MEET YOUR NEW NEIGHBORHOOD FARMERS

Eli and Valerie are excited to establish roots in the thriving community of the Upper Valley. The couple ran a part-time organic vegetable operation from 2015-2019 in Fairfax, Vermont, as they searched for their forever farm. They are honored to carry on the tradition of organic farming on Butternut Road, at the former home of Killdeer Farm and Greenhouses. Please stop by the farmstand to say “hi” and to introduce yourself.

ELI HERSH

The only thing Eli loves more than growing good food is eating it. Eli fell into farming in his early twenties and has never looked back. He has been a farmer for over 12 years, with experience in vegetables, dairy, and livestock. His passion for healthy soils and cooking great meals for his friends and family fuels his dedication towards growing wholesome, local vegetables. He loves ending a hot day with his feet in the river, popsicle in hand.

VALERIE WOODHOUSE

Some of Valerie’s most treasured memories are of playing in her great grandfather’s garden, shelling peas around the table, and stirring up the family’s compost. She found her way back to farming after college, and quickly grew devoted to greenhouse production. While the couple started their part-time farm, she pursued a masters in social work and spent four years working in community mental health. She hopes to someday unify her two passions by opening a farm-based therapy program. In the meantime, she’s committed to growing vibrant flowers, and sharing green beans with Molly, their farm dog.

 

FARM PHILOSOPHIES AND PRACTICES

Honey Field Farm is committed to clean, sustainable, soil-building practices that prioritize health. You can trust our business to:

  • Rotate crops each season

  • Allow land to rest for a season before going back into production

  • Organically manage our fields, keeping harmful chemicals out of your food, soil, and waterways. 

  • Utilize integrated pest management 

  • Irrigate responsibly

  • Test our soil and water annually to ensure our practices are meeting our goals

  • Follow a published food safety plan to ensure all veggies coming out of our wash station are clean and safe for your family

 

Our fields, vegetables, and herbs are certified organic. Although our flower starts are not certified, we take care to source our materials responsibly and provide transparency about our growing practices. We are always happy to answer questions about how we grow!

The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.

- The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry

 

COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY

We dedicate ourselves to growing nutritious food with sustainable, organic practices to promote healthy soils, people, and communities. We want to give everyone the chance to enjoy fresh, nutritious produce. We aim to increase regional food security with efficient practices to make high-quality produce affordable and accessible, and by collaborating with the local organizations doing this important work.

 

We are passionate about working with agencies and organizations that address food insecurity and make sure that all Vermonters have access to healthy, delicious food.

  • Our Free Choice CSA is eligible for NOFA-VT’s Farm Share Program, which provides financial support for families living at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.

  • We collaborate with Willing Hands to glean leftover vegetables from our fields for local human services agencies and neighbors in need. 

  • We work with Vermont Food Bank to donate funny-shaped or excess produce. 


If you are an agency or group interested in partnering with or visiting the farm, please contact info@honeyfieldfarmvt.com or call

(802) 649-1500.

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