whose patterns of movement and disturbance grew the most verdant, deep-soiled grasslands and savannas on Earth. We attempt to mimic these habits and habitats on our small scale by “mob grazing” our herbivore cattle at high-density and constant movement to regenerate our own grasslands and savannas. In 8 years of intense grazing practices we have experienced a 400% improvement (and still increasing!) in plant productivity.

We appreciate that ecosystem functions and wildlife habitats require landscape-scale regeneration, spurring us to expand our land base and partner with local land owners, managers, and stewards to restore increasingly larger habitat blocks and corridors. While we only own 143 acres, we collectively steward a growing land base of over 750 contiguous conserved or ecologically managed acres together with the University of Vermont, Nature Conservancy, Vermont Land Trust, The City of South Burlington, and neighbors.

The byproduct of this approach to land stewardship is the highest quality food we can provide. Not only is the food delicious, but healthier and more nutrient-dense than what is sold in grocery stores. We produce the highest quality meats - 100% grass-fed, mob grazed beef, woodland soy-free pork, and organic no-till vegetables, and are experimenting with new value added products like pesto and ferments, seasonally. We sell our food out of our farm store, as vegetable and meat shares through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, and through our weekly summer event, Burger Night.

We also partner with other nearby farms and purveyors to offer some additional products through our farm store and as part of our menu at Blank Page Café.

We love to cook and are committed to sharing nourishing recipes for preparing our food. Take a look at our recipes page for some inspiration. Keep an eye out for our upcoming cook book, which is coming directly from the experience of our CSA members! 


Integrated and experiential learning opportunities are a natural companion to our land stewardship approach and beliefs. As we are constantly learning from our ecosystem and community, we are also creating more learning and mentorship opportunities for people of all ages and life stages. In all of our experiences and programs we embrace play, honor our ancestral connection to physical movement, and recognize nature as our classroom.

 Music for Sprouts, Camp Bread & Butter, and Village School are some of our most immersive educational experiences for kiddos and young adults. At the core of these programs our mentors and teachers orient students towards their own processes of observation, discovery, and integration with nature.  

 We also mentor adults through the UVM Farmer Training Program and other University of Vermont partnerships.  

Read more about our educational approach and programming.

We are in the process of learning how to share who we are and what we do with our extended community. Throughout this website, we've attempted to weave in our beliefs, motivations, and cultivation practices, in hopes that it will provide more clarity about our work, and how to best engage with us. You can sign up for our online newsletter below, through which we share stories, insights, and announcements from the farm. Our CSA members and Music for Sprouts Parents can also expect to receive regular newsletters, specific to those activities. We also engage on Facebook and Instagram, which is a great way to keep up to date with our events and announcements. Of course, our favorite way to build our community is by sharing time and experiences on the farm, at our events, tours, educational activities, burger night, or at the farm store. Hope to see you soon!