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Willow Crossing Farm
Willow Crossing Farm
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2780 Route 15 w, Johnson, , VT, US
(802) 734 1129
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

Beckins McLean Keith Morris Lisa Fernandes Michel Dumont Peter Elmore Simha Bode
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Willow Crossing Farm

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Commercial, Demonstration, Educational, Financial/Economic

Project Summary

Diverse Cold-Temperate Homestead, Farm, Research and Education Site.

Project Description

Willow Crossing Farm is an experimental and educational organic family farm. We grow a diversity of nuts, fruit trees, vines, berries, vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs and teas, produce eggs and honey, and host a variety of educational programs.  Our mission is to research, innovate, experiment, evaluate, demonstrate, and educate about new crops, techniques, and value-added products that have the potential to be both profitable and ‘ecologically regenerative’.  We seek to embody permaculture design in its application to an economically viable farm enterprise and homestead with systems that are integrated and patterned in to increase ecological health while meeting human needs.
The site itself is rich alluvial floodplain and floodplain terrace, including ponds, wetlands, and upland forest.  While mismanaged in the past (from an ecological perspective), we are slowly creating a sanctuary for wildlife: birds, insects, rare and endangered wetland and riparian plants and animals; and connecting ourselves to the natural world and the legacy of cultivated diversity.

We have been working with ‘Trees for Streams’, the Lamoille County Watershed Alliance, the Anglers’ Association, and other groups to reforest eroding riverbanks with native and valuable multi-purpose trees.  As of this fall, we are now enrolled in the CREP program through FSA and NRCS, and as of spring 2011 EQIP.

In addition to earning a living, offering employment for friends and neighbors, and producing an abundance of nutrient dense organic food and medicines to our community- our goals include welcoming the wildlife that shares our farmland, providing refuge and habitat for birds, bees, and other insects, and contributing to a healthy watershed for our valley by connecting people with wild nature/ regenerative human ecology for purposes of healing both.

Presently, we direct market eggs, honey, vegetables, nuts, medicinal herbs, teas and tinctures, fresh fruit and berries, nursery plants, pickles, and preserves to community members, in Burlington, and area restaurants.

We also host workshops on natural beekeeping; fruit and nut tree pruning, grafting, and propagation; natural building; and permaculture design.

Rooted Earth Healing Arts & Botanicals is run by Kori Gelinas- a massage therapist, yoga instructor, and composer of custom blended teas and other herbal medicines for her clients from our gardens.

As we’re along the Lamoille River, adjacent to the Long Trail, and on the Rail Trail, we also aim to provide opportunities for people to connect with their food system and the natural world while enjoying a variety of recreational activities.  Please in touch for information about farm-based hostel opportunities, investing or partnering in our farmstand ‘diner’, or ‘Chef in the Field’ Dinner Events.  We are also in the process of finishing a more suitable year-round home on the farm.

We also manage a building in downtown Johnson as an educational ‘urban homestead’, with 2 apartments available for year-long leases.
In terms of crops- I have been collecting and experimenting with (almost) everything one can grow in Vermont, and some things that you “can’t” grow in Vermont for over 10 years.  A few have stood out and performed exceedingly well in our trials and we’re undertaking more serious market production: Hybrid Hazel Nuts, Hardy Kiwis, Hybrid Chestnuts, Hybrid Juglanacea (walnuts, butternuts, ‘buartnuts’, pecans, and ‘hicans’), Pine Nuts, True Rice (Oryza), Styrian Pumpkins (for Pumpkin Seed Oil and seed production), and Winer Vegetable Production.

In addition to producing these crops as foods, we’ve been selecting and preserving the best genetics adapted for our region, and sell seed or other propagules of our collected varieties to other farms and growers.

For this coming season, we will also be building our team with more and/ or longer term employees, please be in touch about seasonal crew and internship opportunities.


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