Starting a Family Farm in Vermont

Farm Happenings —
August 19, 2006, 4:13 pm
Filed under: Chickens, Construction, Farming, Pigs


The Barn is almost completed. It came out fantastic. It is a post and beam construction similar to our house and built by the same builder, John Newton of Landgrove, Vermont.  Our next major undertaking is the fence work. That should start very soon. We have hired Springfield Fence and can’t wait to get that going….


 The Landgrove Inn is now serving Asmall Farm’sFarm Fresh Eggs for breakfast! Tom and Maureen love the idea of Farm Fresh Eggs and we are right around the corner from them and will be delivering weekly. I highly recommend the Inn. It’s a cozy “Vermont Style” Country Inn located on Landgrove Road in Landgrove, Vermont.


Lastley, our GOS piglets have been born at Elysian Fields Farm and will be ready to be picked up in late September. Also, our Cattle ( Miniature Belted Galloways and Australian Lowline Angus ) will be arriving this fall. I will keep everyone posted —-  John


House for Sale — Landgrove, Vermont
August 8, 2006, 1:51 am
Filed under: for sale

We have a home for sale in Landgrove, Vermont. It is the “River House”. It was Built in 1830 and renovated in 2005 and sits on the West Branch ( Utley Brook ) of the West River. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. The Master Bedroom overlooks the River. It was featured in the March 2006 issue of Home Magazine. We are selling it because we found a larger home on 20 acres in the same town and had to make the move. Having 4 children and living here full time our current house suits our needs perfectly and is the site of our Family Farm. The “River House” is ideal for a second home for a family looking to get away from it all. Landgrove, Vermont is an extremely special place and I have been told and believe it chooses you and you don’t chose it. There are approximately 150 full time residents in the town. The nearest ski mountains are Bromley ( 5 minutes away ) and Stratton ( 20 minutes away) and it is a  20 minutues drive to Manchester, Vermont. We purchased the River House in October 2004 as a second home and immediately started renovating it. All the floors we either stripped down or replaced with wide planks. The exterior is freshly painted historic Dorset Gold. A new metal roof was put on. We added 2 dormers to the second floor above the living room which can be used as a study, office, or a 5th bedroom. The new appliances include an oven, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Almost all of the windows have been replaced and most have been fitted with custom screens. In the basement, we poured a concrete floor and re-insulated (sprayed) the walls. We also added a free form stone walkway which leads to the new mahogany front porch. The house is currently listed at Country Living Properties. If you have an interest, feel free to email me at —-  John