A New Tiny Farm Life in Vermont


 Tiny House and Pups

After a decade long stint in the Southern United States, I’ve returned to the great Northern terrain of Vermont just in time for winter.  My husband and I have purchased 20 acres and a tiny house and are playing the game of starting from scratch all over again. The first snowfall has coated the landscape and our garlic made it into the ground just in time to rest.  This season of the year always finds my energy condensing back into my bones, bringing a heat into my core that was at one time stretched all the way to the sun. As I prepare myself for months of introspection and cabin fever, I can’t help but see this mirrored out into the farm organism on every level.  In order to experience the immense expansion of Spring, the world must take a deep inhale and set all of our minds to dreaming.

Forest in Snow

This mostly open landscape is begging of us to introduce new ecology and stratify the environment for productivity and habitat.  The land has been a heifer pasture for the last 35 years and boasts a soil to match. The ground was never too compacted by hooves or over foraged and a beautiful diversity of grasses and weeds carpet the pasture entirely.  The 4 acres of woods show some signs of being a hang out for cows and some work and some time undisturbed will help bring the breath back into the ground. A small pond that almost went dry during the drought of late summer has filled back up with the relentless rains of October and an occasional duck can be found quietly holding space.

Tiny House

With this blank slate we find ourselves trying to choose a path to follow.  We know we will grow vegetables and cut flowers like we have every year for some time now and Elliot has prepared some ground to do so.  We know we want to integrate perennials into our farm organism and want plant in such a way that the landscape feels inspired by the design.  The farm itself is a hill farm with our own perch resting right on top a massive ledge creating a flat terrace closest to the road. We have a small greenhouse to place before the snow gets deep and the ground freezes for the winter and will have laying hens arriving in February that will need somewhere to roost.  Ruminants are sure to follow when the ground thaws as we seem to always have a cow and some sheep rotating through our system.

Kerry H
11/14/2018 10:41:12 AM

Go Darby!! I am blessed to have met you at standing rock and it is inspiring to witness your journey unfold!

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